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Lester, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The Town of Lester had a population of 344 as of July 1, 2017. Lester ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in West Virginia. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Lester is located at latitude 37.732 and longitude -81.3027 in Raleigh County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Lester (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.5 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Raleigh County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 2,037 feet.

The Town of Lester (GNIS ID: 2391270) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The Town of Lester is located within District 1, a minor civil division (MCD) of Raleigh County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Lester population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Lester, WV Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 344
Daytime Population: Workers 68
Daytime Population: Residents 256
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 324
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.94
Population in Households 340
Population in Familes 281
Population in Group Qrtrs 4
Population Density2 686
Diversity Index3 16


Median Household Income $51,470
Average Household Income $52,710
Per Capita Income $20,436


Total Housing Units 175 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 111 (63.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 29 (16.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 34 (19.4%)
Median Home Value $71,429
Average Home Value $89,545


Total Households 141
Average Household Size 2.41
Family Households 98
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.16% -0.35%
Households -0.19% -0.43%
Families 0.43% -0.41%
Median Household Income   0.42%
Per Capita Income   1.5%

Lester, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Lester to the other 405 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in West Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 285 30th
Population Density # 217 47th
Diversity Index # 85 80th
Median Household Income # 43 90th
Per Capita Income # 261 36th

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