Lester, IA Profile: Facts & Data


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Lester, Iowa - Basic Facts

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The City of Lester had a population of 358 as of July 1, 2018. Lester ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density and the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Iowa. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Lester is located at latitude 43.4403 and longitude -96.3314 in Lyon County. The formal boundaries for the City of Lester (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.82 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Lyon County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,417 feet.

The City of Lester (GNIS ID: 2395686) 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 City of Lester is located within Township of Larchwood, a minor civil division (MCD) of Lyon 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, 2018.

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Lester, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 358
Population in Households 358
Population in Familes 321
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 196
Diversity Index2 25


Median Household Income $66,862
Average Household Income $73,411
Per Capita Income $25,733


Total Housing Units 140 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 113 (80.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 19 (13.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 8 ( 5.7%)
Median Home Value $184,524
Average Home Value $226,106


Total Households 132
Average Household Size 2.71
Family Households 103
Average Family Size 3
  1. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  2. 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 2.42% 1.41%
Households 2.35% 1.47%
Families 3.11% 1.32%
Median Household Income   2.57%
Per Capita Income   2.34%

Lester, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Lester to the other 1,009 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Iowa by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 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 # 554 45th
Population Density # 875 13th
Diversity Index # 119 89th
Median Household Income # 164 84th
Per Capita Income # 771 24th

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