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Lester, Iowa - Basic Facts

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The City of Lester had a population of 381 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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


Total Population 381
Daytime Population: Workers 184
Daytime Population: Residents 207
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 391
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.03
Population in Households 381
Population in Familes 344
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 209
Diversity Index3 25


Median Household Income $64,303
Average Household Income $73,612
Per Capita Income $26,082


Total Housing Units 149 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 118 (79.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 23 (15.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 8 ( 5.4%)
Median Home Value $184,848
Average Home Value $227,754


Total Households 141
Average Household Size 2.7
Family Households 109
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 3.64% 2.21%
Households 3.61% 2.17%
Families 4.36% 2.28%
Median Household Income   3.63%
Per Capita Income   2.64%

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, 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 # 536 47th
Population Density # 867 14th
Diversity Index # 109 89th
Median Household Income # 167 84th
Per Capita Income # 630 38th

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