Chester, Iowa

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Population in 2014: 126 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -16.6%
 
Males: 71  (56.6%)
Females: 55  (43.4%)
Median resident age:  32.9 years
Iowa median age:  38.0 years

Zip code: 52134

Estimated median household income in 2016: $30,278 (it was $21,875 in 2000)
Chester:

$30,278
IA:

$56,247

Estimated per capita income in 2016: $16,546 (it was $18,240 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $57,863 (it was $40,000 in 2000)
Chester:

$57,863
IA:

$142,300

Mean prices in 2016: All housing units: $63,530; Detached houses: $63,591

Median gross rent in 2016: $644.

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    • 12699.2%White alone
    • 10.8%Hispanic
Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Chester: 83.3 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (55.2%), English (11.2%), Norwegian (9.5%), Czech (6.9%), Scottish (6.9%), Irish (2.6%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 09/22/1900

Elevation: 1231 feet

Land area: 1.33 square miles.

Population density: 94 people per square mile   (very low).

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For population 25 years and over in Chester:

  • High school or higher: 91.8%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 6.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 18.0 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Chester city:

  • Never married: 38.6%
  • Now married: 43.5%
  • Separated: 2.7%
  • Widowed: 2.4%
  • Divorced: 12.9%

1 residents are foreign born

This city:

0.4%
Iowa:

4.9%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $925 (1.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $616 (1.5%)

Chester satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Rochester, MN (37.4 miles , pop. 85,806).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: St. Paul, MN (107.9 miles , pop. 287,151).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (264.0 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Lime Springs, IA (2.2 miles ), Le Roy, MN (2.7 miles ), Ostrander, MN (3.0 miles ), McIntire, IA (3.5 miles) , Riceville, IA (3.6 miles ), Spring Valley, MN (3.7 miles ), Cresco, IA (3.8 miles ), Taopi, MN (3.8 miles) .

Latitude: 43.49 N, Longitude: 92.36 W

Area code: 563

Chester household income distribution Chester home values distribution
Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

2.9%
Iowa:

3.3%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: -21 (-12.2%).
Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (30%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (23%)
  • Health care and social assistance (19%)
  • Construction (14%)
  • Wholesale trade (5%)
  • Retail trade (5%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (31%)
  • Retail trade (27%)
  • Accommodation and food services (16%)
  • Manufacturing (8%)
  • Other services, except public administration (8%)
  • Construction (4%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
Most common occupations in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Health technologists and technicians (19%)
  • Production occupations (16%)
  • Management occupations (14%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (14%)
  • Material moving occupations (14%)
  • Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations (9%)
  • Sales and related occupations (5%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (24%)
  • Sales and related occupations (20%)
  • Management occupations (12%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (12%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (10%)
  • Production occupations (10%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (8%)

Average climate in Chester, Iowa

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Chester-area historical tornado activity is slightly below Iowa state average. It is 56% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/15/1968, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 2.1 miles away from the Chester city center killed 13 people and injured 462 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 5/10/1953, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 3.4 miles away from the city center killed 2 people and injured 24 people.

Earthquake activity:

Chester-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Iowa state average. It is 86% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 235.7 miles away from the city center
On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 419.5 miles away from Chester center
On 6/28/2004 at 06:10:52, a magnitude 4.2 (4.0 MB, 4.2 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 225.6 miles away from the city center
On 6/10/1987 at 23:48:54, a magnitude 5.1 (4.9 MB, 4.4 MS, 4.6 MS, 5.1 LG) earthquake occurred 398.2 miles away from the city center
On 6/5/1993 at 01:24:53, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 245.5 miles away from Chester center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 355.0 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Howard County (17) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 16
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 14, Storms: 13, Tornadoes: 8, Winds: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Hospitals and medical centers near Chester:

  • OSTRANDER CARE AND REHAB (Nursing Home, about 10 miles away; OSTRANDER, MN)
  • PATTY ELWOOD CENTER (Nursing Home, about 12 miles away; CRESCO, IA)
  • RICEVILLE FAMILY CARE AND THERAPY CENTER (Nursing Home, about 14 miles away; RICEVILLE, IA)
  • SPRING VALLEY CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 15 miles away; SPRING VALLEY, MN)
  • REGIONAL HEALTH SERVICES OF HOWARD COUNTY Critical Access Hospitals (about 15 miles away; CRESCO, IA)
  • EVANS MEMORIAL HOME (Nursing Home, about 15 miles away; CRESCO, IA)
  • CRESCO CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 15 miles away; CRESCO, IA)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Chester:

  • Luther College (about 31 miles; Decorah, IA; Full-time enrollment: 2,700)
  • Northeast Iowa Community College-Calmar (about 34 miles; Calmar, IA; FT enrollment: 3,365)
  • Riverland Community College (about 35 miles; Austin, MN; FT enrollment: 2,321)
  • Rochester Community and Technical College (about 37 miles; Rochester, MN; FT enrollment: 4,444)
  • North Iowa Area Community College (about 46 miles; Mason City, IA; FT enrollment: 2,235)
  • Saint Mary's University of Minnesota (about 51 miles; Winona, MN; FT enrollment: 4,022)
  • Winona State University (about 53 miles; Winona, MN; FT enrollment: 8,397)

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Notable locations in Chester: Chester Grain Incorporated Elevator (A), Rich Incorporated Elevator (B), Chester Fire Department (C), Chester City Hall (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Chester include: United Lutheran Church (A), Methodist Church (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Howard County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2016: 32.4%
(34.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.0 people
Iowa:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  56.3%
Whole state:  64.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  6.3%
Whole state:  6.7%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 1.6% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households

Educational Attainment (%) in 2016

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2016

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

6.7
Iowa average:

10.4

Chester travel time to work - commute Chester mode of transportation to work chart

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Religion statistics for Chester city (based on Howard County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic3,9305
Mainline Protestant2,91414
Evangelical Protestant1,1048
Other2-
None1,616-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 3
Howard County:

3.15 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Howard County:

2.10 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

0.43 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 7
Howard County:

7.36 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 11
Here:

11.56 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.01 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

8.3%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Howard County:

27.1%
Iowa:

27.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

15.9%
State:

14.5%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Chester:

55.5%
Iowa:

48.7%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Here:

41.4%
Iowa:

44.7%

Average BMI:
This city:

28.3
Iowa:

28.6

People feeling badly about themselves:
Chester:

30.4%
Iowa:

22.0%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

6.7%
Iowa:

10.7%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

6.6
State:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

23.2%
Iowa:

33.5%

General health condition:
This city:

48.5%
Iowa:

54.9%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

85.1%
Iowa:

77.3%

More about Health and Nutrition of Chester, IA Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other Government Administration 0$0 1$959
Streets and Highways 0$0 1$149
Sewerage 0$0 1$374
Water Supply 0$0 1$374
Totals for Government 0$0 4$1,856

Chester government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Construction - Sewerage: $71,000 ($563.49)
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $11,000 ($87.30)
    General - Other: $10,000 ($79.37)
    Solid Waste Management: $8,000 ($63.49)
    Water Utilities: $6,000 ($47.62)
    General Public Buildings: $6,000 ($47.62)
    Sewerage: $4,000 ($31.75)
    Financial Administration: $4,000 ($31.75)
    Parks & Recreation: $4,000 ($31.75)
    Fire Protection: $3,000 ($23.81)
    Central Staff Services: $2,000 ($15.87)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $3,000 ($23.81)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Fire Protection: $1,000 ($7.94)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $12,000 ($95.24)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $1,000 ($7.94)

Chester government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $12,000 ($95.24)
    Solid Waste Management: $8,000 ($63.49)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $4,000 ($31.75)
    Rents: $1,000 ($7.94)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $12,000 ($95.24)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $12,000 ($95.24)
    General Support: $3,000 ($23.81)
  • Tax - Property: $32,000 ($253.97)
    Total General Sales: $8,000 ($63.49)
    Public Utilities: $2,000 ($15.87)
    NEC: $1,000 ($7.94)

Chester government finances - Debt in 2002 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding - Water Utilities: $20,000 ($158.73)
  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $58,000 ($460.32)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Water Utilities: $10,000 ($79.37)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Other, NEC: $55,000 ($436.51)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Water Utilities: $10,000 ($79.37)
    Other, NEC: $3,000 ($23.81)

Chester government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $121,000 ($960.32)

3.88% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($32,727 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.88%
Iowa average:

5.75%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Winneshiek County, IA  0.62% ($31,333 average AGI)
from Chickasaw County, IA  0.41% ($32,938)


5.25% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($26,981 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.25%
Iowa average:

5.94%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Winneshiek County, IA  0.61% ($26,292 average AGI)
to Mitchell County, IA  0.41% ($28,375)
to Fillmore County, MN  0.28% ($27,909)

Strongest AM radio stations in Chester:

  • KOLM (1520 AM; 10 kW; ROCHESTER, MN; Owner: OLMSTED COUNTY BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WCTS (1030 AM; 50 kW; MAPLEWOOD, MN; Owner: CNTL. BAPT. THEO/AL SEMI MINNEAPOLIS)
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KNFX (970 AM; 5 kW; AUSTIN, MN; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KXEL (1540 AM; 50 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • KWEB (1270 AM; 5 kW; ROCHESTER, MN; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KFIL (1060 AM; daytime; 1 kW; PRESTON, MN; Owner: KFIL, INC.)
  • KSTP (1500 AM; 50 kW; ST. PAUL, MN; Owner: KSTP-AM, LLC (DELAWARE))
  • WHO (1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KTIS (900 AM; 25 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE)
  • WKTY (580 AM; 5 kW; LA CROSSE, WI; Owner: FAMILY RADIO, INC.)
  • WSPT (1010 AM; 50 kW; STEVENS POINT, WI)

Strongest FM radio stations in Chester:

  • KROC-FM (106.9 FM; ROCHESTER, MN; Owner: SOUTHERN MINNESOTA BROADCASTING CO.)
  • KCZQ (102.3 FM; CRESCO, IA; Owner: MEGA MEDIA, LTD.)
  • KVGO (104.3 FM; SPRING VALLEY, MN; Owner: KVGO, INC.)
  • KFIL-FM (103.1 FM; PRESTON, MN; Owner: KFIL, INC.)
  • KYBA (105.3 FM; STEWARTVILLE, MN; Owner: SOUTHERN MINNESOTA BROADCASTING CO)
  • KOEL-FM (92.3 FM; OELWEIN, IA; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • KNXR (97.5 FM; ROCHESTER, MN; Owner: UNITED AUDIO CORPORATION)
  • KLSE-FM (91.7 FM; ROCHESTER, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • KZSE (90.7 FM; ROCHESTER, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • KAUS-FM (99.9 FM; AUSTIN, MN; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF LUVERNE, INC.)
  • KVIK (104.7 FM; DECORAH, IA; Owner: WENNES COMMUNICATIONS STATIONS, INC.)
  • KDEC-FM (100.5 FM; DECORAH, IA; Owner: DECORAH BROADCASTING, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Chester:

  • KTTC (Channel 10; ROCHESTER, MN; Owner: KTTC TELEVISION, INC.)
  • KSMQ-TV (Channel 15; AUSTIN, MN; Owner: INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT #492)
  • KYIN (Channel 24; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
  • KIMT (Channel 3; MASON CITY, IA; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL BROADCASTING OF SO. CAROLINA HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • KXLT-TV (Channel 47; ROCHESTER, MN; Owner: SHOCKLEY BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • KAAL (Channel 6; AUSTIN, MN; Owner: KAAL-TV, LLC)

Chester fatal accident list:

Feb 27, 2000 07:44 PM, Minnesota St, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1
Nov 22, 1978 07:40 PM, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 7, Fatalities: 2
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 1Number of bridges
  • 8m26ftTotal length
  • 3,160Total average daily traffic
  • 790Total average daily truck traffic
  • 5,708Total future (year 2033) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • CHESTER, Community Water Tank (Lat: 43.490639 Lon: -92.361972), Type: Tank, Structure height: 42.4 m, Overall height: 48.5 m, Call Sign: WQMC213
    Assigned Frequencies: 458.437 MHzGrant Date: 06/23/2010, Expiration Date: 06/23/2020, Certifier: Mike MinerRegistrant: Gj Therkelsen And Associates, 11635 Raspberry Hill Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55344, Phone: (952) 946-1839, Fax: (952) 946-1839, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

1
  • Call Sign: WB9EUM, Licensee ID: L01649923, Grant Date: 07/13/2011, Expiration Date: 07/13/2021, Registrant: Alan J Schroeder, 8241 River Rd, Chester, IA 52134

FAA Registered Aircraft:

3
  • Aircraft: MCKENNA GLEN R ZENITH CH 701 (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: JABIRU 2200 (85 HP) (4 Cycle)
    N-Number: 107GM , Serial Number: 7-5314, Year manufactured: 2010, Airworthiness Date: 09/10/2010
    Registrant (Individual): Glen R Mckenna, 6241 25th St, Chester, IA 52134
  • Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140 (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 107 mph), Engine: LYCOMING 0-320 SERIES (180 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 5752U , Serial Number: 28-26575, Year manufactured: 1969, Airworthiness Date: 11/05/1969
    Registrant (Individual): Alan J Schroeder, 8241 River Rd, Chester, IA 52134
  • Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT-401 (Category: Land, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: P&W R1340 SERIES (600 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 9186J , Serial Number: 401-0912, Year manufactured: 1993, Airworthiness Date: 04/14/1993
    Registrant (Corporation): Swancutt Aviation Inc, 6452 25th St, Chester, IA 52134

Drinking water stations with addresses in Chester and their reported violations in the past:

CHESTER WATER SUPPLY (Population served: 127, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 5

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (81%)
  • Electricity (18%)

Chester compared to Iowa state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Number of college students above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.
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