Chester, South Dakota

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Population in 2010: 261.
Males: 116  (44.7%)
Females: 145  (55.3%)
Median resident age:

39.0 years
South Dakota median age:

36.9 years
Estimated median household income in 2017: $54,607
Chester:

$54,607
SD:

$56,521

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $27,729

Chester CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $166,698
Chester:

$166,698
SD:

$167,600

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $164,993; detached houses: $193,300; mobile homes: $44,255

Median gross rent in 2017: $530.

March 2019 cost of living index in Chester: 76.1 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 1.3%
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Ancestries: Norwegian (44.1%), German (13.8%), Irish (13.1%), Danish (10.3%), American (7.6%), Dutch (2.1%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 1600 feet

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $1,806 (1.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $1,357 (1.3%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Sioux Falls, SD (26.6 miles , pop. 123,975).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Omaha, NE (188.1 miles , pop. 390,007).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (489.5 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Brant Lake, SD (1.5 miles),
Lake Madison, SD (2.6 miles ),
Wentworth, SD (2.7 miles),
Colton, SD (2.7 miles ),
Colman, SD (2.9 miles ),
Dell Rapids, SD (3.4 miles ),
Madison, SD (3.5 miles ),
Baltic, SD (3.6 miles )

Latitude: 43.90 N, Longitude: 96.93 W

Area code: 605

Distribution of median household income in Chester, SD in 2017
Distribution of house value in Chester, SD in 2017
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

3.3%
South Dakota:

3.1%

Tornado activity:

Chester-area historical tornado activity is above South Dakota state average. It is 77% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/7/1993, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 12.1 miles away from the Chester place center injured 5 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 6/7/1993, a category F4 tornado 17.7 miles away from the place center injured 4 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Chester-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below South Dakota state average. It is 71% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 125.4 miles away from Chester center
On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB) earthquake occurred 130.2 miles away from Chester center
On 11/3/2002 at 20:41:56, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 126.1 miles away from Chester center
On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 681.2 miles away from the city center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
On 10/25/1990 at 06:25:25, a magnitude 3.9 (3.6 MB, 3.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 77.4 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 126.9 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Lake County (14) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 9, Storms: 6, Tornadoes: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Hospitals and medical centers near Chester:

  • DELLS AREA HEALTH CENTER -NURSING HOME (Nursing Home, about 12 miles away; DELL RAPIDS, SD)
  • AVERA DELLS AREA HOSPITAL - CAH Critical Access Hospitals (about 12 miles away; DELL RAPIDS, SD)
  • BETHEL LUTHERAN HOME (Nursing Home, about 12 miles away; MADISON, SD)
  • DELLS NURSING AND REHAB CENTER INC (Nursing Home, about 12 miles away; DELL RAPIDS, SD)
  • MADISON DIALYSIS OF SANFORD HEALTH (Dialysis Facility, about 13 miles away; MADISON, SD)
  • MADISON COMMUNITY HOSPITAL - CAH Critical Access Hospitals (about 13 miles away; MADISON, SD)
  • GOLDEN LIVINGCENTER - MADISON (Nursing Home, about 13 miles away; MADISON, SD)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Chester:

  • Southeast Technical Institute (about 24 miles; Sioux Falls, SD; Full-time enrollment: 2,386)
  • South Dakota State University (about 31 miles; Brookings, SD; FT enrollment: 10,392)
  • Southwest Minnesota State University (about 70 miles; Marshall, MN; FT enrollment: 3,711)
  • University of South Dakota (about 77 miles; Vermillion, SD; FT enrollment: 7,328)
  • Minnesota West Community and Technical College (about 93 miles; Granite Falls, MN; FT enrollment: 2,225)
  • Western Iowa Tech Community College (about 102 miles; Sioux City, IA; FT enrollment: 3,544)
  • Iowa Lakes Community College (about 111 miles; Estherville, IA; FT enrollment: 2,311)

Public high schools in Chester:

  • CHESTER HIGH SCHOOL - 01 (Students: 121, Location: 102 2ND AVE, Grades: 9-12)
  • CHESTER AREA CYBER SCHOOL - 39 (Location: 102 2ND AVE, Grades: 9-12)
  • HIGH PLAINS - 06 (Location: 102 2ND AVE, Grades: 9-12)

Public elementary/middle schools in Chester:

See full list of schools located in Chester

Library in Chester:

  • DELKER MEMORIAL LIBRARY (Location: 400 4TH ST)

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Notable location: Chester Volunteer Fire Department (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Lake County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Average household size:
This place:

2.4 people
South Dakota:

2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:

67.6%
Whole state:

64.2%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:

8.3%
Whole state:

6.5%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.9% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households

For population 15 years and over in Chester:

Marital status in Chester, SD
  • Never married: 24.8%
  • Now married: 62.0%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 2.6%
  • Divorced: 10.5%

For population 25 years and over in Chester:

  • High school or higher: 90.3%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 25.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.6%
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

8.3
South Dakota average:

10.1

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Chester, SD (based on Lake County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant3,72611
Catholic2,0492
Evangelical Protestant1,47213
Other1261
None3,827-
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: 1
Lake County:

0.88 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

2.84 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 7
This county:

6.13 / 10,000 pop.
South Dakota:

6.68 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 16
Here:

14.01 / 10,000 pop.
State:

9.21 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

7.2%
South Dakota:

7.7%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

27.9%
State:

27.7%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Lake County:

12.3%
South Dakota:

14.9%

9.84% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($69,971 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.84%
South Dakota average:

7.74%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Minnehaha County, SD  1.37% ($77,231 average AGI)


8.91% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($50,801 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.91%
South Dakota average:

7.66%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Minnehaha County, SD  1.54% ($48,184 average AGI)
to Brookings County, SD  0.46% ($33,577)
to Lincoln County, SD  0.37% ($47,714)

Strongest AM radio stations in Chester:

  • KLOH (1050 AM; 9 kW; PIPESTONE, MN; Owner: WALLACE CHRISTENSEN)
  • KXRB (1000 AM; 10 kW; SIOUX FALLS, SD)
  • KSOO (1140 AM; 10 kW; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: SOUTHERN MINNESOTA BROADCASTING CO.)
  • KNWC (1270 AM; 5 kW; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE)
  • KELO (1320 AM; 5 kW; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: MIDCONTINENT RADIO OF S.D., INC.)
  • KJAM (1390 AM; 1 kW; MADISON, SD; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF BROOKINGS, INC.)
  • WNAX (570 AM; 5 kW; YANKTON, SD; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KOIL (1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KFAB (1110 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WCTS (1030 AM; 50 kW; MAPLEWOOD, MN; Owner: CNTL. BAPT. THEO/AL SEMI MINNEAPOLIS)
  • KKAR (1290 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Chester:

  • KKHG (107.9 FM; FLANDREAU, SD; Owner: LA COMMUNIQUE, INC.)
  • KKLS-FM (104.7 FM; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: SOUTHERN MINNESOTA BROADCASTING CO.)
  • KTWB (101.9 FM; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: MIDCONTINENT RADIO OF SOUTH DAKOTA, INC.)
  • KELO-FM (92.5 FM; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: MIDCONTINENT RADIO OF SOUTH DAKOTA, INC.)
  • KNWC-FM (96.5 FM; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE)
  • KMXC (97.3 FM; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: SOUTHERN MINNESOTA BROADCASTING CO.)
  • KJAM-FM (103.1 FM; MADISON, SD; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF BROOKINGS, INC.)
  • KSQB-FM (95.7 FM; DELL RAPIDS, SD; Owner: L A RADIO, INC.)
  • KLQL (101.1 FM; LUVERNE, MN; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF LUVERNE, INC.)
  • KIKN-FM (100.5 FM; SALEM, SD; Owner: SOUTHERN MINNESOTA B/CNG. COMPANY)
  • KKCK (99.7 FM; MARSHALL, MN; Owner: KMHL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KVCF (90.5 FM; FREEMAN, SD; Owner: VCY AMERICA, INC.)
  • KESD (88.3 FM; BROOKINGS, SD; Owner: SOUTH DAKOTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR ED. TELECOMMUNICATIONS)
  • KBRK-FM (93.7 FM; BROOKINGS, SD; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF HURON, INC.)
  • KRRO (103.7 FM; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: MIDCONTINENT RADIO OF S.D., INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Chester:

  • KELO-TV (Channel 11; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: YOUNG BROADCASTING OF SIOUX FALLS, INC.)
  • KDLT-TV (Channel 46; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: RED RIVER BROADCAST CO., LLC)
  • KSFY-TV (Channel 13; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: ELCOM OF SOUTH DAKOTA, INC.)
  • KTTW (Channel 17; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: INDEPENDENT COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KDLV-TV (Channel 5; MITCHELL, SD; Owner: RED RIVER BROADCAST CO., LLC)
  • K67GH (Channel 67; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • K43GX (Channel 43; MADISON, SD; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • KAUN (Channel 36; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: RAPID BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • K52ES (Channel 52; NORFOLK, NE; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • K34DR (Channel 34; HUMBOLDT, SD; Owner: INDEPENDENT COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KESD-TV (Channel 8; BROOKINGS, SD; Owner: SOUTH DAKOTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR ED. TELECOMMUNICATIONS)
  • K56GF (Channel 56; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 1Number of bridges
  • 7ft / 2.2mTotal length
  • $250,000Total costs
  • 1,146Total average daily traffic
  • 34Total average daily truck traffic
  • 1,146Total future (year 2017) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

25 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers in Chester)

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

4
  • Chester Disp, Bnsf Mp 26.1 Chester Dispatch (Lat: 43.864722 Lon: -96.929111), Type: Pole, Structure height: 12.2 m, Overall height: 18.3 m, Call Sign: WPWV561,
    Assigned Frequencies: 161.100 MHz, Grant Date: 12/29/2012, Expiration Date: 01/24/2023, Certifier: Robert C Leedham, Registrant: Bnsf Railway Co., 4515 Kansas Ave., Kansas City, KS 66106, Phone: (913) 551-4640, Fax: (913) 551-4053, Email:
  • Lat: 43.905722 Lon: -96.939861, Call Sign: WQNS651,
    Assigned Frequencies: 463.912 MHz, Grant Date: 05/11/2011, Expiration Date: 05/11/2021, Certifier: John Bunkers, Registrant: Sioux Falls Two Way Radio Svc. Inc., 700 E 3rd St, Sioux Falls, SD 57103, Phone: (605) 334-9816, Fax: (605) 334-1554, Email:
  • 24131 465th. St. (Lat: 43.887639 Lon: -96.908139), Call Sign: WQSW370,
    Assigned Frequencies: 152.990 MHz, Grant Date: 11/26/2013, Expiration Date: 11/26/2023, Certifier: Jeff Brown, Registrant: Sioux Falls Two Way Radio Svc. Inc., 700 E. 3rd. St., Sioux Falls, SD 57103, Phone: (605) 334-9816, Fax: (605) 334-1554, Email:
  • Lat: 43.851333 Lon: -97.031750, Call Sign: WQUR536,
    Assigned Frequencies: 151.655 MHz, Grant Date: 09/19/2014, Expiration Date: 09/19/2024, Certifier: Jeff Hass, Registrant: Sioux Falls Two Way Radio Svc. Inc., 700 E 3rd St, Sioux Falls, SD 57103, Phone: (605) 334-9816, Fax: (605) 334-1554, Email:

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

6
  • CHESTER, 46257 240th Street (Lat: 43.907583 Lon: -96.953639), Type: Gtower, Structure height: 88.4 m, Overall height: 90.2 m, Call Sign: WQSU666,
    Assigned Frequencies: 11265.0 MHz, 11305.0 MHz, Grant Date: 11/19/2013, Expiration Date: 11/19/2023, Cancellation Date: 05/13/2015, Certifier: John Monday, Registrant: At&t Mobility LLC, 2200 N Greenville Ave., 1w, Richardson, TX 75082, Phone: (972) 234-7003, Fax: (972) 301-6893, Email:
  • Wheelers Barn, Lat: 43.927778 Lon: -96.931000, Type: Building, Structure height: 15.2 m, Call Sign: WQVK264,
    Assigned Frequencies: 3650.00 MHz, Grant Date: 03/10/2015, Expiration Date: 01/15/2025, Certifier: Joel A Brick, Registrant: Interlakes Wireless LLC, 524 North Kansas Ave., Madison, SD 57042, Phone: (605) 480-0299, Email:
  • Wheelers Barn, Lat: 43.927778 Lon: -96.931000, Type: Building, Structure height: 15.2 m, Call Sign: WQVK264,
    Assigned Frequencies: 3650.00 MHz, Grant Date: 03/10/2015, Expiration Date: 01/15/2025, Certifier: Joel A Brick, Registrant: Interlakes Wireless LLC, 524 North Kansas Ave., Madison, SD 57042, Phone: (605) 480-0299, Email:
  • Wheelers Barn, Lat: 43.927778 Lon: -96.931000, Type: Building, Structure height: 15.2 m, Call Sign: WQVK264,
    Assigned Frequencies: 3650.00 MHz, Grant Date: 03/10/2015, Expiration Date: 01/15/2025, Certifier: Joel A Brick, Registrant: Interlakes Wireless LLC, 524 North Kansas Ave., Madison, SD 57042, Phone: (605) 480-0299, Email:
  • Wheelrs Barn, Lat: 43.927778 Lon: -96.931000, Type: Building, Structure height: 15.2 m, Call Sign: WQVK264,
    Assigned Frequencies: 3650.00 MHz, Grant Date: 03/10/2015, Expiration Date: 01/15/2025, Certifier: Joel A Brick, Registrant: Interlakes Wireless LLC, 524 North Kansas Ave., Madison, SD 57042, Phone: (605) 480-0299, Email:
  • CHESTER, 3.9 Mi Nne Of (Lat: 43.949139 Lon: -96.909778), Overall height: 89.3 m, Call Sign: KBI46,
    Assigned Frequencies: 3750.00 MHz, 3750.00 MHz, 3770.00 MHz, 3770.00 MHz, 3850.00 MHz, 3850.00 MHz, 6197.20 MHz, 5974.80 MHz, 3930.00 MHz, 3930.00 MHz... (+20 more), Grant Date: 02/02/2010, Expiration Date: 02/01/2020, Cancellation Date: 05/23/2012, Registrant: At&t Corp., 2315 Salem Road, First Floor, H9, Conyers, GA 30013, Phone: (770) 602-2065, Fax: (770) 929-4454, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

2
  • Call Sign: N0QJO, Licensee ID: L00644876, Grant Date: 11/14/2012, Expiration Date: 12/31/2022, Certifier: Brian S Kelly, Registrant: Brian S Kelly, 5200 S Shore Drive, Chester, SD 57016
  • Call Sign: W0SIR, Licensee ID: L01559032, Grant Date: 04/15/2010, Expiration Date: 06/26/2020, Registrant: Richard L Neish, 5231 Southshore Dr., Chester, SD 57016-0100

FAA Registered Aircraft:

1
  • Aircraft: JANZEN JAMES RV 4 (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: LYCOMING O&VO-360 SER (180 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 81BJ , Serial Number: 978, Airworthiness Date: 07/02/1989, Certificate Issue Date: 11/21/2005
    Registrant (Corporation): Lidel Const Co Inc, Po Box 130, Chester, SD 57016

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Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Chester, SD
  • 51.9%Electricity
  • 48.1%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Chester, SD
  • 100.0%Bottled, tank, or LP gas


Chester compared to South Dakota 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 significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house above state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
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