Lester, Iowa

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Population in 2012: 296 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: +17.9%
 
Males: 132  (44.8%)
Females: 164  (55.2%)
Median resident age:  34.0 years
Iowa median age:  44.4 years

Zip codes: 51242, 51246.

Lester Zip Code Map
Estimated median household income in 2012: $54,192 (it was $38,750 in 2000)
Lester:

$54,192
IA:

$50,957
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $27,500 (it was $17,410 in 2000)

Lester city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $106,585 (it was $75,400 in 2000)
Lester:

$106,585
IA:

$126,300
Mean prices in 2012: All housing units: $133,000; Detached houses: $133,000

Median gross rent in 2012: $590.

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  • White alone - 275 (93.5%)
  • Hispanic - 16 (5.4%)
  • Black alone - 1 (0.3%)
  • American Indian alone - 1 (0.3%)
  • Asian alone - 1 (0.3%)

Races in Lester detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Lester: 86.6 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (28.9%), Dutch (16.2%), Norwegian (13.2%), Irish (11.5%), Swedish (10.5%), Swiss (5.2%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 12/26/1892

Elevation: 1388 feet

Land area: 1.81 square miles.

Population density: 163 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).

Lester,IA real estate house value index trend

Lester, Iowa map

For population 25 years and over in Lester:

  • High school or higher: 92.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 12.7%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 2.3%
  • Unemployed: 0.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 23.8 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Lester city:

  • Never married: 15.0%
  • Now married: 73.5%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 8.5%
  • Divorced: 3.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $796 (0.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $1,307 (1.1%)

Lester satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Sioux Falls, SD (21.1 miles , pop. 123,975).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Omaha, NE (151.5 miles , pop. 390,007).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (453.7 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Larchwood, IA (2.3 miles ), Hills, MN (2.5 miles ), Steen, MN (2.5 miles) , Alvord, IA (2.6 miles) , Rock Rapids, IA (2.9 miles ), Inwood, IA (3.2 miles ), Valley Springs, SD (3.5 miles ), Doon, IA (3.5 miles ).

Latitude: 43.44 N, Longitude: 96.33 W

Area code: 712

Lester household income distribution Lester home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

2.4%
Iowa:

4.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: -2 (-0.8%).
Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (21%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (18%)
  • Wholesale trade (17%)
  • Construction (15%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (10%)
  • Retail trade (5%)
  • Information (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (34%)
  • Finance and insurance (21%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (5%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (5%)
  • Manufacturing (4%)
  • Educational services (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (22%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (8%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (5%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (5%)
  • Financial managers (4%)
  • Computer specialists (4%)
  • Customer service representatives (12%)
  • Registered nurses (9%)
  • Financial clerks except bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (8%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (8%)
  • Accountants and auditors (6%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (6%)
  • Special education teachers (5%)

Work and jobs in Lester: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Lester, Iowa

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Lester-area historical tornado activity is near Iowa state average. It is 90% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/16/1992, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 29.6 miles away from the Lester city center killed one person and injured 35 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 6/7/1993, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 35.3 miles away from the city center injured 5 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Lester-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Iowa state average. It is 73% 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 155.0 miles away from the city center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 162.6 miles away from Lester 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 137.4 miles away from the city center
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 109.9 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 154.7 miles away from Lester center
On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 715.9 miles away from the city center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Lyon County (8) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 6
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 6, Storms: 3, Tornadoes: 2, Drought: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Lester topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Lester:

  • TUFF MEMORIAL HOME (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; HILLS, MN)
  • SANFORD ROCK RAPIDS MEDICAL CENTER Critical Access Hospitals (about 9 miles away; ROCK RAPIDS, IA)
  • FELLOWSHIP VILLAGE (Nursing Home, about 11 miles away; INWOOD, IA)
  • SANFORD CANTON-INWOOD MEDICAL CENTER - CAH Critical Access Hospitals (about 15 miles away; CANTON, SD)
  • GOOD SAMARITAN SOCIETY CANTON (Nursing Home, about 16 miles away; CANTON, SD)
  • GOOD SAMARITAN SOCIETY - MARY JANE BROWN (Nursing Home, about 16 miles away; LUVERNE, MN)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Lester:

  • Southeast Technical Institute (about 25 miles; Sioux Falls, SD; Full-time enrollment: 2,386)
  • University of South Dakota (about 55 miles; Vermillion, SD; FT enrollment: 7,328)
  • South Dakota State University (about 65 miles; Brookings, SD; FT enrollment: 10,392)
  • Western Iowa Tech Community College (about 67 miles; Sioux City, IA; FT enrollment: 3,544)
  • Iowa Lakes Community College (about 76 miles; Estherville, IA; FT enrollment: 2,311)
  • Southwest Minnesota State University (about 76 miles; Marshall, MN; FT enrollment: 3,711)
  • Buena Vista University (about 80 miles; Storm Lake, IA; FT enrollment: 2,522)

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Notable locations in Lester: Lester (A), Lester Fire and Rescue Squad (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Lester include: Bethel Reformed Church (A), Apostolic Christian Church (B), Lester United Methodist Church (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lyon County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2012 was 88.1. This is about average.

City:

88.1
U.S.:

74.2

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2012 was 0.189. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 20.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.189
U.S.:

0.303

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2012 was 6.23. This is about average. Closest monitor was 18.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

6.23
U.S.:

6.58

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2012 was 0.489. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 8.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.489
U.S.:

1.929

Ozone [ppb] level in 2012 was 32.1. This is about average. Closest monitor was 18.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

32.1
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 20.8. This is about average. Closest monitor was 18.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

20.8
U.S.:

20.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 6.24. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 18.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

6.24
U.S.:

9.14
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 4.2%
Average household size:
This city:  2.7 people
Iowa:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  73.4%
Whole state:  64.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  3.7%
Whole state:  6.7%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Lester compared to Iowa state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.

Banks with branches in Lester (2011 data):

  • Peoples Bank: Lester Branch at 501 Thomas St, branch established on 1977/05/09. Info updated 2008/03/27: Bank assets: $362.4 mil, Deposits: $309.2 mil, headquarters in Rock Valley, IA, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 7 total offices, Holding Company: Peoples Bancorp

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012

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

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (65%)
  • Electricity (15%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (9%)
  • Other fuel (9%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

2000 Presidential Elections Results

2004 Presidential Elections Results

2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Lester city (based on Lyon County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 87.57%
Here: 87.6%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameReformed Church in AmericaEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaCatholic ChurchChristian Reformed Church in North AmericaPresbyterian Church (USA)
Adherents19.7%16.8%14.8%9.2%8.5%
Congregations16.2%13.5%8.1%5.4%10.8%
Name Inc. Apostolic Christian Church of AmericaLutheran ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchNorth American Baptist ConferenceOther
Adherents6.9%5.3%4.8%3.8%10.3%
Congregations2.7%5.4%8.1%8.1%21.6%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 7
Lyon County:

6.22 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 9
Lyon County:

8.00 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 6
Here:

5.33 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

7.8%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Lyon County:

26.2%
Iowa:

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

12.2%
State:

14.5%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2007)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 0$0 1$107
Other Government Administration 0$0 8$646
Sewerage 0$0 1$213
Parks and Recreation 0$0 2$277
Water Supply 0$0 1$191
Totals for Government 0$0 13$1,434

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

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $22,000 ($74.32)
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $14,000 ($47.30)
    Parks & Recreation: $13,000 ($43.92)
    Sewerage: $9,000 ($30.41)
    Water Utilities: $8,000 ($27.03)
    General - Other: $8,000 ($27.03)
    Police Protection: $7,000 ($23.65)
    Financial Administration: $6,000 ($20.27)
    Central Staff Services: $3,000 ($10.14)
    Fire Protection: $1,000 ($3.38)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Parks & Recreation: $6,000 ($20.27)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $15,000 ($50.68)

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

  • Charges - Sewerage: $14,000 ($47.30)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $5,000 ($16.89)
    General Revenue, NEC: $2,000 ($6.76)
    Rents: $1,000 ($3.38)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $15,000 ($50.68)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $20,000 ($67.57)
    General Support: $6,000 ($20.27)
  • Tax - Property: $29,000 ($97.97)
    Total General Sales: $12,000 ($40.54)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $229,000 ($773.65)

4.26% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 200531,609 ($ average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.26%
Iowa average:

6.30%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Minnehaha County, SD  0.91% ($29,395 average AGI)
from Sioux County, IA  0.60% ($31,840)


5.64% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 200633,238 ($ average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.64%
Iowa average:

6.47%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Minnehaha County, SD  1.55% ($30,727 average AGI)
to Sioux County, IA  0.66% ($47,500)
to Lincoln County, SD  0.56% ($29,125)

Strongest AM radio stations in Lester:

  • KXRB (1000 AM; 10 kW; SIOUX FALLS, SD)
  • KSOO (1140 AM; 10 kW; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: SOUTHERN MINNESOTA BROADCASTING CO.)
  • KELO (1320 AM; 5 kW; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: MIDCONTINENT RADIO OF S.D., INC.)
  • KNWC (1270 AM; 5 kW; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE)
  • KLOH (1050 AM; 9 kW; PIPESTONE, MN; Owner: WALLACE CHRISTENSEN)
  • KWSN (1230 AM; 1 kW; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: MIDCONTINENT RADIO OF S.D., INC.)
  • WNAX (570 AM; 5 kW; YANKTON, SD; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KQAD (800 AM; 1 kW; LUVERNE, MN; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF LUVERNE, INC.)
  • KFAB (1110 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KOIL (1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • KKAR (1290 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Lester:

  • 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.)
  • KLQL (101.1 FM; LUVERNE, MN; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF LUVERNE, INC.)
  • KYBB (102.7 FM; CANTON, SD; Owner: SOUTHERN MINNESOTA B/C COMPANY)
  • KISD (98.7 FM; PIPESTONE, MN; Owner: WALLACE CHRISTENSEN)
  • KJOE (106.1 FM; SLAYTON, MN; Owner: WALLACE CHRISTENSEN)
  • KIHK (106.9 FM; ROCK VALLEY, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KRRO (103.7 FM; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: MIDCONTINENT RADIO OF S.D., INC.)
  • KSOU-FM (93.9 FM; SIOUX CENTER, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KDCR (88.5 FM; SIOUX CENTER, IA; Owner: DORDT COLLEGE, INC.)
  • KKLS-FM (104.7 FM; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: SOUTHERN MINNESOTA BROADCASTING CO.)
  • KNSW (91.7 FM; WORTHINGTON-MARSHALL, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • KUSD (89.7 FM; VERMILLION, SD; Owner: S/DAKOTA BD OF DIR FOR ED. TELECOMUN)
  • KWOA-FM (95.1 FM; WORTHINGTON, MN; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF LUVERNE, INC.)
  • K261CI (100.1 FM; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: SOUTHERN MINNESOTA B/CNG COMPANY)

TV broadcast stations around Lester:

  • KELO-TV (Channel 11; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: YOUNG BROADCASTING OF SIOUX FALLS, INC.)
  • KSFY-TV (Channel 13; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: ELCOM OF SOUTH DAKOTA, INC.)
  • KDLT-TV (Channel 46; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: RED RIVER BROADCAST CO., LLC)
  • K67GH (Channel 67; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • KAUN (Channel 36; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: RAPID BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • K25AA (Channel 25; ROCK RAPIDS, ETC., IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
  • KTTW (Channel 17; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: INDEPENDENT COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • K56GF (Channel 56; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • KMEG (Channel 14; SIOUX CITY, IA; Owner: WAITT BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KPTH (Channel 44; SIOUX CITY, IA; Owner: PAPPAS TELECASTING OF SIOUX CITY)
  • KTIV (Channel 4; SIOUX CITY, IA; Owner: KTIV TELEVISION, INC.)
  • KSMN (Channel 20; WORTHINGTON, MN; Owner: WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA EDUCATIONAL TV COMPANY)
  • K53EG (Channel 53; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: SIOUXLAND CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING)
  • KCSD-TV (Channel 23; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: SOUTH DAKOTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR ED. TELECOMMUNICATIONS)

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • 304 Hogie St (Lat: 43.437500 Lon: -96.335833), Type: Tower, Structure height: 30.5 m, Overall height: 32.5 m, Call Sign: WQKI600
    Assigned Frequencies: 44.5800 MHz
    Grant Date: 06/03/2009, Expiration Date: 06/03/2019, Cancellation Date: 10/26/2012, Certifier: Robert Leedham
    Registrant: Keller And Heckman LLP, 1001 G Street Nw, Suite 500 West, Washington, DC 20001, Phone: (202) 434-4282, Fax: (202) 434-4646, Email:

Most common first names in Lester, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Edward276.4 years
Emma291.0 years
Elvin278.6 years
Harry270.5 years
Lena291.5 years
Ernst282.9 years
Henry272.0 years
Jacob287.5 years
Karoline287.6 years
Leslie286.6 years
Most common last names in Lester, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Moser874.0 years
Metzger682.7 years
Gage484.8 years
Ageson373.7 years
Knobloch372.7 years
Feucht381.6 years
Kellenberger382.0 years
Stuerman373.7 years
Selken373.3 years
Boom284.5 years

Lester on our top lists:

  • #8 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Other health and personal care stores"
  • #14 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Law enforcement workers including supervisors"
  • #26 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Farm supplies merchant wholesalers"
  • #31 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Life, physical, and social science technicians"
  • #32 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Truck transportation"
  • #35 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Agricultural workers including supervisors"
  • #36 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest temperature differences during a year"
  • #55 (51242) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of Dutch first ancestries"
  • #90 (51242) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of Swiss first ancestries"
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