For population 25 years and over in Lester:
For population 15 years and over in Lester town:
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $364 (0.7%)
Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Charleston, WV (46.2 miles , pop. 53,421).
Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Greensboro, NC (140.8 miles , pop. 223,891).
Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (366.5 miles , pop. 1,517,550).
Nearest cities: Glen White, WV (1.1 miles ), Sophia, WV (1.8 miles ), Eccles, WV (2.0 miles ), Crab Orchard, WV (2.0 miles ), MacArthur, WV (2.3 miles ), Mabscott, WV (2.3 miles ), Coal City, WV (2.5 miles ), Bolt, WV (2.5 miles ).
Latitude: 37.73 N, Longitude: 81.30 W
Area code commonly used in this area: 304
Unemployment in July 2013:
Population change in the 1990s: -84 (-20.7%).
Work and jobs in Lester: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute
Average climate in Lester, West Virginia
Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations
Lester-area historical tornado activity is slightly below West Virginia state average. It is 73% smaller than the overall U.S. average.
On 4/4/1974, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 4.8 miles away from the Lester town center injured 12 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.
On 4/4/1974, a category F3 tornado 16.0 miles away from the town center killed one person and injured 11 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.
Earthquake activity:Lester-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above West Virginia state average. It is 84% smaller than the overall U.S. average.
On 11/2/2006 at 17:53:02, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, Depth: 0.6 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 50.2 miles away from the city center
On 11/23/2006 at 10:42:57, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG) earthquake occurred 54.5 miles away from Lester center
On 6/29/1996 at 19:30:42, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 MB, 3.9 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 52.0 miles away from the city center
On 4/22/1991 at 01:01:20, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, Depth: 9.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 61.4 miles away from the city center
On 6/26/1995 at 00:36:17, a magnitude 3.5 (3.1 MB, 3.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 68.8 miles away from Lester center
On 10/28/1997 at 10:36:46, a magnitude 3.4 (3.4 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 56.1 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB)
Natural disasters:The number of natural disasters in Raleigh County (19) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 15
Emergencies Declared: 3
Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 8, Storms: 8, Landslides: 5, Floods: 4, Mudslides: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Snowfall: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Fire: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowstorm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Lester:
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Public elementary/middle school in Lester:
Particulate Matter (PM10) [µ/m3] level in 2000 was 18.7. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 7.6 miles away from the city center.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 9.28. This is about average. Closest monitor was 7.6 miles away from the city center.
Drinking water stations with addresses in Lester and their reported violations in the past:LESTER MUNICIPAL WATER WORKS (Population served: 750, Purch_surface_water):
Past health violations:
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 30.4%
(35.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 5.0% for Black residents)
Average household size:
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Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
Lester compared to West Virginia state average:
Most commonly used house heating fuel:
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Religion statistics for Lester town (based on Raleigh County data)Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 22.37%
Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations
Tables represent county-level data.
Food Environment Statistics:
Number of grocery stores: 15
Number of supercenters and club stores: 3
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 7
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 48
Number of full-service restaurants: 44
Adult diabetes rate:
Adult obesity rate:
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Lester government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):
Lester government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):
Lester government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):
5.18% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($32,601 average adjusted gross income)
0.05% of residents moved from foreign countries ($208 average AGI)
Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
5.16% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($36,648 average adjusted gross income)
0.04% of residents moved to foreign countries ($404 average AGI)
Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
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Lester fatal accident list:
Dec 26, 2007 02:19 PM, Sr-54, Lat: 37.729147, Lon: -81.309772, Vehicles: 1, Fatalities: 1
Oct 16, 1981 04:00 PM, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1
Mar 26, 1977 05:09 AM, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1, Drunken drivers: 1
National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 1
Total length: 0 meters
Total average daily traffic: 550
Total average daily truck traffic: 33
Total future (year 2026) average daily traffic: 699
FCC Registered Antenna Towers:2
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:1
FCC Registered Microwave Towers:1
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:3
2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:
See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Lester, WV