Lester, Alabama

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Population in 2022: 115 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: +7.5%
 
Males: 53  (46.7%)
Females: 62  (53.3%)
Median resident age:

38.7 years
Alabama median age:

39.6 years

Zip code: 35647

Estimated median household income in 2022: $64,363 (it was $37,083 in 2000)
Lester:

$64,363
AL:

$59,674

Estimated per capita income in 2022: $23,894 (it was $16,073 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2022: $148,483 (it was $59,000 in 2000)
Lester:

$148,483
AL:

$200,900

Mean prices in 2022: all housing units: $240,162; detached houses: $277,703; mobile homes: $66,702

Median gross rent in 2022: $837.

March 2022 cost of living index in Lester: 80.8 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2022: 22.7%
(16.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Black residents, 100.0% for two or more races residents)

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  • Races in Lester, AL (2022)
    • 13690.7%White alone
    • 74.7%Two or more races
    • 53.3%Black alone



According to our research of Alabama and other state lists, there were 6 registered sex offenders living in Lester, Alabama as of June 22, 2024.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Lester is 22 to 1.


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Ancestries: American (63.6%), Irish (10.1%), European (3.0%), Romanian (3.0%), Lithuanian (2.0%), German (1.0%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Land area: 1.83 square miles.

Population density: 63 people per square mile   (very low).

Lester, Alabama map
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Lester town:

0.3% ($199)
Alabama:

0.4% ($289)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Decatur, AL (29.4 miles , pop. 53,929).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Nashville-Davidson, TN (83.8 miles , pop. 545,524).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (475.1 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Minor Hill, TN (2.0 miles ),
Salem, AL (2.0 miles ),
Anderson, AL (2.9 miles ),
Prospect, TN (2.9 miles ),
Five Points, TN (3.2 miles ),
Elkmont, AL (3.2 miles ),
Lexington, AL (3.6 miles ),
Rogersville, AL (3.7 miles )

Latitude: 34.98 N, Longitude: 87.15 W

Distribution of median household income in Lester, AL in 2022
Distribution of house value in Lester, AL in 2022

Lester satellite photo by USGS

Unemployment in December 2023:
Here:

2.2%
Alabama:

2.6%
Population change in the 1990s: +18 (+20.2%).

Average climate in Lester, Alabama

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Lester, Alabama average temperatures Lester, Alabama average precipitation Lester, Alabama humidity Lester, Alabama wind speed Lester, Alabama snowfall Lester, Alabama sunshine Lester, Alabama clear and cloudy days
Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI PM2.5
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2022 was 55.1. This is better than average.

City:

55.1
U.S.:

72.6
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2022 was 5.72. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 17.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

5.72
U.S.:

8.11

Tornado activity:

Lester-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Alabama state average. It is 123% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/3/1974, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 20.4 miles away from the Lester town center killed 16 people and injured 190 people.

On 4/3/1974, a category F5 tornado 27.6 miles away from the town center killed 28 people and injured 267 people.

Earthquake activity:

Lester-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Alabama state average. It is 197% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/29/2003 at 08:59:39, a magnitude 4.9 (4.4 MB, 4.6 MW, 4.9 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 92.8 miles away from Lester center
On 1/18/1999 at 07:00:53, a magnitude 4.8 (4.8 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 109.4 miles away from Lester 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, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 243.3 miles away from the city center
On 4/29/2003 at 08:59:39, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MW, Depth: 12.3 mi) earthquake occurred 92.7 miles away from Lester center
On 3/25/1976 at 00:41:20, a magnitude 5.0 (4.9 MB, 5.0 LG) earthquake occurred 185.0 miles away from Lester center
On 5/4/1991 at 01:18:54, a magnitude 5.0 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 185.7 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Limestone County (18) is near the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 8, Storms: 8, Tornadoes: 7, Hurricanes: 3, Winds: 3, Freezes: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Drought: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snowfall: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Lester topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Lester:

  • D E JACKSON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (provides emergency services, 111 IVY POINT ROAD DRAWER A)

Other hospitals and medical centers near Lester:

  • LIMESTONE HEALTH FACILITY (Nursing Home, about 16 miles away; ATHENS, AL)
  • LIMESTONE COUNTY DIALYSIS (Dialysis Facility, about 16 miles away; ATHENS, AL)
  • ATHENS-LIMESTONE HOSPITAL Acute Care Hospitals (about 16 miles away; ATHENS, AL)
  • ATHENS REHABILITATION CENTER AND SENIOR CARE (Nursing Home, about 16 miles away; ATHENS, AL)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Lester:

  • Athens State University (about 17 miles; Athens, AL; Full-time enrollment: 2,771)
  • John C Calhoun State Community College (about 26 miles; Tanner, AL; FT enrollment: 7,911)
  • University of North Alabama (about 33 miles; Florence, AL; FT enrollment: 5,886)
  • University of Alabama in Huntsville (about 35 miles; Huntsville, AL; FT enrollment: 6,006)
  • Northwest-Shoals Community College (about 35 miles; Muscle Shoals, AL; FT enrollment: 2,702)
  • Alabama A & M University (about 36 miles; Normal, AL; FT enrollment: 4,524)
  • Columbia State Community College (about 44 miles; Columbia, TN; FT enrollment: 3,383)

Public high school in Lester:

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Points of interest:

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Church in Lester: Hesters Chapel Church of Christ (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Cemetery: Hesters Chapel Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

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

2.7 people
Alabama:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:

78.0%
Whole state:

67.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:

4.9%
Whole state:

4.7%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 4.9% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households

For population 15 years and over in Lester:

Marital status in Lester, AL
  • Never married: 43.3%
  • Now married: 43.7%
  • Separated: 2.1%
  • Widowed: 6.9%
  • Divorced: 3.9%

For population 25 years and over in Lester:

  • High school or higher: 89.6%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 18.7%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 10.4%
  • Unemployed: 4.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 36.1 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2022
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2022
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

8.8
Alabama average:

11.5

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Lester, AL (based on Limestone County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant33,582122
Mainline Protestant4,89925
Catholic2,4621
Other1,2094
Black Protestant86614
None39,764-
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: 10
Limestone County:

1.35 / 10,000 pop.
Alabama:

1.89 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Limestone County:

0.14 / 10,000 pop.
Alabama:

0.20 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 5
Limestone County:

0.68 / 10,000 pop.
Alabama:

0.65 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 45
Limestone County:

6.09 / 10,000 pop.
Alabama:

6.32 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 33
Limestone County:

4.47 / 10,000 pop.
Alabama:

5.75 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

9.8%
Alabama:

11.8%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

27.7%
Alabama:

31.7%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Limestone County:

23.1%
Alabama:

13.5%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2022)
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$78
Totals for Government 0$0 1$78

10.48% of this county's 2021 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2020 ($73,638 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

10.48%
Alabama average:

6.87%

0.06% of residents moved from foreign countries ($538 average AGI)
Limestone County:

0.06%
Alabama average:

0.02%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2020 and 2021:
from Madison County, AL  4.40% ($78,609 average AGI)
from Morgan County, AL  0.62% ($53,262)
from Lauderdale County, AL  0.30% ($50,372)

Strongest AM radio stations in Lester:

  • WVNN (770 AM; 10 kW; ATHENS, AL; Owner: ATHENS BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WZNN (620 AM; 5 kW; LEXINGTON, AL; Owner: MANUEL HUERTA)
  • WLOR (1550 AM; 50 kW; HUNTSVILLE, AL; Owner: BCA RADIO, LLC)
  • WKAC (1080 AM; daytime; 5 kW; ATHENS, AL; Owner: LIMESTONE BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WBXR (1140 AM; daytime; 15 kW; HAZEL GREEN, AL; Owner: LOW COUNTRY CORPORATION, INC.)
  • WSM (650 AM; 50 kW; NASHVILLE, TN; Owner: GAYLORD ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY)
  • WDJL (1000 AM; daytime; 10 kW; HUNTSVILLE, AL; Owner: JAMES K. SHARP DBA 5TH AVE BROADCASTING)
  • WSLV (1110 AM; daytime; 2 kW; ARDMORE, TN; Owner: B & E BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WWAM (820 AM; daytime; 50 kW; JASPER, TN; Owner: SHELTON BROADCASTING SYSTEM)
  • WDJC (850 AM; 50 kW; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: KIMTRON, INC.)
  • WJOX (690 AM; 50 kW; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WEUP (1600 AM; 10 kW; HUNTSVILLE, AL; Owner: HUNDLEY BATTS, SR. & VIRGINIA CAPLES)
  • WAMB (1160 AM; 50 kW; DONELSON, TN; Owner: GREAT SOUTHERN BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Lester:

  • WEUZ (92.1 FM; MINOR HILL, TN; Owner: BROADCAST ONE, INC.)
  • WAHR (99.1 FM; HUNTSVILLE, AL; Owner: BCA RADIO, LLC)
  • WZYP (104.3 FM; ATHENS, AL; Owner: ATHENS BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • W278AA (103.5 FM; MADISON, AL; Owner: TENNESSEE VALLEY RADIO, INC.)
  • WLLX (97.5 FM; LAWRENCEBURG, TN; Owner: ROGER WRIGHT DBA PROSPECT COMMUNICATIONS)
  • WYTK (93.9 FM; ROGERSVILLE, AL; Owner: SHOALS BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WDRM (102.1 FM; DECATUR, AL; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WKSR-FM (98.3 FM; PULASKI, TN; Owner: PULASKI BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • W289AC (105.7 FM; HUNTSVILLE, AL; Owner: WILLIAM PAXTON ROGERS)
  • W222AK (92.3 FM; HUNTSVILLE, AL; Owner: PRESS W. PARHAM)
  • WLAY-FM (100.3 FM; TUSCUMBIA, AL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WXQW (94.1 FM; MERIDIANVILLE, AL; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WAYH (88.1 FM; HARVEST, AL; Owner: WAY-FM MEDIA GROUP, INC.)
  • W293AH (106.5 FM; NORMAL, AL; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WWXQ (92.5 FM; TRINITY, AL; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WYFD (91.7 FM; DECATUR, AL; Owner: BIBLE BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WQLT-FM (107.3 FM; FLORENCE, AL; Owner: BIG RIVER BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • W287AA (105.3 FM; LAWRENCEBURG, TN; Owner: WAY-FM MEDIA GROUP, INC.)
  • WRTT-FM (95.1 FM; HUNTSVILLE, AL; Owner: BCA RADIO, LLC)
  • W254AA (98.7 FM; COLBERT HEIGHTS, AL; Owner: WILLIAM P. ROGERS)

TV broadcast stations around Lester:

  • WTZT-LP (Channel 11; ATHENS, AL; Owner: WTZT-LP TELEVISION STATION, L.L.C.)
  • WZDX (Channel 54; HUNTSVILLE, AL; Owner: HUNTSVILLE TELEVISION ACQUISITION CORP.)
  • WHDF (Channel 15; FLORENCE, AL; Owner: VALLEY TELEVISION, LLC)
  • WAAY-TV (Channel 31; HUNTSVILLE, AL; Owner: PIEDMONT TELEVISION OF HUNTSVILLE LICENSE LLC)
  • WHNT-TV (Channel 19; HUNTSVILLE, AL; Owner: NEW YORK TIMES MANAGEMENT SERVICES)

Lester fatal accident list:

Dec 29, 2014 05:30 PM, Cr-Lester Road, Lat: 34.997081, Lon: -87.157269, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1, Drunk persons involved: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 3Number of bridges
  • 46ft / 14.3mTotal length
  • $3,298,000Total costs
  • 4,710Total average daily traffic
  • 375Total average daily truck traffic
  • 6,345Total future (year 2033) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

17 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers in Lester)

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

1
  • SALEM, Off Salem Field Lane (Lat: 34.932417 Lon: -87.119889), Type: Ltower, Structure height: 92.9 m, Overall height: 96 m, Call Sign: WRXS979, Licensee ID: L00009990,
    Assigned Frequencies: 6197.24 MHz, Grant Date: 06/26/2023, Expiration Date: 06/26/2033, Certifier: Daryl Williamson, Registrant: Limestone County Water Authority, Po Box 110, Athens, AL 35612, Phone: (256) 233-6448, Fax: (256) 233-6475, Email:


FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

4
  • Call Sign: KJ4YAR, Licensee ID: L01589201, Grant Date: 08/23/2010, Expiration Date: 08/23/2020, Cancellation Date: 08/24/2022, Certifier: Marvin P Mcguire, Registrant: Marvin P Mcguire, 26286 Salem Minor Hill Rd, Lester, AL 35647

  • Call Sign: KK4ONQ, Licensee ID: L01767066, Grant Date: 02/19/2013, Expiration Date: 02/19/2023, Cancellation Date: 06/24/2017, Certifier: Ivan T Mills, Registrant: Ivan T Mills, 26563 Maples Rd, Lester, AL 35647

  • Call Sign: KN4DSW, Licensee ID: L02108975, Grant Date: 06/05/2017, Expiration Date: 06/05/2027, Certifier: Joshua Mills, Registrant: Joshua Mills, 26563 Maples Rd, Lester, AL 35647

  • Call Sign: W4ITM, Previous Call Sign: KK4ONQ, Licensee ID: L01767066, Grant Date: 06/24/2017, Expiration Date: 06/24/2027, Certifier: Ivan T Mills, Registrant: Ivan Mills, 26563 Maples Rd, Lester, AL 35647


Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1 partial tract)
C) Refinancings
NumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1$205,410
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED0$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED1$63,780
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$0

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 0203.00

Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Lester, AL
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Lester, AL - Value
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Lester, AL
  • 64.5%Electricity
  • 22.6%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 6.5%Utility gas
  • 6.5%Wood
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Lester, AL
  • 85.7%Electricity
  • 14.3%Wood


Lester compared to Alabama state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.
  • Number of rooms per house above state average.
There is 1 pilot and 1 other airmen in this city.
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