Chester, South Dakota Population 2024

189

Chester is a city located in Lake County South Dakota. Chester has a 2024 population of 189. Chester is currently declining at a rate of -11.27% annually and its population has decreased by -33.68% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 285 in 2020.

The average household income in Chester is $80,749 with a poverty rate of 3.8%. The median age in Chester is 39.9 years: 34.5 years for males, and 47.4 years for females.

Chester Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Chester was:

  • White: 96.62%
  • Two or more races: 3.38%
  • Black or African American: 0%
  • Native American: 0%
  • Asian: 0%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0%
  • Other race: 0%
Land Area (mi²)
0.8 sq mi
Density (mi²)
231.60/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-33.68% (-96)
The current population of Chester, South Dakota is 189 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates (released May 2024). The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 285.

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White22996.62%
Two or more races83.38%
Black or African American00%
Native American00%
Asian00%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander00%
Other race00%

White

Two or more races

Black or African American

Native American

Asian

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Other race

Chester Population by Race

Chester Population Pyramid 2024

Chester Median Age

39.9

Total

34.5

Male

47.4

Female

Chester Adults

There are 173 adults, (25 of whom are seniors) in Chester.

Chester Age Dependency

60.1

Age Dependency Ratio

16.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

43.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Chester Sex Ratio

Female7933.33%
Male15866.67%

Chester Population by Age

Chester Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All1142.0884.215.8
Married532.9873.626.4
Non Family481.0491.78.3
Male82.251000
Female52.21000

2.83

Average Family Size

2.08

Average Household Size

84.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Chester Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
9th to 12th Grade53.11%
Associates Degree1811.18%
Bachelors Degree3119.25%
Graduate Degree63.73%
High School Graduate5936.65%
Less Than 9th Grade00%
Some College4226.09%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Chester Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Chester Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
White15314832
2+ Races885

The highest rate of high school graduation is among 2+ races people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among 2+ races people with a rate of 62.5%.

Chester Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Bachelors Degree$77,955$0$0
Graduate Degree$0$0$0
High School Graduate$57,500$62,583$0
Less Than 9th Grade$0$0$0
Overall$57,250$64,667$45,417
Some College$47,000$99,583$41,250

$57,250

Average Earnings

$64,667

Average Male

$45,417

Average Female

Chester Earnings by Educational Attainment

Chester Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Chester Language

99.16% of Chester residents speak only English, while 0.84% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 0.84% of the population.

Chester Language

Chester Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White22993.93%

3.8%

Overall Poverty Rate

2.53%

Male Poverty Rate

6.33%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Chester

The race most likely to be in poverty in Chester is White, with 3.93% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Chester is White, with 3.93% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 0%. Among those working part-time, it was 0%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 21.95%.

Chester Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade40%
Bachelors or Greater10.81%
High School5.08%
Some College0%

Chester Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Employed0%
Male Unemployed0%
Female Employed0%
Female Unemployed0%

Chester Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Chester Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Families$114,286$106,742
Households$64,868$80,749
Married Families$118,625$-999,999,999
Non Families$45,625$45,008

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Chester Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

52.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

46.7%

Male Marriage Rate

61.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Chester Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Chester Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 35-44, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Chester Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Chester Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

21

Number of Veterans

16

Male Veterans

5

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
First Gulf War10
Vietnam4
Second Gulf War3
Korea0
World War II0

Chester Veterans by War

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Age Group
Veterans
55 to 6411
35 to 546
65 to 742
75+2
18 to 340

Chester Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
White2112.73%

Chester Veterans by Race

Chester Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

0%

Veteran Poverty Rate

0%

Veteran Disability Rate

Chester Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

74.7%

Labor Force Participation

70.8%

Employment Rate

5.3%

Unemployment Rate

Chester Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Chester Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Chester Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

86.5%

Born in Chester

100%

Native Born

0%

Foreign Born

0%

Non Citizen

0%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

100% of Chester residents were born in the United States, with 86.5% having been born in South Dakota. 0% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Europe.

Chester Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
2024189-24-11.27%
2023213-24-10.13%
2022237-31-11.57%
2021268-17-5.96%
2020285-73-20.39%
2019358278.16%
2018331103.12%
2017321185.94%
2016303-31-9.28%
20153343210.6%
20143028539.17%
2013217-16-6.87%
2012233-14-5.67%
2011247-14-5.36%
201026100%

Chester Population by Year