Lester, West Virginia Population 2024

321

Lester is a city located in Raleigh County West Virginia. Lester has a 2024 population of 321. Lester is currently declining at a rate of -1.23% annually and its population has decreased by -4.75% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 337 in 2020.

The average household income in Lester is $32,101 with a poverty rate of 44.77%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Lester is 50 years, 41.4 years for males, and 50.5 years for females.

Lester Demographics

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

  • White: 82.95%
  • Two or more races: 11.59%
  • Black or African American: 5.45%
  • Native American: 0%
  • Asian: 0%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0%
  • Other race: 0%
Land Area (mi²)
0.5 sq mi
Density (mi²)
640.40/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-4.75% (-16)
The current population of Lester, West Virginia is 321 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 337.

Lester, West Virginia Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White36582.95%
Two or more races5111.59%
Black or African American245.45%
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

Lester Population by Race

Lester Population Pyramid 2024

Lester Median Age

50

Total

41.4

Male

50.5

Female

Lester Adults

There are 298 adults, (107 of whom are seniors) in Lester.

Lester Age Dependency

130.4

Age Dependency Ratio

56

Old Age Dependency Ratio

74.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Lester Sex Ratio

Female19644.55%
Male24455.45%

Lester Population by Age

Lester Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All1622.7274.125.9
Non Family68052.947.1
Married644.3384.415.6
Female293.141000
Male141000

3.96

Average Family Size

2.72

Average Household Size

74.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Lester Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade72.69%
9th to 12th Grade5320.38%
High School Graduate13451.54%
Some College3011.54%
Associates Degree62.31%
Bachelors Degree145.38%
Graduate Degree166.15%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Lester Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Lester Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
White21215228
2+ Races38382
Black10100
Hispanic222

The highest rate of high school graduation is among black people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among hispanic people with a rate of 100%.

Lester Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Overall$72,639$73,090$36,875
Less Than 9th Grade$0$0$0
High School Graduate$73,160$73,403$36,875
Some College$0$93,333$0
Bachelors Degree$39,583$38,750$0
Graduate Degree$0$0$0

$72,639

Average Earnings

$73,090

Average Male

$36,875

Average Female

Lester Earnings by Educational Attainment

Lester Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Lester Language

100% of Lester residents speak only English, while 0% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 0% of the population.

Lester Language

Lester Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White36516244.38%
Black242291.67%
Multiple511325.49%

44.77%

Overall Poverty Rate

38.93%

Male Poverty Rate

52.04%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Lester

The race most likely to be in poverty in Lester is Black, with 91.67% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Lester is Multiple, with 25.49% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 15.63%. Among those working part-time, it was 0%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 48.74%.

Lester Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade66.67%
Some College44.44%
Bachelors or Greater43.33%
High School11.19%

Lester Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Unemployed40%
Male Employed18.75%
Female Employed0%
Female Unemployed0%

Lester Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Lester Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Households$28,125$32,101
Families$32,667$40,983
Married Families$34,833$-999,999,999
Non Families-$19,824

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Lester Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

63.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

55.6%

Male Marriage Rate

72.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Lester Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Lester Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 20-34.

Lester Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Lester Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

23

Number of Veterans

23

Male Veterans

0

Female Veterans

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

Lester Veterans by War

count

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Age Group
Veterans
18 to 3410
75+8
35 to 543
65 to 742
55 to 640

Lester Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
White239.2%

Lester Veterans by Race

Lester Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

0%

Veteran Poverty Rate

47.83%

Veteran Disability Rate

Lester Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

36.6%

Labor Force Participation

33.4%

Employment Rate

8.7%

Unemployment Rate

Lester Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Lester Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Lester 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

92.27%

Born in Lester

100%

Native Born

0%

Foreign Born

0%

Non Citizen

0%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

100% of Lester residents were born in the United States, with 92.27% having been born in West Virginia. 0% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Europe.

Lester Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
2029301-4-1.31%
2028305-4-1.29%
2027309-4-1.28%
2026313-4-1.26%
2025317-4-1.25%
2024321-4-1.23%
2023325-4-1.22%
2022329-5-1.5%
2021334-3-0.89%
2020337226.98%
2019315-3-0.94%
2018318-3-0.93%
2017321-8-2.43%
2016329-4-1.2%
2015333-4-1.19%
2014337-3-0.88%
2013340-5-1.45%
201234500%
201134510.29%
201034400%

Lester Population by Year