Lester, West Virginia

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Lester is a town in Raleigh County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 322 at the 2000 census.


Lester is located at 37°44′5″N 81°18′4″W / 37.73472°N 81.30111°W / 37.73472; -81.30111 (37.734740, -81.300985)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.3 km² (0.5 mi²), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 322 people, 142 households, and 89 families residing in the town. The population density was 248.6/km² (650.5/mi²). There were 168 housing units at an average density of 129.7/km² (339.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 79.81% White, 19.88% African American, and 0.31% from two or more races.

There were 142 households out of which 23.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.2% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.3% were non-families. 33.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the town the population was spread out with 20.2% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 27.3% from 45 to 64, and 17.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 86.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $24,375, and the median income for a family was $30,938. Males had a median income of $25,208 versus $18,125 for females. The per capita income for the town was $11,026. About 14.6% of families and 15.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.7% of those under age 18 and 19.7% of those age 65 or over.



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