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Chester, South Dakota - Basic Facts

The Chester Census Designated Place had a population of 273 as of July 1, 2015. Chester ranks in the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in South Dakota. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Chester is located at latitude 43.8996 and longitude -96.9278 in Lake County. The formal boundaries for the Chester Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.82 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Lake County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,601 feet.

The Chester Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2584549) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The Chester Census Designated Place is located within Township of Chester, a minor civil division (MCD) of Lake County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Chester population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2015.

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Chester Census Designated Place, SD Boundary Map

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Chester, SD Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2015)


Total Population 273
Population in Households 253
Population in Familes 219
Population in Group Qrtrs 20
Population Density1 335
Diversity Index2 6


Total Households 115
Average Household Size 2.2
Family Households 89
Average Family Size 2


Total Housing Units 124 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 104 (83.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 12 ( 9.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 9 ( 7.3%)
Median Home Value $104,688
Average Home Value $165,534


Median Household Income $61,299
Average Household Income $83,871
Per Capita Income $31,549
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.86% 1.7%
Households 1.2% 2.0%
Families 3.85% 1.74%
Median Household Income   1.39%
Per Capita Income   2.14%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Chester, SD - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Chester to the other 390 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in South Dakota by rank and percentile using July 1, 2015 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 197 50th
Population Density1 # 229 42nd
Diversity Index2 # 336 14th
Median Household Income # 34 92nd
Per Capita Income # 44 89th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE South Dakota Census Data Comparison Tool.