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Chester, South Dakota - Basic Facts

The Chester Census Designated Place is a community or populated place (Class Code U5) located in Lake County at latitude 43.8996 and longitude -96.9278. Lake County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,601 feet.

The formal official name is the Chester Census Designated Place, but most people and references simply refer to it as Chester, South Dakota.

The U5 Census Class Code for Chester indicates a populated place that is also a census designated place with the same name.. The Census Designated Place has a Functional Status Code "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

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.

Chester Census Designated Place, SD Boundary Map


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Chester, SD Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 275
Population in Households 255
Population in Familes 221
Population in Group Qrtrs 20
Population Density1 337
Diversity Index2 4


Total Households 116
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 8 ( 6.5%)
Median Home Value $101,563
Average Home Value $162,857


Median Household Income $56,128
Average Household Income $73,739
Per Capita Income $27,584
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 1.24% 1.62%
Households 1.7% 1.99%
Families 4.77% 1.74%
Median Household Income   2.45%
Per Capita Income   2.56%
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, 2014 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 # 194 51st
Population Density1 # 228 42nd
Diversity Index2 # 340 12th
Median Household Income # 67 83rd
Per Capita Income # 124 68th

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