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Chester, South Dakota - Basic Facts

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The Chester Census Designated Place had a population of 296 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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Chester, SD Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 296
Daytime Population: Workers 163
Daytime Population: Residents 143
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 306
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.03
Population in Households 275
Population in Familes 239
Population in Group Qrtrs 21
Population Density2 363
Diversity Index3 5


Median Household Income $62,424
Average Household Income $77,808
Per Capita Income $29,350


Total Housing Units 131 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 113 (86.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 12 ( 9.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 6 ( 4.6%)
Median Home Value $200,000
Average Home Value $279,167


Total Households 125
Average Household Size 2.2
Family Households 95
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.75% 1.7%
Households 2.04% 1.85%
Families 3.7% 1.83%
Median Household Income   2.0%
Per Capita Income   2.98%

Chester, SD - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Chester to the other 391 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in South Dakota by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 189 52nd
Population Density # 219 44th
Diversity Index # 350 11th
Median Household Income # 46 88th
Per Capita Income # 136 65th

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