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Chester, South Dakota - Basic Facts

The Chester Census Designated Place had a population of 282 as of July 1, 2018. 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.

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Chester, SD Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 282
Population in Households 262
Population in Familes 227
Population in Group Qrtrs 20
Population Density2 346
Diversity Index3 5


Median Household Income $61,630
Average Household Income $88,977
Per Capita Income $32,637


Total Housing Units 127 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 109 (85.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 9 ( 7.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 9 ( 7.1%)
Median Home Value $228,750
Average Home Value $289,414


Total Households 118
Average Household Size 2.22
Family Households 90
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.94% 1.18%
Households 1.08% 1.32%
Families 2.57% 1.3%
Median Household Income   2.22%
Per Capita Income   2.57%

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, 2018 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 50th
Population Density # 227 42nd
Diversity Index # 349 11th
Median Household Income # 63 84th
Per Capita Income # 91 77th

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