Lester, WV Population

Population: 322. Estimated population in July 2020: 316 (-1.9% change)
Males: 149 (46.3%), Females: 173 (53.7%)

Raleigh County

Zip code: 25865

Median resident age: 41.8 years
Median household income: $24,375
Median house value: $38,800

Races in Lester:

  • White Non-Hispanic (79.8%)
  • Black (19.9%)

Ancestries: United States (25.8%), Irish (6.8%), Subsaharan African (2.8%), English (2.2%), French (1.6%).

Elevation: 2040 feet

Land area: 0.5 square miles

Population

For population 25 years and over in Lester

  • High school or higher: 57.1%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 7.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 1.2%
  • Unemployed: 13.6%
  • Mean travel time to work: 28.9 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Lester town

  • Never married: 13.3%
  • Now married: 53.4%
  • Separated: 1.4%
  • Widowed: 15.8%
  • Divorced: 16.1%

0.0% Foreign born

Population change in the 1990s: -84 (-20.7%).

Hospitals

Hospitals/medical centers near Lester:

  • BECKLEY APPALACHIAN REGIONAL HOSPITAL (about 8 miles; BECKLEY, WV)
  • RALEIGH GENERAL HOSPITAL (about 8 miles; BECKLEY, WV)
  • PLATEAU MEDICAL CENTER (about 21 miles; OAK HILL, WV)

Airports

Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Lester:

  • RALEIGH COUNTY MEMORIAL (about 14 miles; BECKLEY, WV; Abbreviation: BKW)
  • YEAGER (about 48 miles; CHARLESTON, WV; Abbreviation: CRW)
  • GREENBRIER VALLEY (about 64 miles; LEWISBURG, WV; Abbreviation: LWB)
Other public-use airports nearest to Lester:

  • KEE FIELD (about 20 miles; PINEVILLE, WV; Abbreviation: I16)
  • WELCH MUNI (about 27 miles; WELCH, WV; Abbreviation: I25)
  • MERCER COUNTY (about 32 miles; BLUEFIELD, WV; Abbreviation: BLF)
Amtrak station near Lester:

  • 20 miles: PRINCE (RTE. 41 NORTH). Services: ticket office, partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service.

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Lester:

  • CONCORD COLLEGE (about 29 miles; ATHENS, WV; Full-time enrollment: 2,723)
  • BLUEFIELD STATE COLLEGE (about 33 miles; BLUEFIELD, WV; Full-time enrollment: 2,096)
  • WEST VIRGINIA STATE COLLEGE (about 42 miles; INSTITUTE, WV; Full-time enrollment: 3,688)
  • SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 56 miles; RICHLANDS, VA; Full-time enrollment: 2,412)
  • NEW RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 62 miles; DUBLIN, VA; Full-time enrollment: 2,262)
  • RADFORD UNIVERSITY (about 67 miles; RADFORD, VA; Full-time enrollment: 8,034)
  • VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE AND STATE UNIV (about 76 miles; BLACKSBURG, VA; Full-time enrollment: 25,754)
Public primary/middle school in Lester:

  • LESTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 164; Location: 1970 LESTER HIGHWAY, RT. 54; Grades: PK – 05)