Income/capita 43%
Household income 34%
Unemployment 78%
IndexLesterWest VirginiaNational
Income per capita$16,916$24,002$29,829
Median household income$36,250$42,644$55,322
Median income owner occupied$46,250$51,051$70,586
Median income renter occupied$31,375$24,321$35,192
Median earnings male$30,469$34,780$36,919
Median earnings female$20,625$22,329$26,250
Unemployment rate1.0%4.1%4.7%
Poverty level30.1%17.7%15.1%

Key findings

  • The income per capita in Lester is 43% lower than the national average
  • The median household income in Lester is 34% lower than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Lester is 78% lower than the national average
  • The poverty level in Lester is 99% higher than the national average

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      Lester employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry3.6%0.0%
      Manufacturing sector8.9%4.2%
      Financial & insurance services0.0%2.8%
      Wholesale & retail services16.1%26.8%
      Public administration8.9%1.4%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities14.3%9.9%
      Education, health & social services8.9%43.7%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Corinne, WV141$112,926104%
      Ghent, WV597$77,98941%
      Glen Jean, WV147$61,45811%
      Shady Spring, WV3,380$58,8136%
      Mabscott, WV1,295$53,5783%
      Lester, WV386$36,25034%

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      City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Butte Falls, OR386$31,02344%
      Crescent Valley, NV386$84,45353%
      Selma, VA386$50,8758%
      Crystal, NM386$40,50027%
      Grover Hill, OH386$40,45527%
      Lester, WV386$36,25034%
      Source: The Lester, WV employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).