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Chester, Iowa
Downtown Chester
Downtown Chester
Location of Chester, Iowa
Location of Chester, Iowa
Country United States
State Iowa
County Howard
Area
 • Total 1.34 sq mi (3.47 km2)
 • Land 1.34 sq mi (3.47 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,227 ft (374 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 139
 • Density 103.73/sq mi (40.06/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
52134
Area code(s) 563
FIPS code 19-13125
GNIS feature ID 0455379

Chester is a city in Howard County, Iowa, United States. The population was 139 in the 2020 census, a decrease of 7.9% from the 151 population in the 2000 census. Chester is located close to the state line from Minnesota.

History

Chester was laid out in 1858.

Geography

Chester is located at 43°29′28″N 92°21′40″W / 43.49111°N 92.36111°W / 43.49111; -92.36111 (43.491126, -92.361196).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.34 square miles (3.47 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 101
1910 266
1920 237 −10.9%
1930 238 0.4%
1940 234 −1.7%
1950 226 −3.4%
1960 211 −6.6%
1970 185 −12.3%
1980 175 −5.4%
1990 158 −9.7%
2000 151 −4.4%
2010 127 −15.9%
2020 139 9.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
ChesterIowaPopPlot
The population of Chester from US census data

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 127 people, 64 households, and 36 families residing in the city. The population density was 94.8 inhabitants per square mile (36.6/km2). There were 77 housing units at an average density of 57.5 per square mile (22.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 99.2% White and 0.8% Native American. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.8% of the population.

There were 64 households, of which 17.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.2% were married couples living together, 4.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 9.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.8% were non-families. 40.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 21.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.98 and the average family size was 2.58.

The median age in the city was 48.8 years. 17.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.5% were from 25 to 44; 27.5% were from 45 to 64; and 29.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 55.1% male and 44.9% female.

Education

Howard–Winneshiek Community School District operates public schools. The district was formed from the merger of the Cresco, Lime Springs/Chester, Elma, and Ridgeway school districts, opening on July 1, 1960.

In 2015 the district board voted to close the Lime Springs–Chester Elementary School on a 4–1 basis.

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