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Lester

James P. Kaetz, Auburn University
Lester is located in northwestern Limestone County in the extreme north-central part of the state on the Alabama/Tennessee state line. It has a mayor/city council form of government.
Demographics
Lester's population according to the 2010 Census was 111. Of that number, 99.1 percent of respondents identified themselves as white and 0.9 percent as Hispanic or Latino. The town's median household income, according to 2010 estimates, was $34,688, and the per capita income was $21,842.
Employment
According to the 2010 Census, the workforce in Lester was divided among the following occupational categories:
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services (19.2   percent)
· Manufacturing (17.3 percent)
· Transportation and warehousing and utilities (15.4 percent)
· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (15.4 percent)
· Retail trade (13.5 percent)
· Wholesale trade (7.7 percent)
· Public administration (5.8 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (3.8 percent)
· Construction (1.9 percent)
Education
Part of the Limestone County school system, West Limestone High School is the only school located in Lester and serves approximately 960 students and employs 55 teachers.
Transportation
County Highway 17 bisects Lester running roughly north-south.
Events and Places of Interest
Wheeler Lake and Joe Wheeler State Park are located about 10 miles south of Lester. The town has gained some attention for its claim that the local D. E. Jackson Memorial Hospital, which opened in the 1940s and closed in the 1990s, is haunted.
Published:  September 13, 2016   |   Last updated:  September 13, 2016