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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.
According to 2016 Census estimates, Lester recorded a population of 131. Of that total, 100 percent of the population identified themselves as white. The town's median household income was $36,875, and the per capita income was $18,524.
According to 2016 Census estimates, the workforce in Lester was divided among the following industrial categories:
  • Retail trade (31.9 percent)
  • Manufacturing (27.7 percent)
  • Educational services and health care and social assistance (14.9 percent)
  • Transportation and warehousing, and utilities (8.5 percent)
  • Finance and insurance, and real estate and rental and leasing (6.4 percent)
  • Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services (4.3 percent)
  • Public administration (4.3 percent)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extraction (2.1 percent)
Part of the Limestone County school system, West Limestone High School is the only school located in Lester.
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 Halloween-themed haunted house in the supposedly haunted local D. E. Jackson Memorial Hospital, which opened in the 1940s and closed in the 1990s.
Published:  September 13, 2016   |   Last updated:  September 3, 2020