Lester is a town in Raleigh County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 348 at the 2010 census. The community was named after Champ Lester, a local pioneer.
Lester is located at 37°44′5″N 81°18′4″W (37.734740, -81.300985). The town is situated along Surveyor Creek, which is part of the Coal River watershed, and is concentrated around the intersection of West Virginia Route 305 and West Virginia Route 97. The latter highway connects the town with the Beckley area a few miles to the east.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.50 square miles (1.29 km2), all of it land.
At the 2010 census there were 348 people, 143 households, and 95 families living in the town. The population density was 696.0 inhabitants per square mile (268.7/km2). There were 175 housing units at an average density of 350.0 per square mile (135.1/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 83.9% White, 13.8% African American, 0.3% Native American, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.3%.
Of the 143 households 31.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.0% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.6% were non-families.