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Lee County, Mississippi
Map
Map of Mississippi highlighting Lee County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of the USA highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded October 26, 1866; 153 years ago (1866-10-26)
Seat Tupelo
Largest City Tupelo
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

453 sq mi (1,173 km²)
450 sq mi (1,165 km²)
3.2 sq mi (8 km²), 0.7%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

82,910
184/sq mi (71/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Named for: General Robert E. Lee

Lee is a county in Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 82,910. The county seat is Tupelo. Lee County is included in the Tupelo Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Arthur Rothstein Family in a wagon Lee County August 1935
Family in a wagon, Lee County, August 1935, Arthur Rothstein.

Lee County was established on October 26, 1866, and named for Robert E. Lee, General in Chief of the Armies of the Confederate States. It was carved from Itawamba and Pontotoc; therefore, the record and list of pioneers mentioned in those counties embrace a great number who were residents of what is now Lee.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 453 square miles (1,170 km2), of which 450 square miles (1,200 km2) is land and 3.2 square miles (8.3 km2) (0.7%) is water.

Major highways

  • I-22.svg Interstate 22
  • US 45.svg U.S. Highway 45
  • US 78.svg U.S. Highway 78
  • Natchez Trace Parkway Logo.gifNatchez Trace Parkway
  • Circle sign 6.svg Mississippi Highway 6

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

  • Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site
  • Natchez Trace Parkway (part)
  • Tupelo National Battlefield

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 15,955
1880 20,470 28.3%
1890 20,040 −2.1%
1900 21,956 9.6%
1910 28,894 31.6%
1920 29,618 2.5%
1930 35,313 19.2%
1940 38,838 10.0%
1950 38,237 −1.5%
1960 40,589 6.2%
1970 46,148 13.7%
1980 57,061 23.6%
1990 65,581 14.9%
2000 75,755 15.5%
2010 82,910 9.4%
Est. 2015 85,300 2.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 75,755 people, 29,200 households, and 20,819 families residing in the county. The population density was 168 people per square mile (65/km²). There were 31,887 housing units at an average density of 71 per square mile (27/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 73.66% White, 24.51% Black or African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.52% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.43% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. 1.16% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 29,200 households out of which 36.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.60% were married couples living together, 14.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.70% were non-families. 25.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.70% under the age of 18, 8.50% from 18 to 24, 30.50% from 25 to 44, 21.80% from 45 to 64, and 11.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 92.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,165, and the median income for a family was $43,149. Males had a median income of $31,039 versus $22,235 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,956. About 10.50% of families and 13.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.90% of those under age 18 and 15.50% of those age 65 or over.

Lee County has the ninth highest per capita income in the State of Mississippi.

Communities

Cities

Towns

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

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