Lee County, Kentucky
|Lee County, Kentucky|
Lee County courthouse in Beattyville
Location in the state of Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
|Named for||Robert E. Lee|
|• Total||211 sq mi (546 km2)|
|• Land||209 sq mi (541 km2)|
|• Water||2.4 sq mi (6 km2), 1.1%|
|• Density||38/sq mi (15/km²)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Lee County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 7,887. Its county seat is Beattyville. The county was formed in 1870 and named for Robert E. Lee.
It is a prohibition or dry county.
Eastern Mountain Coal Fields
Lee County lies within the Eastern Mountain Coal Fields region of Kentucky. The very rugged terrain greatly defines the area. Roughly half of the county lies within the Daniel Boone National Forest. Timber and coal remain economically significant. Harmful effects from strip mining and clear cut logging are still being corrected. The proliferation of kudzu has proved difficult to address. However, with the growing environmental movement and the developing tourism industry more action is being taken.
- Powell County (north)
- Wolfe County (northeast)
- Breathitt County (southeast)
- Owsley County (south)
- Jackson County (southwest)
- Estill County (northwest)
National protected area
- Daniel Boone National Forest (part)
As of the census of 2000, there were 7,916 people, 2,985 households, and 2,122 families residing in the county. The population density was 38 per square mile (15/km2). There were 3,321 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6.2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 95.10% White, 3.79% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.06% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. 0.37% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 2,985 households out of which 32.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.80% were married couples living together, 12.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.90% were non-families. 26.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.91.
In the county the population was spread out with 22.70% under the age of 18, 9.00% from 18 to 24, 30.30% from 25 to 44, 23.60% from 45 to 64, and 14.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 109.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 111.80 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $18,544, and the median income for a family was $24,918. Males had a median income of $25,930 versus $19,038 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,325. About 25.20% of families and 30.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 41.00% of those under age 18 and 22.90% of those age 65 or over.
Woody Harrelson Incident
On June 1, 1996 Lee County was pushed in to the National spotlight after actor and comedian Woody Harrelson made a trip to Lee County to protest hemp production rights for farmers in The Commonwealth of Kentucky. Harrelson arrived in Lee County with his Attorney, his Agent and a camera crew from CNN. While at a local hotel Harrelson phoned then Lee County Sheriff Junior Kilburn to advise him of his intentions. Kilburn and Deputy Sheriff Danny Towsend arrived to the location where Harrelson told them he would be. While camera crews we're rolling Harrelson proceeded to plant four hemp seeds in the ground all while Sheriff Kilburn was watching over his shoulder.
Once the seeds were planted, Sheriff Kilburn placed Harrelson under arrest on the charge of cultivating marijuana. Harrelson was booked into the Lee County Jail later that day June 1, 1996 and quickly was released after posting $200 bail. After his release, Harrelson would sign autographs and pose with a few deputies for pictures. On August 24, 2000, with the help of his attorney former Kentucky Governor Louie B. Nunn, Harrelson was acquitted of the charges after the jury deliberated for only 25 minutes.
- Beattyville (county seat)
- Belle Point
- Canyon Falls
- Lower Buffalo
- Mount Olive
- Old Landing
- Saint Helens
- Standing Rock
- White Ash
- Yellow Rock
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