Lee County, Texas

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Lee County, Texas
Lee county texas courthouse 2014.jpg
The Lee County Courthouse in Giddings, built in 1899, is designed in the Richardsonian Romanesque style of architecture. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
Seal of Lee County, Texas
Seal
Map of Texas highlighting Lee County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded 1874
Named for Robert E. Lee
Seat Giddings
Largest city Giddings
Area
 • Total 634 sq mi (1,642 km2)
 • Land 629 sq mi (1,629 km2)
 • Water 5 sq mi (13 km2), 0.8%
Population
 • (2010) 16,612
 • Density 26/sq mi (10/km²)
Congressional districts 10th, 17th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.lee.tx.us

Lee County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 16,612.[1] Its county seat is Giddings.[2] The county is named for Robert E. Lee, the commander of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 634 square miles (1,640 km2), of which 629 square miles (1,630 km2) is land and 5 square miles (13 km2) (0.8%) is water.[3]

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Adjacent counties[edit]

Economy[edit]

As of 2004 the Giddings State School, a Texas Youth Commission facility, was Lee County's largest employer.[4]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 8,937
1890 11,952 33.7%
1900 14,595 22.1%
1910 13,132 −10.0%
1920 14,014 6.7%
1930 13,390 −4.5%
1940 12,751 −4.8%
1950 10,144 −20.4%
1960 8,949 −11.8%
1970 8,048 −10.1%
1980 10,952 36.1%
1990 12,854 17.4%
2000 15,657 21.8%
2010 16,612 6.1%
Est. 2012 16,601 −0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1850-2010[6]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 15,657 people, 5,663 households, and 4,150 families residing in the county. The population density was 25 people per square mile (10/km²). There were 6,851 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 76.59% White, 12.08% Black or African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 8.87% from other races, and 1.72% from two or more races. 18.19% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 35.5% were of German and 8.3% American ancestry according to Census 2000. 80.1% spoke English, 14.4% Spanish and 5.1% German as their first language.

There were 5,663 households out of which 35.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.00% were married couples living together, 8.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.70% were non-families. 23.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the county, the population was spread out with 28.80% under the age of 18, 9.20% from 18 to 24, 26.30% from 25 to 44, 21.40% from 45 to 64, and 14.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 101.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,280, and the median income for a family was $42,073. Males had a median income of $30,635 versus $21,611 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,163. About 9.70% of families and 11.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.70% of those under age 18 and 16.10% of those age 65 or over.

As of the 2010 census, Lee County has a similar ethnic makeup relative to the overall United States.[8]

Government and infrastructure[edit]

The Texas Youth Commission operates the Giddings State School in unincorporated Lee County, near Giddings.[9]

Communities[edit]

Cities and towns[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "Disruption at the Giddings State School." Texas Youth Commission. October 5, 2004. Retrieved on January 20, 2011.
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved December 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ Texas Almanac: County Population History 1850-2010 Retrieved December 19, 2013
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  8. ^ Patterson, Thom. "Welcome to Little America: Lee County, Texas." CNN. July 15, 2011. Retrieved on July 15, 2011.
  9. ^ "Giddings State School." Texas Youth Commission. Retrieved on August 21, 2010.

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Coordinates: 30°19′N 96°58′W / 30.31°N 96.96°W / 30.31; -96.96