Lee County, South Carolina

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Lee County, South Carolina
Lee County, SC courthouse 3.JPG
Lee County Courthouse
Map of South Carolina highlighting Lee County
Location in the U.S. state of South Carolina
Map of the United States highlighting South Carolina
South Carolina's location in the U.S.
Founded 1902
Seat Bishopville
Largest city Bishopville
Area
 • Total 411 sq mi (1,064 km2)
 • Land 410 sq mi (1,062 km2)
 • Water 1.0 sq mi (3 km2), 0.3%
Population (est.)
 • (2016) 17,635
 • Density 47/sq mi (18/km2)
Congressional district 5th
Time zone Eastern: UTC−5/−4
Website www.leecountysc.org

Lee County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2016 census, its population was 17,635,[1] making it the fifth-least populous county in South Carolina. Its county seat is Bishopville.[2] The county is named for Confederate General Robert E. Lee.[3] A previous incarnation of Lee County was established in 1898 and was disestablished the next year. The current Lee County was formed in 1902.[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 411 square miles (1,060 km2), of which 410 square miles (1,100 km2) is land and 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2) (0.3%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
191025,318
192026,8276.0%
193024,096−10.2%
194024,9083.4%
195023,173−7.0%
196021,832−5.8%
197018,323−16.1%
198018,9293.3%
199018,437−2.6%
200020,1199.1%
201019,220−4.5%
Est. 201617,635[6]−8.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2013[1]

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 20,119 people, 6,886 households, and 4,916 families residing in the county. The population density was 49 people per square mile (19/km²). There were 7,670 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 63.56% Black or African American, 35.03% White, 0.13% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.59% from other races, and 0.49% from two or more races. 1.31% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,886 households out of which 32.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.00% were married couples living together, 23.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.60% were non-families. 25.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.23.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.80% under the age of 18, 10.00% from 18 to 24, 29.20% from 25 to 44, 22.60% from 45 to 64, and 12.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 101.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,907, and the median income for a family was $34,209. Males had a median income of $26,512 versus $18,993 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,896. About 17.70% of families and 21.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.60% of those under age 18 and 27.90% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 19,220 people, 6,797 households, and 4,567 families residing in the county.[12] The population density was 46.9 inhabitants per square mile (18.1/km2). There were 7,775 housing units at an average density of 19.0 per square mile (7.3/km2).[13] The racial makeup of the county was 64.3% black or African American, 33.4% white, 0.3% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.8% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.7% of the population.[12] In terms of ancestry, 24.9% were American, and 5.1% were English.[14]

Of the 6,797 households, 32.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.5% were married couples living together, 24.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 32.8% were non-families, and 29.3% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.15. The median age was 38.9 years.[12]

The median income for a household in the county was $23,378 and the median income for a family was $35,279. Males had a median income of $32,721 versus $26,769 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,924. About 25.8% of families and 29.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 40.9% of those under age 18 and 16.7% of those age 65 or over.[15]

Communities[edit]

City[edit]

Town[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Politics[edit]

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[16]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 34.4% 2,803 63.7% 5,199 1.9% 154
2012 31.8% 2,832 67.1% 5,977 1.1% 98
2008 33.6% 3,074 65.1% 5,960 1.3% 119
2004 36.7% 2,901 62.8% 4,960 0.5% 37
2000 40.3% 2,675 58.7% 3,899 1.0% 68
1996 33.4% 1,973 60.7% 3,588 5.9% 347
1992 34.9% 2,730 56.9% 4,454 8.2% 638
1988 46.2% 2,936 53.8% 3,423
1984 47.3% 3,548 52.2% 3,912 0.5% 40
1980 37.5% 2,952 61.2% 4,818 1.4% 107
1976 37.7% 2,357 61.9% 3,869 0.5% 28
1972 60.3% 3,076 39.1% 1,996 0.6% 28
1968 22.2% 1,219 39.2% 2,151 38.5% 2,113
1964 68.3% 2,489 31.7% 1,156
1960 46.6% 1,297 53.4% 1,487
1956 10.1% 250 38.3% 943 51.6% 1,272
1952 64.3% 1,669 35.7% 927
1948 2.7% 36 10.7% 142 86.7% 1,155
1944 5.7% 50 87.3% 764 7.0% 61
1940 2.4% 20 97.6% 825
1936 0.5% 5 99.5% 1,045
1932 1.3% 10 98.7% 742
1928 1.0% 6 99.0% 593
1920 2.4% 18 97.4% 734 0.3% 2
1916 1.7% 14 96.7% 779 1.6% 13
1912 0.5% 3 98.5% 571 1.0% 6
1904 1.6% 18 98.4% 1,128

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 13, 2011. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ 2001-2002 Bill 1044: Lee County's 100th Birthday - www.scstatehouse.net - LPITS Archived 2007-03-12 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "South Carolina: Individual County Chronologies". South Carolina Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2009. Retrieved March 21, 2015. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 18, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 18, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 18, 2015. 
  9. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 18, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 18, 2015. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  12. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-03-11. 
  13. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-03-11. 
  14. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-03-11. 
  15. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016-03-11. 
  16. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2018-03-13. 

Coordinates: 34°10′N 80°15′W / 34.16°N 80.25°W / 34.16; -80.25