|Founded||October 26, 1866|
|Named for||Gen. Robert E. Lee|
|• Total||453 sq mi (1,170 km2)|
|• Land||450 sq mi (1,200 km2)|
|• Water||3.2 sq mi (8 km2) 0.7%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||180/sq mi (71/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
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Lee is a county in Mississippi. At the 2010 census, the population was 82,910.The county seat is Tupelo. Lee County is included in the Tupelo Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Lee County was established on October 26, 1866, and named for General 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.
In 1925 L. Q. Ivy, an African-American, was accused of raping the daughter of a farmer in the Etah (Etta) Community in Union County, Mississippi. The Union County Sheriff along with the Lee County Sheriff were stopped in Union County by a mob of farmers from the Lee County area. The Lee County Sheriff escorted Ivy to Aberdeen, in Monroe County. Later, when Ivy was brought back into New Albany, the mob seized him and took him back to the Etah (Etta) Community (located 18 miles outside of New Albany, in the northwest corner of Union County), where he was burned to death.
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.
|U.S. Decennial Census |
1990-2000 2010-2013 2018
|Black or African American||24,131||28.95%|
|Hispanic or Latino||2,828||3.39%|
As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 83,343 people, 30,378 households, and 21,437 families residing in the county.
As of the census 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.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
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.
Lee County is served by the Baldwyn, Lee County, Nettleton, and Tupelo school districts.
Lee County has been a Republican stronghold since the mid-1980s. The last Democratic candidate who carried this county was Jimmy Carter in the election of 1980.
Union County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 27,134. Its county seat is New Albany. According to most sources, the county received its name by being a union of pieces of several large counties, like other Union counties in other states. However, other sources say that the name was meant to mark the re-union of Mississippi and the other Confederate states after the Civil War.
Prentiss County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 25,275. Its county seat is Booneville. The county is named for Seargent Smith Prentiss, a noted speaker and US Congressman from Natchez.
Pontotoc County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. It has been identified as one of the most corrupt counties in Northern Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 29,957. Its county seat is Pontotoc. It was created on February 9, 1836, from lands ceded to the United States under the Chickasaw Cession. Pontotoc is a Chickasaw word meaning "land of hanging grapes". The original Natchez Trace and the current-day Natchez Trace Parkway both pass through the southeast corner of Pontotoc County.
Monroe County is a county on the northeast border of the U.S. state of Mississippi next to Alabama. As of the 2010 census, the population was 36,989. Its county seat is Aberdeen.
Itawamba County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 23,401. Its county seat is Fulton. The county is part of the Tupelo, MS Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Fulton is a city in and the county seat of Itawamba County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 3,961 at the 2010 census.
Tremont is a town in Itawamba County, Mississippi, United States. It was founded in 1852. The population was 465 at the 2010 census, up from 390 at the 2000 census.
Guntown is a city in Lee County, Mississippi, located in the northern part of the Tupelo micropolitan area. The population was 2,083 at the 2010 Census.
Saltillo is a city in Lee County, Mississippi, located in the northern part of the Tupelo micropolitan area. The population was 4,752 at the 2010 Census.
Shannon is a town in Lee County, Mississippi. The population was 1,753 at the 2010 Census.
Algoma is a town in Pontotoc County, Mississippi. The population was 590 at the 2010 census.
Ecru is a town in Pontotoc County, Mississippi. The population was 895 at the 2010 census. Ecru is home to the largest upholstered furniture plant in the world which manufactures Ashley Furniture.
Pontotoc is a city in, and the county seat of, Pontotoc County, Mississippi, located to the west of the much larger city of Tupelo. The population was 5,625 at the 2010 census. Pontotoc is a Chickasaw word that means, “Land of the Hanging Grapes.”
Booneville is a city in the U.S. state of Mississippi and is the county seat of Prentiss County. It is located in the hilly North Mississippi region, and ecologically is part of the Southeastern Plains region.
New Albany is a city in Union County, Mississippi. The population was 8,034 at the time of the 2010 census. New Albany is the county seat of Union County.
Mantachie is a town in Itawamba County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 1,121 in the 2020 census. It is located 14 miles (23 km) northeast of Tupelo at the intersection of Mississippi Highways 363 and 371 and 5 miles (8 km) north of Interstate 22.
Baldwyn is a city located in Lee and Prentiss counties, Mississippi, located in the northern part of the Tupelo micropolitan area. The population was 3,297 at the 2010 census.
Nettleton is a town in Lee and Monroe counties in Mississippi. The population was 1,992 at the 2010 census. Incorporated in 1888, the town was named after George Henry Nettleton, president of the Kansas City, Memphis and Birmingham Railroad (KCM&B).
Sherman is a town which straddles Lee, Pontotoc, and Union counties in Mississippi. The population was 650 at the 2010 census.
The Tupelo Micropolitan Statistical Area is a micropolitan area in northeastern Mississippi that covers three counties—Itawamba, Lee and Pontotoc. As of the 2000 census, the area had a population of 163,398.