Lee County, Mississippi

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Lee County
South facade of the Lee County, Mississippi courthouse in Tupelo, Mississippi 5 Aug 2013.jpg
Lee County Courthouse
Map of Mississippi highlighting Lee County.svg
Location within the U.S. state of Mississippi
Mississippi in United States.svg
Mississippi's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 34°17′N88°41′W / 34.29°N 88.68°W / 34.29; -88.68
CountryFlag of the United States.svg United States
StateFlag of Mississippi.svg  Mississippi
FoundedOctober 26, 1866
(156 years ago)
 (1866-10-26)
Named for Gen. Robert E. Lee
Seat Tupelo
Largest cityTupelo
Area
  Total453 sq mi (1,170 km2)
  Land450 sq mi (1,200 km2)
  Water3.2 sq mi (8 km2)  0.7%
Population
 (2010)
  Total82,910
  Estimate 
(2018)
85,202
  Density180/sq mi (71/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
  Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP Codes
38801, 38804, 38824, 38826, 38828, 38843, 38849, 38857, 38858, 38860, 38862, 38866, 38868, 38879
Area code 662
Congressional district 1st
Website leecoms.com

Lee is a county in Mississippi. At the 2010 census, the population was 82,910. [1] The county seat is Tupelo. [2] Lee County is included in the Tupelo Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Contents

History

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

Lee County was established on October 26, 1866, and named for General Robert E. Lee, [3] 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. [4]

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. [5]

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. [6]

Major highways

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
1870 15,955
1880 20,47028.3%
1890 20,040−2.1%
1900 21,9569.6%
1910 28,89431.6%
1920 29,6182.5%
1930 35,31319.2%
1940 38,83810.0%
1950 38,237−1.5%
1960 40,5896.2%
1970 46,14813.7%
1980 57,06123.6%
1990 65,58114.9%
2000 75,75515.5%
2010 82,9109.4%
2020 83,3430.5%
U.S. Decennial Census [7]
1790-1960 [8] 1900-1990 [9]
1990-2000 [10] 2010-2013 [1] 2018 [11]

2020 census

Lee County Racial Composition [12]
RaceNum.Perc.
White 52,85463.42%
Black or African American 24,13128.95%
Native American 940.11%
Asian 9201.1%
Pacific Islander 250.03%
Other/Mixed 2,4912.99%
Hispanic or Latino 2,8283.39%

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 83,343 people, 30,378 households, and 21,437 families residing in the county.

2000 census

As of the census [13] 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

Education

Lee County is served by the Baldwyn, Lee County, Nettleton, and Tupelo school districts. [14]

Politics

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.

United States presidential election results for Lee County, Mississippi [15]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.%No.%No.%
2020 24,20765.51%12,18932.98%5581.51%
2016 22,22067.51%10,02930.47%6642.02%
2012 22,41563.49%12,56335.58%3280.93%
2008 22,69464.91%12,02134.39%2450.70%
2004 20,25466.11%10,12733.05%2580.84%
2000 15,55161.97%9,14236.43%4011.60%
1996 11,81554.48%8,43838.91%1,4336.61%
1992 12,23154.36%7,71034.27%2,56011.38%
1988 13,76766.42%6,60431.86%3571.72%
1984 13,31267.47%6,20831.46%2101.06%
1980 8,32644.08%10,04753.19%5162.73%
1976 7,36645.10%8,50452.07%4632.83%
1972 10,73082.60%1,63212.56%6294.84%
1968 2,52218.45%1,91213.99%9,23267.55%
1964 5,16568.19%2,40931.81%00.00%
1960 1,55023.34%3,65355.01%1,43821.65%
1956 92918.01%3,88375.30%3456.69%
1952 2,00232.42%4,17467.58%00.00%
1948 822.13%63616.54%3,12881.33%
1944 2306.15%3,50993.85%00.00%
1940 1203.05%3,81496.93%10.03%
1936 421.16%3,58598.84%00.00%
1932 1293.36%3,70496.51%50.13%
1928 36711.75%2,75788.25%00.00%
1924 1525.48%2,62194.52%00.00%
1920 30215.38%1,65284.11%100.51%
1916 915.12%1,68394.60%50.28%
1912 392.62%1,39093.54%573.84%

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Coordinates: 34°17′N88°41′W / 34.29°N 88.68°W / 34.29; -88.68