|Lee County, Kentucky|
Location in the state of Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
|Named for||Robert E. Lee (1807–1870), Confederate general or Lee County.|
211 sq mi (547 km²)
210 sq mi (544 km²)
1 sq mi (4 km²), 0.64%
38/sq mi (15/km²)
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Lee County was formed in 1870. Many sources say it was named for General Robert E. Lee, which is certainly possible given that it was formed near the time of Lee's death. On the other hand, this area of Kentucky was strongly pro-Union during the Civil War. Other sources say the County was named for Lee County, or for Lighthorse Harry Lee.
Eastern Kentucky Coal Fields Edit
Lee County lies within the Eastern Kentucky Coal Fields region. 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.
Adjacent counties Edit
- Powell County (north)
- Wolfe County (northeast)
- Breathitt County (southeast)
- Owsley County (south)
- Jackson County (southwest)
- Estill County (northwest)
As of the census2 of 2000, there were 7,916 people, 2,985 households, and 2,122 families residing in the county. The population density was 15/km² (38/sq mi). There were 3,321 housing units at an average density of 6/km² (16/sq mi). 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.
Cities and towns Edit
Lee County Seat:
Airedale, Athol, Belle Point, Canyon Falls, Congleton, Cressmont, Delvinta, Earnestville, Enoch, Evelyn, Fillmore, Fincastle, Fixer, Greeley, Heidelberg, Idamay, Leeco, Lower Buffalo, Maloney, Monica, Mt Olive, Old Landing, Primrose, Proctor, St Helens, Standing Rock, Tallega, White Ash, Williba, Willow, Yellow Rock, Zacharia, Zoe.
- Bluegrass, Blackmarket (1994). Directed by Hans Luxemberger. Produced by Headwaters. Whitesburg, Kentucky: Appalshop.
See also Edit
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