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Lee County, Kentucky
Lee County Kentucky Courthouse
Lee County courthouse in Beattyville
Map of Kentucky highlighting Lee County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of USA KY
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1870
Named for Robert E. Lee
Seat Beattyville
Largest city Beattyville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

211 sq mi (546 km²)
209 sq mi (541 km²)
2.4 sq mi (6 km²), 1.1%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

7,887
38/sq mi (15/km²)
Congressional district 5th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website http://www.leecounty.ky.gov/

Lee County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 7,887.[1] Its county seat is Beattyville.[2] The county was formed in 1870 from parts of Breathitt, Estill, Owsley and Wolfe counties.[3] The county was named for Confederate general Robert E. Lee.[4]

The town of Proctor, named for the Reverend Joseph Proctor, was the first county seat.[3] The first court was held on April 25, 1870 in the Old Howerton House. The local economy at the time included coal mining, salt gathering, timber operations, and various commercial operations. It featured a post office from 1843 until 1918.

The current county seat, Beattyville, was first known as Taylor's Landing.[3] It was renamed to Beatty in 1850 after early settler Samuel Beatty. The town incorporated in 1872 as Beattyville and became the new county seat due to its location along the Kentucky River.

Although Lee County contained taverns in the 19th century,[5] it is currently a prohibition or dry county.

GeographyEdit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 211 square miles (550 km2), of which 209 square miles (540 km2) is land and 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2) (1.1%) is water.[6]

Eastern Mountain Coal FieldsEdit

Lee County lies within the Eastern Mountain Coal Fields region of Kentucky. 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 countiesEdit

National protected areaEdit

DemographicsEdit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1880 4,254
1890 6,205 45.9%
1900 7,988 28.7%
1910 9,531 19.3%
1920 11,918 25.0%
1930 9,729 −18.4%
1940 10,860 11.6%
1950 8,739 −19.5%
1960 7,420 −15.1%
1970 6,587 −11.2%
1980 7,754 17.7%
1990 7,422 −4.3%
2000 7,916 6.7%
2010 7,887 −0.4%
Est. 2016 6,580 [7] −16.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1790–1960[9] 1900–1990[10]
1990–2000[11] 2010–2013[1]

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 7,916 people, 2,985 households, and 2,122 families residing in the county. The population density was 38 per square mile (15 /km2). There were 3,321 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6.2 /km2). 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.

Life expectancyEdit

Of 3,142 counties in the United States in 2013, Lee County ranked 3,111 for the life expectancy of males and 2,989 for longevity of females. Males in Lee County lived an average of 68.5 years and females lived an average of 76.7 years compared to the national average for life expectancy of 76.5 for males and 81.2 for females. Moreover, the average life expectancy in Lee Country was stable for males and declined by 1.5 years for females between 1985 and 2013 compared to a national average for the same period of an increased life span of 5.5 years for men and 3.1 years for women. High rates of smoking and obesity and a low level of physical activity appear to be contributing factors to the low life expectancy for both sexes.[13]

PoliticsEdit

Presidential Elections Results[14]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 80.7% 2,151 16.7% 444 2.7% 72
2012 75.4% 1,977 22.7% 595 1.9% 51
2008 71.3% 1,978 27.1% 752 1.6% 43
2004 69.1% 2,018 30.1% 878 0.8% 24
2000 68.5% 1,893 30.3% 836 1.3% 35
1996 51.6% 1,302 40.6% 1,023 7.8% 197
1992 51.2% 1,617 37.1% 1,170 11.7% 371
1988 61.3% 1,588 38.0% 984 0.7% 18
1984 70.5% 1,862 29.1% 768 0.4% 10
1980 60.5% 1,650 37.3% 1,017 2.2% 59
1976 56.5% 1,449 42.6% 1,091 0.9% 23
1972 68.2% 1,629 31.2% 744 0.6% 15
1968 58.3% 1,339 29.3% 674 12.4% 285
1964 45.7% 1,376 54.1% 1,162 0.2% 5
1960 67.7% 2,012 32.3% 958 0.0% 0
1956 65.3% 1,774 34.5% 938 0.2% 4
1952 58.7% 1,572 41.1% 1,100 0.2% 6
1948 52.6% 1,233 45.2% 1,058 2.2% 52
1944 57.6% 1,468 42.0% 1,072 0.4% 10
1940 53.4% 1,866 46.4% 1,622 0.2% 7
1936 55.7% 1,812 44.3% 1,440 0.1% 2
1932 45.2% 1,628 54.7% 1,970 0.2% 6
1928 63.9% 2,005 36.1% 1,131 0.0% 1
1924 49.3% 1,348 49.3% 1,348 1.5% 41
1920 59.6% 1,856 40.0% 1,246 0.5% 14
1916 58.5% 1,135 40.9% 793 0.7% 13
1912 33.4% 570 42.6% 728 24.0% 410

EconomyEdit

Lee County, Kentucky is often listed as one of the poorest counties in the United States. In 2014, 35 percent of its population lived in poverty and the median family income was $23,968 compared to 14.8 percent poor and a $53,482 median family income for the United States as a whole.[15]

CommunitiesEdit

CityEdit

Unincorporated communitiesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/21/21129.html. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ a b c Kendrick, Debi (January 3, 2014). "Lee County Kentucky Genealogy". http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ky/county/lee/. 
  4. ^ The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Volume 1. Kentucky State Historical Society. 1903. pp. 36. https://books.google.com/books?id=luoxAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA36#v=onepage&q&f=false. 
  5. ^ Collins, Lewis (1877). History of Kentucky. p. 461. https://books.google.com/books?id=F5FQAQAAIAAJ&pg=PA461. 
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. http://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/docs/gazetteer/counties_list_21.txt. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/popest/data/tables.2016.html. Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/prod/www/decennial.html. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/ky190090.txt. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs/phc-t4/tables/tab02.pdf. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  12. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder2.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  13. ^ "Lee County, Kentucky", http://www.healthdata.org/sites/default/files/files/county_profiles/US/County_Report_Lee_County_Kentucky.pdf, accessed 12 Oct 2016
  14. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS
  15. ^ "Lee County, Kentucky," http://www.census.gov/quickfacts/table/PST045213/21129/embed/accessible; "United States" https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/table/INC110214/00, accessed 6 August 2016

Template:Eastern Mountain Coal Fields (Kentucky)

Coordinates: 37°35′N 83°43′W / 37.59, -83.72


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