Lee County, Mississippi

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Lee County, Mississippi
Map of Mississippi highlighting Lee County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of USA MS
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Founded 1866
Seat Tupelo
Largest city Tupelo
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

453.14 sq mi (1,174 km²)
449.59 sq mi (1,164 km²)
3.55 sq mi (9 km²), 0.78%
 - (2010)
 - Density

184/sq mi (71/km²)

Lee County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of 2010, the population was 82,910. The county seat is Tupelo[1]. It is the largest county in the Tupelo Micropolitan Statistical Area. Lee County is named for General Robert E. Lee.


According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 453.14 square miles (1,173.6 km2), of which 449.59 square miles (1,164.4 km2) (or 99.22%) is land and 3.55 square miles (9.2 km2) (or 0.78%) is water.[2]

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On September 20, 1816, General Andrew Jackson, David Meriwether, and the Chickasaw Nation signed the Treaty of Chickasaw Council House in Lee County.

Lee County was formed on October 26, 1866 from parts of Itawamba and Pontotoc Counties. It was named for General Robert E. Lee, General-in-Chief of the Armies of the Confederate States.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1870 15,955
1880 20,470 28.3%
1890 20,040 −2.1%
1900 21,956 9.6%
1910 28,894 31.6%
1920 29,618 2.5%
1930 35,313 19.2%
1940 38,838 10.0%
1950 38,237 −1.5%
1960 40,589 6.2%
1970 46,148 13.7%
1980 57,061 23.6%
1990 65,581 14.9%
2000 75,755 15.5%
2010 82,910 9.4%
MS Counties 1900-1990
GeoHive - 2000 & 2010 statistics

As of the census[3] 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 fourth highest per capita income in the State of Mississippi.


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  2. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Coordinates: 34°17′N 88°41′W / 34.29, -88.68

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