Lee County, South Carolina

Lee County
Lee County Courthouse
Lee County Courthouse
Map of South Carolina highlighting Lee County
Location within the U.S. state of South Carolina
Map of the United States highlighting South Carolina
South Carolina's location within the U.S.
Coordinates:34°10′N 80°15′W / 34.16°N 80.25°W / 34.16; -80.25
Country United States
State South Carolina
Founded1902
SeatBishopville
Largest cityBishopville
Area
 • Total411 sq mi (1,060 km2)
 • Land410 sq mi (1,100 km2)
 • Water1.0 sq mi (3 km2)  0.3%%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total19,220
 • Estimate 
(2020)
16,632
 • Density47/sq mi (18/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district5th
Websitewww.leecountysc.org

Lee County is a county located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2010 census, its population was 19,220,[1] making it the fifth-least populous county in South Carolina. Its county seat is Bishopville.[2] The county is named for Confederate General Robert E. Lee.[3] A previous incarnation of Lee County was established in 1898 and was disestablished the next year. The current Lee County was formed in 1902.[4]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 411 square miles (1,060 km2), of which 410 square miles (1,100 km2) is land and 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2) (0.3%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • I-20
  • US 15
  • SC 34
  • SC 441
  • SC 154
  • SC 341
  • US 76
  • US 401

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
191025,318
192026,8276.0%
193024,096−10.2%
194024,9083.4%
195023,173−7.0%
196021,832−5.8%
197018,323−16.1%
198018,9293.3%
199018,437−2.6%
200020,1199.1%
201019,220−4.5%
2020 (est.)16,632[6]−13.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2013[1]

2000 census

At the 2000 census there were 20,119 people, 6,886 households, and 4,916 families living in the county. The population density was 49 people per square mile (19/km2). There were 7,670 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 63.56% Black or African American, 35.03% White, 0.13% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.59% from other races, and 0.49% from two or more races. 1.31% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.[11] Of the 6,886 households 32.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.00% were married couples living together, 23.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.60% were non-families. 25.90% of households were one person and 10.60% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.23.

The age distribution was 25.80% under the age of 18, 10.00% from 18 to 24, 29.20% from 25 to 44, 22.60% from 45 to 64, and 12.40% 65 or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 101.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.10 males.

The median household income was $26,907 and the median family income was $34,209. Males had a median income of $26,512 versus $18,993 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,896. About 17.70% of families and 21.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.60% of those under age 18 and 27.90% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

At the 2010 census, there were 19,220 people, 6,797 households, and 4,567 families living in the county.[12] The population density was 46.9 inhabitants per square mile (18.1/km2). There were 7,775 housing units at an average density of 19.0 per square mile (7.3/km2).[13] The racial makeup of the county was 64.3% black or African American, 33.4% white, 0.3% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 0.8% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.7% of the population.[12] In terms of ancestry, 24.9% were American, and 5.1% were English.[14]

Of the 6,797 households, 32.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.5% were married couples living together, 24.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 32.8% were non-families, and 29.3% of households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.15. The median age was 38.9 years.[12]

The median household income was $23,378 and the median family income was $35,279. Males had a median income of $32,721 versus $26,769 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,924. About 25.8% of families and 29.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 40.9% of those under age 18 and 16.7% of those age 65 or over.[15]

Communities

City

  • Bishopville (county seat)

Town

  • Lynchburg

Census-designated places

  • Ashwood
  • Browntown
  • Elliott
  • Manville
  • St. Charles
  • Wisacky

Other unincorporated communities

  • Alcot
  • Lucknow
  • Spring Hill
  • Una

Government

Law enforcement

In 2010, Lee County Sheriff Edgar Jerome “E.J.” Melvin and six others were arrested on federal drug conspiracy charges. Court documents stated that he dealt cocaine from his police SUV, and other dealers gave him the nickname "Big Dog."[16][17] Melvin was found guilty and sentenced to 17 years in prison.[18]

Politics

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[19]
YearRepublicanDemocraticThird parties
202035.7% 3,00863.2% 5,3291.1% 94
201634.4% 2,80363.7% 5,1991.9% 154
201231.8% 2,83267.1% 5,9771.1% 98
200833.6% 3,07465.1% 5,9601.3% 119
200436.7% 2,90162.8% 4,9600.5% 37
200040.3% 2,67558.7% 3,8991.0% 68
199633.4% 1,97360.7% 3,5885.9% 347
199234.9% 2,73056.9% 4,4548.2% 638
198846.2% 2,93653.8% 3,423
198447.3% 3,54852.2% 3,9120.5% 40
198037.5% 2,95261.2% 4,8181.4% 107
197637.7% 2,35761.9% 3,8690.5% 28
197260.3% 3,07639.1% 1,9960.6% 28
196822.2% 1,21939.2% 2,15138.5% 2,113
196468.3% 2,48931.7% 1,156
196046.6% 1,29753.4% 1,487
195610.1% 25038.3% 94351.6% 1,272
195264.3% 1,66935.7% 927
19482.7% 3610.7% 14286.7% 1,155
19445.7% 5087.3% 7647.0% 61
19402.4% 2097.6% 825
19360.5% 599.5% 1,045
19321.3% 1098.7% 742
19281.0% 699.0% 593
19202.4% 1897.4% 7340.3% 2
19161.7% 1496.7% 7791.6% 13
19120.5% 398.5% 5711.0% 6
19085.6% 5894.1% 9630.2% 2
19041.6% 1898.4% 1,128

See also

External links

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved November 25, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. ^ 2001-2002 Bill 1044: Lee County's 100th Birthday - www.scstatehouse.net - LPITS Archived 2007-03-12 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "South Carolina: Individual County Chronologies". South Carolina Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2009. Archived from the original on January 3, 2017. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 18, 2015.
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved July 30, 2019.
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 18, 2015.
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 18, 2015.
  9. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 18, 2015.
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 18, 2015.
  11. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  12. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2020-02-13. Retrieved 2016-03-11.
  13. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2020-02-13. Retrieved 2016-03-11.
  14. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2020-02-13. Retrieved 2016-03-11.
  15. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2020-02-13. Retrieved 2016-03-11.
  16. ^ "South Carolina Sheriff Accused of Dealing Drugs From Police SUV". Associated Press. 2015-03-26. Retrieved 2021-11-09.
  17. ^ "Lee County Sheriff E.J. Melvin Arrested with Six Others on Federal Drug Conspiracy Charges". FBI. 2010-05-01. Retrieved 2021-11-09.
  18. ^ "Former Lee County sheriff gets 17 years". Post and Courier. 2011-03-18. Retrieved 2021-11-09.
  19. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2018-03-13.

Coordinates:34°10′N 80°15′W / 34.16°N 80.25°W / 34.16; -80.25

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