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Lee County
County of Lee
Main façade of the Lee County Courthouse, 2014
Main façade of the Lee County Courthouse, 2014
Map of Arkansas highlighting Lee County
Location within the U.S. state of Arkansas
Map of the United States highlighting Arkansas
Arkansas's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Arkansas
Founded April 17, 1873; 150 years ago (1873-04-17)
Named for General Robert E. Lee
Seat Marianna
 • Total 620 sq mi (1,600 km2)
 • Land 603 sq mi (1,560 km2)
 • Water 17 sq mi (40 km2)  2.7%%
 • Total 10,424
 • Estimate 
 • Density 16.81/sq mi (6.49/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 1st

Lee County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. With its eastern border formed by the Mississippi River, it is considered to be part of the Arkansas Delta. As of the 2010 census, the population was 10,424. The county seat is Marianna.

The county was established on April 17, 1873, during the Reconstruction era. It was named for General Robert E. Lee, who served as General in Chief of the Armies of the Confederate States in 1865. The area of the Delta was developed largely for cotton as a commodity crop before the Civil War, based on the labor of enslaved African Americans. It continued as an important crop into the 20th century, when it was worked by African-American sharecroppers and tenant farmers.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 620 square miles (1,600 km2), of which 603 square miles (1,560 km2) is land and 17 square miles (44 km2) (2.7%) is water.

Major Highways

  • US 79.svg U.S. Highway 79
  • Arkansas 1.svg Highway 1
  • Arkansas 78.svg Highway 78
  • Arkansas 121.svg Highway 121
  • Arkansas 131.svg Highway 131

Adjacent counties

National protected area


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 13,288
1890 18,886 42.1%
1900 19,409 2.8%
1910 24,252 25.0%
1920 28,852 19.0%
1930 26,637 −7.7%
1940 26,810 0.6%
1950 24,322 −9.3%
1960 21,001 −13.7%
1970 18,884 −10.1%
1980 15,539 −17.7%
1990 13,053 −16.0%
2000 12,580 −3.6%
2010 10,424 −17.1%
2019 (est.) 8,857 −15.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2016
USA Lee County, Arkansas age pyramid
Age pyramid Lee County

2020 census

Lee County Racial Composition
Race Num. Perc.
White 3,424 39.81%
Black or African American 4,657 54.15%
Native American 18 0.21%
Asian 13 0.15%
Pacific Islander 1 0.01%
Other/Mixed 271 3.15%
Hispanic or Latino 216 2.51%

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 8,600 people, 3,206 households, and 1,994 families residing in the county.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 10,424 people living in the county. 55.3% were Black or African American, 42.0% White, 0.5% Native American, 1.6% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race), 0.4% Asian, 0.7% of some other race and 1.2% of two or more races.




Unincorporated communities


Lee County Arkansas 2010 Township Map large
Townships in Lee County, Arkansas as of 2010

Townships in Arkansas are the divisions of a county. Each township includes unincorporated areas; some may have incorporated cities or towns within part of their boundaries. Arkansas townships have limited purposes in modern times. However, the United States Census does list Arkansas population based on townships (sometimes referred to as "county subdivisions" or "minor civil divisions"). Townships are also of value for historical purposes in terms of genealogical research. Each town or city is within one or more townships in an Arkansas county based on census maps and publications. The townships of Lee County are listed below; listed in parentheses are the cities, towns, and/or census-designated places that are fully or partially inside the township.

See also

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