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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; 148 years ago (1873-04-17)
Named for General Robert E. Lee
Seat Marianna
Largest city Marianna
 • Total 620 sq mi (1,600 km2)
 • Land 603 sq mi (1,560 km2)
 • Water 17 sq mi (40 km2)  2.7%%
 • Estimate 
 • Density 17/sq mi (7/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. As of the 2010 census, the population was 10,424. The county seat is Marianna. The county was established on April 17, 1873, and named for General Robert E. Lee, who served as General in Chief of the Armies of the Confederate States in 1865.


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%
Est. 2015 9,650 −7.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2015
USA Lee County, Arkansas age pyramid
Age pyramid Lee County

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

As of the 2000 United States Census, there were 12,580 people, 4,182 households, and 2,960 families residing in the county. The population density was 21 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 4,768 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 41.41% White, 57.24% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.52% from other races, and 0.40% from two or more races. 2.19% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,182 households out of which 31.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.20% were married couples living together, 23.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.20% were non-families. 27.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.00% under the age of 18, 10.20% from 18 to 24, 28.70% from 25 to 44, 21.10% from 45 to 64, and 14.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 111.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 118.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $20,510, and the median income for a family was $25,846. Males had a median income of $26,900 versus $19,505 for females. The per capita income for the county was $10,983. About 24.70% of families and 29.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 38.80% of those under age 18 and 27.60% of those age 65 or over.




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.

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