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Lee County, North Carolina
Map

Location in the state of North Carolina
Map of the USA highlighting North Carolina
North Carolina's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded March 6, 1907; 112 years ago (1907-03-06)
Seat Sanford
Largest City Sanford
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

259 sq mi (671 km²)
255 sq mi (660 km²)
4.1 sq mi (11 km²), 1.6%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

57,866
227/sq mi (88/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.leecountync.gov
Named for: General Robert E. Lee

Lee County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 57,866. The county seat is Sanford. It was established on March 6, 1907, from parts of Chatham and Moore counties, and named for General Robert E. Lee, who served as the General in Chief of the Armies of the Confederate States in 1865.

Lee County comprises the Sanford Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is a part of the greater Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC Combined Statistical Area, which had a 2012 estimated population of 1,998,808.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 259 square miles (670 km2), of which 255 square miles (660 km2) is land and 4.1 square miles (11 km2) (1.6%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • US 1
  • US 15
  • US 421
  • US 501
  • NC 42
  • NC 78
  • NC 87

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 11,376
1920 13,400 17.8%
1930 16,996 26.8%
1940 18,743 10.3%
1950 23,522 25.5%
1960 26,561 12.9%
1970 30,467 14.7%
1980 36,718 20.5%
1990 41,374 12.7%
2000 49,040 18.5%
2010 57,866 18.0%
Est. 2015 59,660 3.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 49,040 people, 18,466 households, and 13,369 families residing in the county. The population density was 191 people per square mile (74/km²). There were 19,909 housing units at an average density of 77 per square mile (30/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 70.03% White, 20.46% Black or African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.67% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 7.33% from other races, and 1.06% from two or more races. 11.65% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

By 2005 14.2% of the County population was Latino. 20.2% of the population was African-American. 64.2% of the population was non-Hispanic whites.

In 2000 there were 18,466 households out of which 33.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.30% were married couples living together, 13.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.60% were non-families. 23.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.70% under the age of 18, 9.00% from 18 to 24, 29.70% from 25 to 44, 22.70% from 45 to 64, and 12.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,900, and the median income for a family was $45,373. Males had a median income of $32,780 versus $23,660 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,147. About 9.80% of families and 12.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.50% of those under age 18 and 12.20% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Map of Lee County North Carolina With Municipal and Township Labels
Map of Lee County, North Carolina, with municipal and township labels

City

Town

Unincorporated communities

Townships

The county is divided into seven townships, which are both numbered and named:

  • 1 (Greenwood)
  • 2 (Jonesboro)
  • 3 (Cape Fear)
  • 4 (Deep River)
  • 5 (East Sanford)
  • 6 (West Sanford)
  • 7 (Pocket)

Trivia

  • The area has historically been one of the leading brick manufacturing areas in the United States.
  • Cotton and tobacco are leading crops in the county.
  • The county is divided between the Piedmont in the northern part of the county and the Sandhills in the south.
  • Lee County sits in the middle of the Triassic Basin and has the state's most concentrated reserves of oil and natural gas.

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