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|County of Lee|
Lee County Courthouse, 2007
Location within the U.S. state of North Carolina
North Carolina's location within the U.S.
|Founded||March 6, 1907|
|Named for||General Robert E. Lee|
|• Total||259 sq mi (670 km2)|
|• Land||255 sq mi (660 km2)|
|• Water||4.1 sq mi (11 km2) 1.6%%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||251.5/sq mi (97.1/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
Lee County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2020 census, the population was 63,285. 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 Fayetteville Combined Statistical Area, also known as the Fayetteville area, which had a 2019 estimated population of 854,826. Lee County's motto is "Committed Today for a Better Tomorrow".
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.
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|U.S. Decennial Census
|Black or African American (non-Hispanic)||10,701||16.91%|
|Hispanic or Latino||13,122||20.73%|
As of the 2020 United States census, there were 63,285 people, 21,894 households, and 15,223 families residing in the county.
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)
- 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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