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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.
Country  United States
State  South Carolina
Founded 1902
Seat Bishopville
Largest city Bishopville
Area
 • Total 411 sq mi (1,060 km2)
 • Land 410 sq mi (1,100 km2)
 • Water 1.0 sq mi (3 km2)  0.3%%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 19,220
 • Estimate 
(2020)
16,632
 • Density 46.76/sq mi (18.056/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 5th

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

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.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 25,318
1920 26,827 6.0%
1930 24,096 −10.2%
1940 24,908 3.4%
1950 23,173 −7.0%
1960 21,832 −5.8%
1970 18,323 −16.1%
1980 18,929 3.3%
1990 18,437 −2.6%
2000 20,119 9.1%
2010 19,220 −4.5%
2020 (est.) 16,632 −13.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2010 census

At the 2010 census, there were 19,220 people, 6,797 households, and 4,567 families living in the county. 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). 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. In terms of ancestry, 24.9% were American, and 5.1% were English.

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.

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.

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