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Lee County, Texas
Seal of Lee County, Texas
Map
Map of Texas highlighting Lee County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the USA highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1874
Seat Giddings
Largest City Giddings
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

634 sq mi (1,642 km²)
629 sq mi (1,629 km²)
5.1 sq mi (13 km²), 0.8%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

16,612
26/sq mi (10/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: http://www.co.lee.tx.us/
Named for: Robert E. Lee

Lee County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 16,612. Its county seat is Giddings. The county is named for Robert E. Lee, the commander of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 634 square miles (1,640 km2), of which 629 square miles (1,630 km2) is land and 5.1 square miles (13 km2) (0.8%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 77.svg U.S. Highway 77
  • US 290.svg U.S. Highway 290
  • Texas 21.svg State Highway 21

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 8,937
1890 11,952 33.7%
1900 14,595 22.1%
1910 13,132 −10.0%
1920 14,014 6.7%
1930 13,390 −4.5%
1940 12,751 −4.8%
1950 10,144 −20.4%
1960 8,949 −11.8%
1970 8,048 −10.1%
1980 10,952 36.1%
1990 12,854 17.4%
2000 15,657 21.8%
2010 16,612 6.1%
Est. 2015 16,898 1.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010–2014

As of the census of 2000, there were 15,657 people, 5,663 households, and 4,150 families residing in the county. The population density was 25 people per square mile (10/km²). There were 6,851 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 76.59% White, 12.08% Black or African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 8.87% from other races, and 1.72% from two or more races. 18.19% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 35.5% were of German and 8.3% American ancestry according to Census 2000. 80.1% spoke English, 14.4% Spanish and 5.1% German as their first language.

There were 5,663 households out of which 35.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.00% were married couples living together, 8.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.70% were non-families. 23.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the county, the population was spread out with 28.80% under the age of 18, 9.20% from 18 to 24, 26.30% from 25 to 44, 21.40% from 45 to 64, and 14.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 101.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,280, and the median income for a family was $42,073. Males had a median income of $30,635 versus $21,611 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,163. About 9.70% of families and 11.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.70% of those under age 18 and 16.10% of those age 65 or over.

As of the 2010 census, Lee County has a similar ethnic makeup relative to the overall United States.

Communities

City

Town

Unincorporated communities

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