Lee County (Virginia)

Lee County is a county located in the state of Virginia in the United States. In the 2000 census, the county had 23,589 inhabitants and a population density of 21 inhabitants per square kilometer. Administrative office ( County Seat) is Jonesville. The county is one of the poorest counties in the United States. The county is one of the Dry counties, which means that the sale of alcohol is restricted or prohibited.


Lee County is located in the extreme southwest of Virginia, is bordered to the north by Kentucky, south to Tennessee and has an area of ​​1133 square kilometers without significant water surface. It is bordered clockwise to the following counties: Wise County and Scott County.


Made it was from parts of Russell County and Scott County on 25 October 1792. It was named for Light Horse Harry Lee, Governor of Virginia from 1791 to 1794.

Demographic data

1900-1990 2000

According to the census of 2000, there were 23,589 people in Lee County. Of these, 235 people were living in collective centers, the other residents living in 9,706 households and 6,852 families. The population density was 21 people per square kilometer. The racial the population was made ​​up of 98.44 percent White, 0.44 percent African American, 0.22 percent Native American, 0.18 percent Asian, and 0.08 percent from other races; 0.64 percent were descended from two or more races. 0.51 percent of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 9,706 households out of which 29.0 percent have children under the age of 18 living with them. 55.0 percent were married couples living together, 11.7 percent were single mothers, 29.4 percent were non-families, 27.0 percent of all households and 12.1 percent lived in people aged 65 years or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.91.

Based on the county the population was spread from 22.8 percent population under 18 years, 8.0 percent between 18 and 24 years, 27.5 percent between 25 and 44 years, 26.3 percent between 45 and 64 years and 15.4 percent were 65 years old or older. The average age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 94.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.3 men statistically.

The median income for a household was $ 22,972, and the median income for a family was $ 28,525. Males had a median income of $ 27,579, women $ 19,370. The per capita income was $ 13,625. 20.2 percent of families and 23.9 percent of the population lived below the poverty line. Of these, 30.1 percent were children or adolescents under age 18 and 23.3 percent of those 65 years.