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Lee County, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Lee County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the U.S. highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Seat Beattyville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

211 sq mi (546 km²)
210 sq mi (544 km²)
1 sq mi (3 km²), 0.64%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

7,916
38/sq mi (15/km²)
Founded 1870
Named for Robert E. Lee (1807–1870), Confederate general or Lee County, Virginia.
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Lee County Kentucky Courthouse.jpg
Lee County courthouse in Beattyville, Kentucky
Website www.beattyville.org

Lee County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of 2000, the population was 7,916. Its county seat is Beattyville[1]. It is a prohibition or dry county.

Contents

History

Lee County was formed in 1870. Many sources say it was named for General Robert E. Lee, which is certainly possible given that it was formed near the time of Lee's death. On the other hand, this area of Kentucky was strongly pro-Union during the Civil War. Other sources say the County was named for Lee County, Virginia, or for Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee.

Directions to Lee County, KY

  • From Interstate 64, Exit at the Mountain Parkway. Follow the Mountain Parkway, a modern 4-lane superhighway to Exit 33 (Slade/Beattyville). Continue on Kentucky Highway 11 into Lee County.
  • From Mountain Parkway westbound, exit at Beattyville exit 43 and follow signs onto Kentucky Highway 11.
  • From Interstate 75, Exit at either 90(northbound) or 90A(southbound) Richmond/Irvine. Follow US 25/US 421 (Dr. Robert Martin Bypass) to the intersection of Kentucky Highway 52. Follow KY 52 into Lee County.
  • From the South, Follow Kentucky Highway 11 northbound.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 211 square miles (546 km2), of which 210 square miles (544 km2) is land and 1 square mile (3 km2) is water.

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Eastern Kentucky Coal Fields

Lee County lies within the Eastern Kentucky Coal Fields region. The very rugged terrain greatly defines the area. Roughly half of the county lies within the Daniel Boone National Forest. Timber and coal remain economically significant. Harmful effects from strip mining and clear cut logging are still being corrected. The proliferation of kudzu has proved difficult to address. However, with the growing environmental movement and the developing tourism industry more action is being taken.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1880 4,254
1890 6,205 45.9%
1900 7,988 28.7%
1910 9,531 19.3%
1920 11,918 25.0%
1930 9,729 −18.4%
1940 10,860 11.6%
1950 8,739 −19.5%
1960 7,420 −15.1%
1970 6,587 −11.2%
1980 7,754 17.7%
1990 7,422 −4.3%
2000 7,916 6.7%
Est. 2008 7,414 −6.3%
http://ukcc.uky.edu/~census/21129.txt

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 7,916 people, 2,985 households, and 2,122 families residing in the county. The population density was 38 per square mile (15 /km2). There were 3,321 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6.2 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 95.10% White, 3.79% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.06% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. 0.37% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,985 households out of which 32.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.80% were married couples living together, 12.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.90% were non-families. 26.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the county the population was spread out with 22.70% under the age of 18, 9.00% from 18 to 24, 30.30% from 25 to 44, 23.60% from 45 to 64, and 14.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 109.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 111.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $18,544, and the median income for a family was $24,918. Males had a median income of $25,930 versus $19,038 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,325. About 25.20% of families and 30.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 41.00% of those under age 18 and 22.90% of those age 65 or over.

Localities

City

Other places

  • Airedale
  • Athol
  • Belle Point
  • Canyon Falls
  • Congleton
  • Cressmont
  • Delvinta
  • Earnestville
  • Enoch
  • Evelyn
  • Fillmore
  • Fincastle
  • Fixer
  • Greeley
  • Heidelberg
  • Idamay
  • Leeco
  • Lower Buffalo
  • Maloney
  • Monica
  • Mount Olive
  • Old Landing

Films

  • Bluegrass, Blackmarket (1994). Directed by Hans Luxemberger. Produced by Headwaters. Whitesburg, Kentucky: Appalshop.

See also

Larry Kelley (Kentucky politician)

References

External links

Coordinates: 37°35′N 83°43′W / 37.59°N 83.72°W / 37.59; -83.72


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Lee County, Kentucky
Map
File:Map of Kentucky highlighting Lee County.png
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the USA highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1870
Seat Beattyville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 0.64%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

7916
Time zone Eastern : UTC-5/-4
Website: www.beattyville.org
Named for: Robert E. Lee (1807–1870), Confederate general or Lee County.

Lee County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of 2000, the population is 17,916. Its county seat is Beattyville6. It is a prohibition or dry county.

Contents

History

Lee County was formed in 1870. Many sources say it was named for General Robert E. Lee, which is certainly possible given that it was formed near the time of Lee's death. On the other hand, this area of Kentucky was strongly pro-Union during the Civil War. Other sources say the County was named for Lee County, or for Lighthorse Harry Lee.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 547 km² (211 sq mi). 544 km² (210 sq mi) of it is land and 4 km² (1 sq mi) of it (0.64%) is water.

Eastern Kentucky Coal Fields

Lee County lies within the Eastern Kentucky Coal Fields region. The very rugged terrain greatly defines the area. Roughly half of the county lies within the Daniel Boone National forest. Timber and coal remain economically significant. Harmful effects from strip mining and clear cut logging are still being corrected. The proliferation of kudzu has proved difficult to address. However, with the growing environmental movement and the developing tourism industry more action is being taken.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 7,916 people, 2,985 households, and 2,122 families residing in the county. The population density was 15/km² (38/sq mi). There were 3,321 housing units at an average density of 6/km² (16/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 95.10% White, 3.79% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.06% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. 0.37% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,985 households out of which 32.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.80% were married couples living together, 12.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.90% were non-families. 26.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the county the population was spread out with 22.70% under the age of 18, 9.00% from 18 to 24, 30.30% from 25 to 44, 23.60% from 45 to 64, and 14.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 109.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 111.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $18,544, and the median income for a family was $24,918. Males had a median income of $25,930 versus $19,038 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,325. About 25.20% of families and 30.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 41.00% of those under age 18 and 22.90% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns

Lee County Seat:

Beattyville

Unincorporated Communities:

Airedale, Athol, Belle Point, Canyon Falls, Congleton, Cressmont, Delvinta, Earnestville, Enoch, Evelyn, Fillmore, Fincastle, Fixer, Greeley, Heidelberg, Idamay, Leeco, Lower Buffalo, Maloney, Monica, Mt Olive, Old Landing, Primrose, Proctor, St Helens, Standing Rock, Tallega, White Ash, Williba, Willow, Yellow Rock, Zacharia, Zoe.

Films

  • Bluegrass, Blackmarket (1994). Directed by Hans Luxemberger. Produced by Headwaters. Whitesburg, Kentucky: Appalshop.

See also

External links

Coordinates: 37°35′N 83°43′W / 37.59, -83.72

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