|Lee County, Virginia|
Location in the state of Virginia
Virginia's location in the U.S.
The county was formed in 1793 from Russell County. It was named for Light Horse Harry Lee, the Governor of Virginia from 1791 to 1794, who was known as "Light Horse Harry" for his exploits as a leader of light troops in the American Revolutionary War. He was the father of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
In recent years, using the slogan Where Virginia Begins, it has attempted to increase its tourism industry by emphasing its role in the route used by settlers going west through the Cumberland Gap, at Lee County's western tip.
Lee County shares Cumberland Gap National Historic Park with Kentucky and Tennessee. Some of the attractions listed in the park include Hensley's Settlement, the Pinnacle Overlook, the Sand Cave, and the White Rocks overlooking the towns of Ewing and Rose Hill.
The county is divided into five districts: Jonesville, Rocky Station, Rose Hill, White Shoals, and Yokum Station.
- Harlan County - north
- Wise County - northeast
- Scott County - east
- Hancock County - south
- Claiborne County - south-southwest
- Bell County - west
As of the census² of 2000, there were 23,589 people, 9,706 households, and 6,852 families residing in the county. The population density was 21/km² (54/mi²). There were 11,086 housing units at an average density of 10/km² (25/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.44% White, 0.44% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.08% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. 0.51% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 9,706 households out of which 29.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.00% were married couples living together, 11.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.40% were non-families. 27.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.10% 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 22.80% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 26.30% from 45 to 64, and 15.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 94.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.30 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $22,972, and the median income for a family was $28,525. Males had a median income of $27,579 versus $19,370 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,625. About 20.20% of families and 23.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.10% of those under age 18 and 23.30% of those age 65 or over.
See also: List of Virginia counties
Schools in Lee County Virginia
Public High Schools
Thomas Walker High School, Ewing
Public Middle Schools
Pennington Middle School, Pennington Gap
Jonesville Middle School, Jonesville
Public Elementary Schools
Dryden Elementary School, Dryden
Keokee Elementary School, Keokee
Elk Knob Elementary School, Woodway
Elydale Elementary School, Elydale
Ewing Elementary School, Ewing
Flatwoods Elementary School, Jonesville
St. Charles Elementary School, St. Charles
Stickleyville Elementary School, Stickleyville
Rose Hill Elementary School, Rose Hill
Lee County Vo/Career Tech, Ben Hur
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