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Lee County, South Carolina (SC)


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County population in 2012: 18,654 (28% urban, 72% rural); it was 20,119 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 2,428
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 2,459
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 5,462
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,910 (it was 1,424 in 2000)
% of renters here:

21%
State:

31%

Land area: 410 sq. mi.
Water area: 1.0 sq. mi.
Population density: 46 people per square mile 
 
 (average).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Lee County: 81.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (20.8%), Manufacturing (17.5%), Retail trade (11.1%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 78%
  • Government: 16%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 6%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Lee County, South Carolina:


Median resident age:  38.0 years
South Carolina median age:  37.0 years

Males: 9,950  (52.7%)
Females: 9,270  (47.3%)

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Lee County,SC real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Lee County:

2.0 people
South Carolina:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $30,796 ($26,907 in 1999)
This county:

$30796
South Carolina:

$42442

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $318 (lower quartile is $192, upper quartile is $416)
This county:

$318
State:

$545


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $67,679 (it was $47,600 in 2000)
Lee County:

$67,679
South Carolina:

$137,500
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $38,423 - $113,280

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $183,068
Here:

$183,068
State:

$217,639

Mobile homes: $43,738
Here:

$43,738
State:

$45,713

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $5,693
Here:

$5,693
State:

$45,615
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,162
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $227

Institutionalized population: 1,920

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Lee County, SC map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $427 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $312 (0.5%)


Lee County household income distribution in 2009 Lee County home values distribution


Lee County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 29.2%
(13.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 39.7% for Black residents, 1.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for other race residents, 30.7% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 38 years old
(Males: 36 years old, Females: 42 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 47 years old, Black residents: 34 years old, American Indian residents: 43 years old, Asian residents: 40 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 26 years old, Other race residents: 24 years old)

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

21.8%
Whole state:

14.1%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

9.3%
Whole state:

6.5%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Lee County is $403 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $481 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $592 a month.

Cities in this county include: Bishopville, Lynchburg, Ashwood, St. Charles, Stokes Bridge-Cypress.

Lee County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Lee County: Stokes Bridge (A), Tolson Farms (B), Ashwood Raceway (C), Lee County Rural Fire Department Ashwood (D), Lee County Rural Fire Department Lynchburg (E), Lee County Rural Fire Department Station 4 (F), Lee County Rural Fire District Una Alcott (G), Lee County Rural Fire Department Cedar Creek (H), Lee County Rural Fire Department Black River (I), Lee County Rural Fire Department Red Hill (J), Lee County Rural Fire Department Turkey Creek (K). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Lee County include: Saint James Church (A), Saint Phillips Church (B), Salem Church (C), Pine Grove Church (D), New Zion Church (E), New Hope Church (F), New Haven Church (G), Mount Pleasant Church (H), Bethel Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Scotts Cemetery (1), Saint Lukes Cemetery (2), Liberty Hill Cemetery (3), Lockard Cemetery (4), Grantham Cemetery (5), Bethany Cemetery (6), Sand Hill Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Shiver Millpond (A), McLeods Pond (B), Ashwood Lake (C), Bell Pond (D), Smith Pond (E), McGrits Millpond (F), Mattie Js Pond (G), Johnsons Pond (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Black Creek (A), Gum Springs Branch (B), Mill Branch (C), Stony Run Branch (D), Timber Creek (E), Turkey Creek (F), Little Long Branch (G), Laws Branch (H), Lawry Branch (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Lee County: Lee State Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Darlington County , Florence County , Kershaw County , Sumter County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 465
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 61.4%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 9.2%

Number of foreign born residents: 418 (6% naturalized citizens)

Lee County:

2.1%
Whole state:

2.9%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 29.7 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 42.7%

Lee County marital status for males
Lee County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Lee County with a mortgage: 1,614 (121 second mortgage, 133 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,548

Here:

51.0% with mortgage
State:

66.8% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 36.40%
Here36.4%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 7,324
Total congregations: 44

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameUnited Methodist ChurchSouthern Baptist ConventionPresbyterian Church (USA)Church of God (Anderson, Indiana)Other
Adherents3,323 (45.4%)2,555 (34.9%)494 (6.7%)210 (2.9%)742 (10.1%)
Congregations20 (45.5%)11 (25.0%)6 (13.6%)2 (4.5%)5 (11.4%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Lee County - Bishopville, Lynchburg, Ashwood, St. Charles, Stokes Bridge-Cypress

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 3
This county:

1.50 / 10,000 pop.
South Carolina:

1.99 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Lee County:

0.50 / 10,000 pop.
South Carolina:

0.85 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 11
This county:

5.50 / 10,000 pop.
South Carolina:

5.38 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 8
Lee County:

4.00 / 10,000 pop.
South Carolina:

7.75 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

14.6%
South Carolina:

10.6%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

36.7%
South Carolina:

29.4%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Lee County:

10.6%
State:

13.4%


Agriculture in Lee County:

Average size of farms: 378 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $103,934
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $163.41
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.87%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 69.08%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $94,101
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 52.01%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 1.67%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $92,994
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 87.35%
Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 2.66
Corn for grain: 14442 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 14342 harvested acres
Upland cotton: 18065 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 22200 harvested acres
Vegetables: 76 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 25 acres

Tornado activity:

Lee County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is slightly below South Carolina state average. It is 1.4 times above overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 9 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 10/1/1966, a category 2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado injured 8 people and caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Lee County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below South Carolina state average. It is 90% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 11/22/1974 at 05:25:55, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 89.2 miles away from the county center
On 8/21/1992 at 16:31:55, a magnitude 4.4 (4.1 MB, 4.1 LG, 4.4 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 79.0 miles away from the county center
On 4/13/1998 at 09:56:11, a magnitude 3.9 (3.5 MB, 3.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 31.5 miles away from the county center
On 9/25/2006 at 05:44:25, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 MB, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 44.7 miles away from Lee County center
On 4/17/1995 at 13:45:57, a magnitude 3.9 (3.9 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 86.4 miles away from the county center
On 9/22/2006 at 11:22:00, a magnitude 3.4 (3.4 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 46.5 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Lee County (8) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 6
Emergencies Declared: 2

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (11%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (8%)
  • Textile mills and textile products (7%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (5%)
  • Repair and maintenance (5%)
  • Educational services (5%)
  • Health care (12%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Textile mills and textile products (9%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Social assistance (5%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (11%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (8%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (6%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (4%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (9%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (8%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)
  • Cashiers (5%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (4%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):




Most common first ancestries reported in Lee County (%):





Lee County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 5,215 (71%)
  • Carpooled: 1,559 (21%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 151 (2%)
  • Taxi: 16 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 9 (0%)
  • Walked: 172 (2%)
  • Other means: 86 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 102 (1%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Lee County, South Carolina in 2000:

People in group quarters in Lee County, South Carolina in 2010:


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $30,345.

6.06% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($26,397 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.06%
South Carolina average:

8.00%


0.16% of residents moved from foreign countries ($107 average AGI)
Lee County:

0.16%
South Carolina average:

0.15%

4.51% relocated from other counties in South Carolina ($19,726 average AGI)
1.39% relocated from other states ($6,564 average AGI)
Lee County:

1.39%
South Carolina average:

4.33%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Sumter County, SC  1.66% ($26,238 average AGI)
from Darlington County, SC  0.68% ($27,767)
from Kershaw County, SC  0.59% ($27,811)
from Richland County, SC  0.43% ($27,074)
from Florence County, SC  0.35% ($22,909)
from Clarendon County, SC  0.16% ($17,100)


6.70% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($25,054 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.70%
South Carolina average:

6.88%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
5.16% relocated to other counties in South Carolina ($20,087 average AGI)
1.54% relocated to other states ($4,969 average AGI)
Lee County:

1.54%
South Carolina average:

3.21%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Sumter County, SC  1.60% ($23,118 average AGI)
to Kershaw County, SC  0.93% ($29,678)
to Darlington County, SC  0.60% ($24,105)
to Florence County, SC  0.60% ($23,842)
to Richland County, SC  0.47% ($25,033)
to Lexington County, SC  0.17% ($37,909)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.7
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.9

Births per 1000 population in Lee County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 9.7
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.7

Deaths per 1000 population in Lee County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 18.6
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 14.4

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Lee County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 2,841 (2,198 aged, 643 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 21%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 17%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1361.570
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1177.440

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 9.8
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 53.3

EPA green book nonattainment status in 2004-2006: 1
Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1

Household type by relationship:

Households: 17,245

Size of family households: 1,908 2-persons, 1,094 3-persons, 828 4-persons, 408 5-persons, 169 6-persons, 160 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,993 1-person, 212 2-persons, 19 3-persons, 5 4-persons, 1 5-persons.

94.6% of residents of Lee County speak English at home.
3.8% of residents speak Spanish at home (38% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 15% speak English not well, 30% don't speak English at all).
1.1% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (77% speak English very well, 18% speak English well, 6% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (60% speak English well, 40% speak English not well).
0.5% of residents speak other language at home (57% speak English very well, 31% speak English well, 12% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $123,243,000 ($6012 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $1,990,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $44,023,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $25,123,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $6,961,000
Federal grants: $44,640,000
Federal procurement contracts: $484,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $2,012,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $751,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $1,242,000
Federal Government insurance: $13,267,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 1,434
Here:

69 per 1000 residents
State:

69 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,137
Here:

55 per 1000 residents
State:

46 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +292
Here:

+14 per 1000 residents
State:

+9 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -41
Here -2 per 1000 residents
State +27 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Lee County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.58 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.7
State:

5.9

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.6
State:

4.3

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Lee County, South Carolina
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 7
  • 2 rooms: 50
  • 3 rooms: 252
  • 4 rooms: 583
  • 5 rooms: 1,592
  • 6 rooms: 1,302
  • 7 rooms: 958
  • 8 rooms: 470
  • 9+ rooms: 248
  • 1 room: 22
  • 2 rooms: 61
  • 3 rooms: 233
  • 4 rooms: 351
  • 5 rooms: 432
  • 6 rooms: 183
  • 7 rooms: 55
  • 8 rooms: 66
  • 9+ rooms: 21
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Lee County, South Carolina
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 59
  • 1 bedroom: 98
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,105
  • 3 bedrooms: 3,261
  • 4 bedrooms: 830
  • 5+ bedrooms: 109
  • no bedroom: 46
  • 1 bedroom: 267
  • 2 bedrooms: 540
  • 3 bedrooms: 477
  • 4 bedrooms: 73
  • 5+ bedrooms: 21
Cars and other vehicles available in Lee County, South Carolina in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 627
  • 1 vehicle: 1,854
  • 2 vehicles: 1,837
  • 3 vehicles: 802
  • 4 vehicles: 303
  • 5+ vehicles: 39
  • no vehicle: 533
  • 1 vehicle: 567
  • 2 vehicles: 269
  • 3 vehicles: 33
  • 4 vehicles: 6
  • 5+ vehicles: 16

69% of Lee County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 49% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 70% lived in South Carolina.

Lee County:

68.9%
State average:

56.8%


Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $22,700


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 2%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Lee County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (56.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (19.5%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (11.7%)
  • Utility gas (9.2%)
  • Wood (2.4%)
  • No fuel used (0.6%)
  • Electricity (59.1%)
  • Utility gas (13.7%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (13.5%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (10.2%)
  • Wood (2.4%)
  • No fuel used (1.1%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 294
Here:

12.0%
South Carolina:

9.2%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 317
Here:

21.5%
South Carolina:

8.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 80
Here:

19.5%
South Carolina:

20.3%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue

Lee County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Lee County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Lee County government finances - Debt in 2002:


Lee County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Lee County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Lee County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Lee County, SC among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James15269.0 years
Mary14277.2 years
John10771.5 years
Robert10669.8 years
Willie9869.6 years
William9572.3 years
Henry6871.8 years
George6075.0 years
Annie5678.8 years
Rosa4679.1 years
Most common last names in Lee County, SC among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Wilson9070.9 years
Brown8275.6 years
Davis7673.3 years
Smith6472.8 years
Johnson6375.9 years
Thomas5473.2 years
Bradley4570.3 years
Williams4466.6 years
Scarborough4373.3 years
Stuckey4074.3 years
Businesses in Lee County, SC
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1McDonald's1
CVS1Pizza Hut1
Dairy Queen1RadioShack1
Econo Lodge1Subway1
FedEx1U-Haul2
H&R Block1UPS1
Hardee's1Waffle House1
KFC1Wendy's1
Lane Furniture1

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