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Lee County, Virginia (VA)


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County population in 2012: 25,474 (0% urban, 100% rural); it was 23,589 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 3,390
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 4,005
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 7,217
Renter-occupied apartments: 2,764 (it was 2,489 in 2000)
% of renters here:

26%
State:

33%

Land area: 437 sq. mi.
Water area: 0.2 sq. mi.
Population density: 58 people per square mile 
 
 (average).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Lee County: 86.4 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (28.6%), Retail trade (13.1%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 73%
  • Government: 21%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 6%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Lee County, Virginia:


Median resident age:  41.0 years
Virginia median age:  37.0 years

Males: 13,352  (44.7%)
Females: 12,235  (55.3%)

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Lee County,VA real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Lee County:

2.0 people
Virginia:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $29,199 ($22,972 in 1999)
This county:

$29199
Virginia:

$59330

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $381 (lower quartile is $246, upper quartile is $479)
This county:

$381
State:

$832


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $74,932 (it was $53,400 in 2000)
Lee County:

$74,932
Virginia:

$252,600
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $42,648 - $108,693

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $154,363
Here:

$154,363
State:

$330,816

Townhouses or other attached units: $107,113
Here:

$107,113
State:

$310,878

In 2-unit structures: $187,464
Here:

$187,464
State:

$285,516

Mobile homes: $101,917
Here:

$101,917
State:

$37,843

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $7,492
Here:

$7,492
State:

$92,978
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,150
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $189

Institutionalized population: 1,670

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


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Single-family new house construction building permits:

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $416 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $363 (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: 22.7%
(22.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 91.4% for Black residents, 13.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 0.0% for other race residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 41 years old
(Males: 39 years old, Females: 43 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 42 years old, Black residents: 33 years old, American Indian residents: 32 years old, Asian residents: 43 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 32 years old, Other race residents: 30 years old)

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

23.9%
Whole state:

9.6%

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

9.5%
Whole state:

4.3%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Lee County is $378 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $483 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $621 a month.

Cities in this county include: Pennington Gap, Dryden, Jonesville, Rose Hill, Ewing, Keokee, St. Charles.

Lee County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Lee County: Cave Springs Campground (A), Gibson Station (B), Dot (C), Crest (D), Thompson Mill (E), Lake Keokee Recreation Site (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Lee County include: Pond View Church (A), Alvis Chapel (B), Belcher Chapel (C), Ball Chapel (D), Beech Grove Church (E), Bethel Church (F), Roller Chapel (G), Big Door Church (H), Rosedale Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Olinger Cemetery (1), Stanley Cemetery (2), Parsons Cemetery (3), Pennington Cemetery (4), Peters Cemetery (5), Peterson Cemetery (6), Surgener Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Slemp Pond (A), Gibson Pond (B), Lake Keokee (C), Middleton Lake (D), Keokee Lake (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Trading Creek (A), Town Branch (B), Sugar Run (C), Station Creek (D), Speaks Branch (E), Yellow Creek (F), Bee Branch (G), Shafer Creek (H), Robertson Branch (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Lee County include: Jonesville Park (1), Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (2), Leeman Field (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Bell County, Kentucky , Claiborne County, Tennessee , Hancock County, Tennessee , Harlan County, Kentucky , Scott County , Wise County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 833
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 60.6%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 9.5%

Number of foreign born residents: 108 (47% naturalized citizens)

Lee County:

0.5%
Whole state:

8.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 29.5 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 62.0%

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

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Lee County with a mortgage: 1,791 (101 second mortgage, 90 home equity loan, 8 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 2,465

Here:

42.1% with mortgage
State:

75.1% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 66.95%
Here67.0%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 15,794
Total congregations: 106

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist Church East District Association of Primitive BaptistChristian Churches and Churches of ChristChurch of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)
Adherents10,328 (65.4%)2,274 (14.4%)916 (5.8%)614 (3.9%)566 (3.6%)
Congregations43 (40.6%)24 (22.6%)10 (9.4%)6 (5.7%)5 (4.7%)
NameNational Association of Free Will BaptistsLDS (Mormon) ChurchCatholic ChurchChurch of God of ProphecyOther
Adherents404 (2.6%)242 (1.5%)155 (1.0%)147 (0.9%)148 (0.9%)
Congregations4 (3.8%)1 (0.9%)2 (1.9%)3 (2.8%)8 (7.5%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Lee County - Pennington Gap, Dryden, Jonesville, Rose Hill, Ewing

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 6
This county:

2.56 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

2.03 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 4
Lee County:

1.71 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

1.43 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 25
This county:

10.68 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

4.03 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 9
Lee County:

3.85 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

7.65 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

10.7%
Virginia:

9.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

30.7%
Virginia:

26.7%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Lee County:

17.0%
State:

18.6%


Agriculture in Lee County:

Average size of farms: 116 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $10,986
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $218.74
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 1.69%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 55.04%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $9,791
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 19.45%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 5.01%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $33,109
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 93.20%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 22.54
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.61%
Corn for grain: 435 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 20 harvested acres
Vegetables: 54 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 65 acres

Tornado activity:

Lee County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Virginia state average. It is 7.1 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

Lee County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Virginia state average. It is 59% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 80.8 miles away from the county center
On 11/23/2006 at 10:42:57, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG) earthquake occurred 68.5 miles away from the county center
On 11/2/2006 at 17:53:02, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 72.5 miles away from the county center
On 8/17/1990 at 21:01:17, a magnitude 4.0 (3.5 LG, 4.0 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 14.0 miles away from Lee County center
On 10/26/1995 at 00:37:28, a magnitude 4.0 (3.9 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 21.9 miles away from the county center
On 4/19/1996 at 08:50:14, a magnitude 3.9 (3.9 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 17.4 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Lee County (13) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 7, Storms: 5, Winter Storms: 3, Heavy Rain: 1, Mudslide: 1, Snowfall: 1, Storm: 1, Tornado: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snowstorm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (17%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (10%)
  • Educational services (6%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (5%)
  • Truck transportation (5%)
  • Health care (4%)
  • Health care (22%)
  • Educational services (16%)
  • Food and beverage stores (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Miscellaneous manufacturing (5%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (9%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (5%)
  • Extraction workers (5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (4%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5%)
  • Registered nurses (5%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (5%)
  • Cashiers (5%)

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: 6,618 (81%)
  • Carpooled: 1,122 (14%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 27 (0%)
  • Walked: 103 (1%)
  • Other means: 72 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 237 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Lee County, Virginia in 2000:

People in group quarters in Lee County, Virginia in 2010:


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $35,413.

4.77% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($26,791 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.77%
Virginia average:

11.06%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
1.25% relocated from other counties in Virginia ($7,745 average AGI)
3.52% relocated from other states ($19,047 average AGI)
Lee County:

3.52%
Virginia average:

4.24%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Wise County, VA  0.65% ($26,750 average AGI)
from Claiborne County, TN  0.27% ($25,889)
from Sullivan County, TN  0.25% ($24,353)
from Harlan County, KY  0.15% ($29,100)
from Scott County, VA  0.15% ($30,100)


4.15% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($27,881 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.15%
Virginia average:

10.78%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
1.24% relocated to other counties in Virginia ($7,155 average AGI)
2.90% relocated to other states ($20,726 average AGI)
Lee County:

2.90%
Virginia average:

4.13%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Wise County, VA  0.49% ($25,545 average AGI)
to Claiborne County, TN  0.42% ($33,607)
to Scott County, VA  0.34% ($22,261)
to Sullivan County, TN  0.24% ($33,063)
to Bell County, KY  0.19% ($15,000)
to Hawkins County, TN  0.15% ($27,900)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.2
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.3

Births per 1000 population in Lee County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.3
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.3

Deaths per 1000 population in Lee County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 9.3
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.6

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Lee County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 5,294 (3,459 aged, 1,835 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 18%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 12%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 4.19
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 11364.59
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 218.070
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 64203.64

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1068.140
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1300.350
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 8.44

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 16.8
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 29.55

Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 217.0. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

 

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 123.1
  • Other - 93.8

Household type by relationship:

Households: 23,881

Size of family households: 3,288 2-persons, 1,694 3-persons, 1,182 4-persons, 437 5-persons, 134 6-persons, 98 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 2,961 1-person, 321 2-persons, 29 3-persons, 12 4-persons, 2 5-persons, 1 6-persons.

97.7% of residents of Lee County speak English at home.
1.1% of residents speak Spanish at home (80% speak English very well, 5% speak English well, 16% speak English not well).
1.0% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (78% speak English very well, 7% speak English well, 15% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (54% speak English very well, 21% speak English well, 25% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $403,744,000 ($16931 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $2,096,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $80,880,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $43,555,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $624,000
Federal grants: $55,200,000
Federal procurement contracts: $200,541,000 ($505,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $22,945,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $1,977,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $1,045,000
Federal Government insurance: $9,334,000

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

Births: 1,293
Here:

55 per 1000 residents
State:

70 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,606
Here:

68 per 1000 residents
State:

40 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +15
Here:

+1 per 1000 residents
State:

+18 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +433
Here:

+18 per 1000 residents
State:

+14 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Lee County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.59 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.6
State:

6.6

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.8
State:

4.3

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Lee County, Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 2
  • 2 rooms: 39
  • 3 rooms: 83
  • 4 rooms: 864
  • 5 rooms: 2,374
  • 6 rooms: 1,773
  • 7 rooms: 1,099
  • 8 rooms: 504
  • 9+ rooms: 479
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 64
  • 3 rooms: 214
  • 4 rooms: 707
  • 5 rooms: 790
  • 6 rooms: 420
  • 7 rooms: 161
  • 8 rooms: 88
  • 9+ rooms: 45
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Lee County, Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 2
  • 1 bedroom: 138
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,816
  • 3 bedrooms: 4,218
  • 4 bedrooms: 836
  • 5+ bedrooms: 207
  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 301
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,183
  • 3 bedrooms: 830
  • 4 bedrooms: 140
  • 5+ bedrooms: 35
Cars and other vehicles available in Lee County, Virginia in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 658
  • 1 vehicle: 2,015
  • 2 vehicles: 2,863
  • 3 vehicles: 1,181
  • 4 vehicles: 369
  • 5+ vehicles: 131
  • no vehicle: 522
  • 1 vehicle: 1,236
  • 2 vehicles: 618
  • 3 vehicles: 82
  • 4 vehicles: 31
  • 5+ vehicles: 0

65% of Lee County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 69% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 36% lived in Virginia.

Lee County:

64.9%
State average:

53.8%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $30,400


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 4%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 3%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Lee County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (64.1%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (15.9%)
  • Coal or coke (8.4%)
  • Wood (6.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (3.2%)
  • Other fuel (0.8%)
  • Electricity (61.1%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (18.4%)
  • Wood (10.6%)
  • Coal or coke (8.7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (0.7%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 81
Here:

3.3%
Virginia:

9.5%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 45
Here:

3.7%
Virginia:

8.2%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 137
Here:

18.1%
Virginia:

20.6%

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 Debt

Lee County government finances - Expenditure in 2004:


Lee County government finances - Revenue in 2004:


Lee County government finances - Debt in 2004:


Lee County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2004:


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, VA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James23571.2 years
Mary18076.8 years
John17675.4 years
William17474.3 years
Charles13969.5 years
Robert12972.4 years
George9577.7 years
Roy7271.5 years
Ruby5977.7 years
Earl5368.9 years
Most common last names in Lee County, VA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Ely9576.0 years
Smith9375.1 years
Williams9272.6 years
Johnson8872.7 years
Parsons8774.5 years
Collins8275.7 years
Jones8174.8 years
Robbins7372.1 years
Bailey7076.7 years
Gibson6973.7 years
Businesses in Lee County, VA
NameCountNameCount
GNC1Rite Aid1
H&R Block1Sears1
Hardee's1Subway1
KFC1Taco Bell1
Long John Silver's1True Value1
McDonald's1U-Haul1
Pizza Hut1Walmart1
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