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Lee County, Texas

Lee County, Texas
The Lee County Courthouse in Giddings, built in 1899, is designed in the Richardsonian Romanesque style of architecture. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
Seal of Lee County, Texas
Map of Texas highlighting Lee County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Founded 1874
Named for Robert E. Lee
Seat Giddings
Largest city Giddings
 • Total 634 sq mi (1,642 km2)
 • Land 629 sq mi (1,629 km2)
 • Water 5.1 sq mi (13 km2), 0.8%
 • (2010) 16,612
 • Density 26/sq mi (10/km²)
Congressional districts 10th, 17th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website .us.tx.lee.cowww

Lee County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 16,612.[1] Its county seat is Giddings.[2] The county is named for Robert E. Lee, the commander of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia.[3]


  • Geography 1
    • Major highways 1.1
    • Adjacent counties 1.2
  • Demographics 2
  • Government and infrastructure 3
  • Economy 4
  • Communities 5
    • City 5.1
    • Town 5.2
    • Unincorporated communities 5.3
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 634 square miles (1,640 km2), of which 629 square miles (1,630 km2) is land and 5.1 square miles (13 km2) (0.8%) is water.[4]

Major highways

Adjacent counties


As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 15,657 people, 5,663 households, and 4,150 families residing in the county. The population density was 25 people per square mile (10/km²). There were 6,851 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 76.59% White, 12.08% Black or African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 8.87% from other races, and 1.72% from two or more races. 18.19% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 35.5% were of German and 8.3% American ancestry according to Census 2000. 80.1% spoke English, 14.4% Spanish and 5.1% German as their first language.

There were 5,663 households out of which 35.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.00% were married couples living together, 8.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.70% were non-families. 23.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the county, the population was spread out with 28.80% under the age of 18, 9.20% from 18 to 24, 26.30% from 25 to 44, 21.40% from 45 to 64, and 14.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 101.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,280, and the median income for a family was $42,073. Males had a median income of $30,635 versus $21,611 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,163. About 9.70% of families and 11.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.70% of those under age 18 and 16.10% of those age 65 or over.

As of the 2010 census, Lee County has a similar ethnic makeup relative to the overall United States.[9]

Government and infrastructure

The Texas Youth Commission operates the Giddings State School in unincorporated Lee County, near Giddings.[10]


As of 2004 the Giddings State School, a Texas Youth Commission facility, was Lee County's largest employer.[11]




Unincorporated communities

See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 184. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved May 3, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 3, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Texas Almanac: Population History of Counties from 1850–2010" (PDF). Texas Almanac. Retrieved May 3, 2015. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  9. ^ Patterson, Thom. "Welcome to Little America: Lee County, Texas." CNN. July 15, 2011. Retrieved on July 15, 2011.
  10. ^ "Giddings State School." Texas Youth Commission. Retrieved on August 21, 2010.
  11. ^ "Disruption at the Giddings State School." Texas Youth Commission. October 5, 2004. Retrieved on January 20, 2011.

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