Lee County, VA

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Population

24,428

1.94% decline

Median Age

43.8


Median Household Income

$32,590

3.21% growth

Poverty Rate

26.2%


Number of Employees

7,559

3.96% decline

Median Property Value

$81,700

3.94% growth

About

In 2017, Lee County, VA had a population of 24.4k people with a median age of 43.8 and a median household income of $32,590. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Lee County, VA declined from 24,911 to 24,428, a -1.94% decrease and its median household income grew from $31,577 to $32,590, a 3.21% increase.

The population of Lee County, VA is 92.8% White Alone, 4.38% Black or African American Alone, and 2.01% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Lee County, VA speak a non-English language, and 99.3% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Lee County, VA is $81,700, and the homeownership rate is 71.9%. Most people in Lee County, VA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 29.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Lee County, VA is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Lee County, VA employs 7.56k people. The largest industries in Lee County, VA are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,280 people), Retail Trade (1,093 people), and Manufacturing (904 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($70,096), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($60,833), and Public Administration ($45,104).

Median household income in Lee County, VA is $32,590. Males in Lee County, VA have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $55,180. The income inequality in Lee County, VA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.478, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$32,590

2017 value

± $2,972

3.21%

1 Year Growth

± 11.3%

Households in Lee County, VA have a median annual income of $32,590, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $31,577 in 2016, which represents a 3.21% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$74,183

Average Male Salary

± $1,323

$55,180

Average Female Salary

± $1,030

In 2017, full-time male employees in Virginia made 1.34 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $68,169 ± $3,324

  2. White

    $60,529 ± $977

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $56,661 ± $29,375

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Virginia workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.13 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Lee County, VA is from Virginia.

0.478

2017 Wage GINI

0.477

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Virginia was 0.478 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0649% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Virginia was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Virginia in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Virginia across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 9502

  2. Census Tract 9504

  3. Census Tract 9505

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lee County, VA was Census Tract 9502 with a value of $38,850, followed by Census Tract 9504 and Census Tract 9505, with respective values of $35,851 and $35,728.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Lee County, VA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 45 - 54

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

26.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lee County, VA (5.99k out of 22.9k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 45 - 54, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 35 - 44.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    5,966 ± 474

  2. Black

    28 ± 111

  3. Hispanic

    7 ± 111

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Lee County, VA is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

7.56k

2017 Value

± 571

-3.96%

1 Year decline

± 11.1%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lee County, VA declined at a rate of -3.96%, from 7.87k employees to 7.56k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lee County, VA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (810 people), Sales & Related Occupations (789 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (607 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lee County, VA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Lee County, VA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (810 people), Sales & Related Occupations (789 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (607 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lee County, VA has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (3.96 times higher than expected), Health Technologists & Technicians (1.78 times), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.61 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Lee County, VA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($140,417), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($66,607), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($57,500).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

7.56k

2017 Value

± 571

-3.96%

1 Year decline

± 11.1%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Lee County, VA declined at a rate of -3.96%, from 7.87k employees to 7.56k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lee County, VA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,280 people), Retail Trade (1,093 people), and Manufacturing (904 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lee County, VA, though some of these residents may live in Lee County, VA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Lee County, VA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,280 people), Retail Trade (1,093 people), and Manufacturing (904 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lee County, VA has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (7.71 times higher than expected), Utilities (2.76 times), and Public Administration (1.48 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Lee County, VA, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($70,096), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($60,833), and Public Administration ($45,104).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Virginia to other states, or from other states to Virginia.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $27.5B

  2. $26B

  3. $22.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Virginia product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $27.5B, followed by Motorized vehicles ($26B) and Electronics ($22.4B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Virginia products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$254B

2015 Value

$373B

Projected 2045 Value

46.7% growth

In 2015, total outbound Virginia trade was $254B. This is expected to increase 46.7% to $373B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Virginia trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Virginia to other states, or from other states to Virginia.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $23.4B

  2. $12.9B

  3. $11.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Virginia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Maryland with $23.4B, followed by North Carolina with $12.9B and Pennsylvania and $11.1B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Virginia shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

86.5% of the population of Lee County, VA has health coverage, with 30.3% on employee plans, 23.9% on Medicaid, 18.3% on Medicare, 10.2% on non-group plans, and 3.78% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Lee County, VA was $7,556 in 2014. This is a 3.42% increase from the previous year ($7,306).

Primary care physicians in Lee County, VA see 4124 patients per year on average, which represents a 15.7% increase from the previous year (3564 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 4836 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 967 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Mecklenburg County and Halifax County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (15.6%). Additionally, Petersburg city has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (45.3%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

4,124 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Lee County, VA see an average of 4,124 patients per year. This represents a 15.7% increase from the previous year (3,564 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,556

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,218

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,361

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,677

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Virginia (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.42%, from $7,306 to $7,556.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

13.5%

Uninsured

30.3%

Employer Coverage

23.9%

Medicaid

18.3%

Medicare

10.2%

Non-Group

3.78%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lee County, VA declined by 15% from 15.9% to 13.5%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Lee County, VA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 15.6% prevalence

  2. 15.6% prevalence

  3. 15.4% prevalence

Mecklenburg County and Halifax County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Virginia, at 15.6%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Virginia by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Lee County, VA is home to a population of 24.4k people, from which 99.3% are citizens. As of 2017, 1.07% of Lee County, VA residents were born outside of the country (262 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Lee County, VA is composed of 22.7k White Alone residents (92.8%), 1.07k Black or African American Alone residents (4.38%), 492 Hispanic or Latino residents (2.01%), 78 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.319%), 61 Two or More Races residents (0.25%), 26 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.106%), 21 Asian Alone residents (0.086%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Lee County, VA are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

44

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

35

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 11.8

In 2017, the median age of all people in Lee County, VA was 43.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 44, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 35. But people in Lee County, VA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Lee County, VA residents was 43.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.07%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

262 people

1.34%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

334 people

As of 2017, 1.07% of Lee County, VA residents (262 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Lee County, VA was 1.34%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. El Salvador

    103,545 ± 7,851 people

  2. India

    82,876 ± 7,033 people

  3. Mexico

    56,021 ± 5,792 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Virginia was El Salvador, the natal country of 103,545 Virginia residents, followed by India with 82,876 and Mexico with 56,021.

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Citizenship

99.3%

2017 Citizenship

99%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.3% of Lee County, VA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Lee County, VA was 99%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    22.7k ± 22

  2. Black or African American Alone

    1.07k ± 206

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    492 ± 210

In 2017, there were 21.2 times more White Alone residents (22.7k people) in Lee County, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.07k Black or African American Alone and 492 Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Lee County, VA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Lee County, VA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Lee County, VA are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    654 ± 145

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    299 ± 134

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    178 ± 75

Lee County, VA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.19 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Lee County, VA was $81,700 in 2017, which is 0.375 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $78,600 to $81,700, a 3.94% increase. The homeownership rate in Lee County, VA is 71.9%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Lee County, VA have an average commute time of 29.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Lee County, VA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$32,590

Median Household Income

± $2,972

9.28k

Number of Households

± 593

In 2017, the median household income of the 9.28k households in Lee County, VA grew to $32,590 from the previous year's value of $31,577.

The following chart displays the households in Lee County, VA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$81,700

2017 Median

± $7,247

$78,600

2016 Median

± $3,905

In 2017, the median property value in Lee County, VA grew to to $81,700 from the previous year's value of $78,600.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Lee County, VA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Lee County, VA the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Lee County, VA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Lee County, VA the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

71.9%

2017 Homeownership

71.7%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 71.9% of the housing units in Lee County, VA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 71.7%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Lee County, VA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Lee County, VA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Lee County, VA have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

29.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lee County, VA have a longer commute time (29.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 4.36% of the workforce in Lee County, VA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    86.6%

  2. Carpooled

    8.64%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.06%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Lee County, VA was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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