Lee County, VA

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2020 Population
23,723
0.94% 1-year decline
US Senator
Mark Warner
Democratic Party
US Senator
Tim Kaine
Democratic Party
2020 Median Age
45.4
1.11% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
27.5%
7.85% 1-year increase
2020 Median Household Income
$35,006
6.44% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$85,500
2.95% 1-year decline
2020 Employed Population
7,564
3.77% 1-year decline

About

In 2020, Lee County, VA had a population of 23.7k people with a median age of 45.4 and a median household income of $35,006. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Lee County, VA declined from 23,948 to 23,723, a −0.94% decrease and its median household income grew from $32,888 to $35,006, a 6.44% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Lee County, VA are White (Non-Hispanic) (93%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (3.69%), White (Hispanic) (0.894%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (0.797%), and Other (Hispanic) (0.476%).

None of the households in Lee County, VA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

99% of the residents in Lee County, VA are U.S. citizens.

In 2020, the median property value in Lee County, VA was $85,500, and the homeownership rate was 69.3%. Most people in Lee County, VA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 30.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Lee County, VA was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

Lee County, VA is home to a population of 23.7k people, from which 99% are citizens. As of 2020, 1.45% of Lee County, VA residents were born outside of the country (343 people).

In 2020, there were 25.2 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (22.1k people) in Lee County, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 876 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 212 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Lee County, VA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    22.1k ± 3
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    876 ± 221
  3. White (Hispanic)
    212 ± 62
2.04%
Hispanic Population
485 people

In 2020, there were 25.2 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (22.1k people) in Lee County, VA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 876 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 212 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2.04% of the people in Lee County, VA are hispanic (485 people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Lee County, VA as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.45%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
343 people
1.32%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
317 people

As of 2020, 1.45% of Lee County, VA residents (343 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Lee County, VA was 1.32%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

46
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.6
36
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 17.2

In 2020, the median age of all people in Lee County, VA was 45.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 46, were generally older than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 36. But people in Lee County, VA are getting getting older. In 2019, the average age of all Lee County, VA residents was 45.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. El Salvador
    109,267 ± 8,063 people
  2. India
    94,596 ± 7,509 people
  3. Mexico
    56,409 ± 5,812 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Virginia was El Salvador, the natal country of 109,267 Virginia residents, followed by India with 94,596 and Mexico with 56,409.

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Citizenship

99%
2020 Citizenship
99.2%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 99% of Lee County, VA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Lee County, VA was 99.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    475 ± 170
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    331 ± 118
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    227 ± 117

Lee County, VA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.44 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Virginia, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Virginia (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Virginia. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Virginia.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Virginia across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

Median household income in Lee County, VA is $35,006. In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Lee County, VA was Census Tract 9502 with a value of $41,367, followed by Census Tract 9501 and Census Tract 9506, with respective values of $40,223 and $37,917.

Males in Virginia have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $60,365. The income inequality in Virginia (measured using the Gini index) is 0.478, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Lee County, VA employs 7.56k people. The largest industries in Lee County, VA are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,630 people), Retail Trade (1,221 people), and Manufacturing (895 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($74,145), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($65,833), and Utilities ($43,250).

Wages

Median Household Income

$35,006
2020 value
± $4,424
6.44%
1 Year Growth
± 14.8%

Households in Lee County, VA have a median annual income of $35,006, which is less than the median annual income of $64,994 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $32,888 in 2019, which represents a 6.44% annual growth.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

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$80,381
Average Male Salary in Virginia
± $1,440
$60,365
Average Female Salary in Virginia
± $1,133

In 2020, full-time male employees in Virginia made 1.33 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the sex-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Virginia by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Virginia
  1. Asian
    $76,850 ± $3,561
  2. White
    $66,712 ± $1,098
  3. Two or More Races
    $54,027 ± $3,581

In 2020 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Virginia workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.15 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Virginia.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Lee County, VA is from Virginia.
0.478
2020 Wage GINI in Virginia
0.479
2019 Wage GINI in Virginia

In 2020, the income inequality in Virginia was 0.478 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.181% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Virginia was lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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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Race/Ethnicity
Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9502
  2. Census Tract 9501
  3. Census Tract 9506

In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lee County, VA was Census Tract 9502 with a value of $41,367, followed by Census Tract 9501 and Census Tract 9506, with respective values of $40,223 and $37,917.

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 Sex

Males 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

27.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lee County, VA (6.09k out of 22.1k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 25 - 34, followed by Females 45 - 54 and then Females 25 - 34.

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
    5,947 ± 587
  2. Two Or More
    81 ± 139
  3. Black
    41 ± 120

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

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
2020 Value
± 696
−3.77%
1 Year decline
± 12.4%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Lee County, VA declined at a rate of −3.77%, from 7.86k employees to 7.56k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lee County, VA, are Sales & Related Occupations (782 people), Production Occupations (733 people), and Healthcare Support Occupations (712 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 Sales & Related Occupations (782 people), Production Occupations (733 people), and Healthcare Support Occupations (712 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Lee County, VA has an unusually high number of residents working as Healthcare Support Occupations (2.87 times higher than expected), Health Technologists & Technicians (1.75 times), and Production Occupations (1.74 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Lee County, VA, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($52,031), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($51,683), and Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations ($46,467).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

7.56k
2020 Value
± 696
−3.77%
1 Year decline
± 12.4%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Lee County, VA declined at a rate of −3.77%, from 7.86k employees to 7.56k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lee County, VA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,630 people), Retail Trade (1,221 people), and Manufacturing (895 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 (1,630 people), Retail Trade (1,221 people), and Manufacturing (895 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 (5.47 times higher than expected), Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (1.94 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1.54 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 ($74,145), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($65,833), and Utilities ($43,250).

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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. $37.3B
  2. $28.7B
  3. $25.6B

In 2020, the top outbound Virginia product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $37.3B, followed by Electronics ($28.7B) and Machinery ($25.6B).

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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$325B
2020 Value in Virginia
$612B
Projected 2050 Value in Virginia
88.1% growth

In 2020, total outbound Virginia trade was $325B. This is expected to increase 88.1% to $612B by 2050.

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. $25B
  2. $18.9B
  3. $13.2B

In 2020, the top outbound Virginia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was North Carolina with $25B, followed by Maryland with $18.9B and Pennsylvania and $13.2B.

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

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Lee County, VA went to Donald J. Trump with 84.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (15%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.784%). The most partisan county was Petersburg County, VA with 87.7% of the vote going to Joseph R Biden Jr. running for the Democratic Party.

Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are the senators currently representing the state of Virginia. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Virginia is currently represented by 11 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Lee County, VA
84.1% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Virginia
  1. 87.7% for Joseph R Biden Jr. (Democratic Party)
  2. 87.2% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 85.5% for Joseph R Biden Jr. (Democratic Party)

In the 2020 presidential election, the most partisan county in Virginia was Petersburg County, VA with 87.7% of the vote going to Joseph R Biden Jr. running for the Democratic Party.

The following map shows the counties in Virginia colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Virginia

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Mark Warner
Senator from Virginia2
Assumed office on January 3, 2009
Tim Kaine
Senator from Virginia1
Assumed office on January 3, 2013

Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are the senators currently representing Virginia.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Virginia over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Virginia

Virginia is currently represented by 11 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Virginia have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Lee County, VA was $85,500 in 2020, which is 0.372 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $88,100 to $85,500, a 2.95% decrease. The homeownership rate in Lee County, VA is 69.3%, which is higher than the national average of 64.4%. People in Lee County, VA have an average commute time of 30.9 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Lee County, VA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$85,500
2020 Median
± $6,602
$88,100
2019 Median
± $6,312

In 2020, the median property value in Lee County, VA declined from to $85,500 from the previous year's value of $88,100.

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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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$35,006
Median Household Income
± $4,424
8.84k
Number of Households
± 725

In 2020, the median household income of the 8.84k households in Lee County, VA grew to $35,006 from the previous year's value of $32,888.

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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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

69.3%
2020 Homeownership
70.8%
2019 Homeownership

In 2020, 69.3% of the housing units in Lee County, VA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 70.8%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 64.4%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Lee County, VA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

30.9 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lee County, VA have a longer commute time (30.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 6.39% of the workforce in Lee County, VA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (83.5%)
  2. Carpooled (10.5%)
  3. Worked At Home (5.27%)

In 2020, 83.5% of workers in Lee County, VA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (10.5%) and those who worked at home (5.27%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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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 false.

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Health

87.6% of the population of Lee County, VA has health coverage, with 26.1% on employee plans, 28.9% on Medicaid, 20.1% on Medicare, 8.92% on non-group plans, and 3.58% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Virginia 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 3924 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.909% decrease from the previous year (3960 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 4685 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 808 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Nottoway County and Bristol city have the highest prevalence of diabetes (22.5%). Additionally, King and Queen County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (48.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

3,924 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Lee County, VA

Primary care physicians in Lee County, VA see an average of 3,924 patients per year. This represents a 0.909% decrease from the previous year (3,960 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Lee County, VA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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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%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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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%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,556
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Virginia
$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

12.4%
Uninsured
26.1%
Employer Coverage
28.9%
Medicaid
20.1%
Medicare
8.92%
Non-Group
3.58%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lee County, VA grew by 1.46% from 12.2% to 12.4%.

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. 22.5% prevalence
  2. 22.5% prevalence
  3. 20.3% prevalence

Nottoway County and Bristol city have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Virginia, at 22.5%.

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

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