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Population
Change fm 2010
Area (sq.mi.)
Land area(sq.mi.)
Altitude (ft.)
Rainfall (in.)
Jan. avg. min.
July avg. max.
Civilian labor
Unemployed
Wages
Per Capita Inc.
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Retail Sales

17,183
3.4
634.1
629.0
238–762
36.61
37.2
94.1
9,879
3.3
$89,422,915
$45,276
$2,972,664,448
$695,030,048

map for Lee County
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Physical Features: Rolling terrain, broken by Yegua and its tributaries; red to black soils, sandy to heavy loams; Somerville Lake.

Economy: Varied manufacturing, agribusiness, lignite coal operations, government/services.

locator map for Lee County

History: Tonkawas; removed in 1855 to the Brazos Reservation. Most Anglo-American settlement occurred after the Texas Revolution. Slaveholding area. Germans, Wends, and other Europeans began arriving in the 1850s. County created from Bastrop, Burleson, Fayette, and Washington counties in 1874 and organized the same year; named for Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

 Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 63.4; Black, 11.3; Hispanic, 23.6; Asian, 0.5; Other, 1.3; Two or more races, 1.8.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 225; deaths, 183; marriages, 85; divorces, 34.

Recreation: Fishing, hunting; lake activities, state park; pioneer village; historic sites.

Minerals: Lignite coal, iron ore, gravel.

Agriculture: Beef cattle, hay, nurseries, poultry, peanuts, goats, horses, aquaculture, corn; some irrigation. Market value $38.6 million. Firewood.

GIDDINGS (5,085) county seat; agriculture, government/services, oil-field services, light manufacturing; hospital; Charcoal Challenge barbecue cookoff in May.

Other towns include: Dime Box (381); Lexington (1,190) utility plant, livestock-marketing center, small businesses, log cabins heritage center, homecoming celebration with rodeo and barbecue cook-off in May; Lincoln (336); Serbin (109) Wendish museum.

Lee County Courthouse in Giddings

The Lee County Courthouse in Giddings. Photo by Ron Billings/Texas Forest Service.