Georgia Lee County Public Schools

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County Profile

Incorporated: June 9, 1825

Population: 24,757

Total Area: 355.8 Square miles

Cities and Towns

• Leesburg (County Seat)

• Smithville

Lee County was one of the original landlot counties acquired from the Creek Indians in 1826. Georgia’s 68th county, it was named for Richard Henry Lee who had proposed in the Continental Congress that the colonies declare themselves free and independent. He was noted for capturing Augusta from the British in 1781, and was the father of Robert E. Lee.

The first county courthouse in Lee County was in Starkville, but fire destroyed it in 1856. The courthouse in Leesburg, the present county seat, was also hit by fire in 1872. Smithville is now the county’s only other incorporated municipality. Starkville lost its charter in 1995 when it was declared an inactive city under a law passed by the General Assembly

Lee County was once the site of Kennard’s Settlement & Cowpens, a major Creek Indian center named for Jack and William Kennard, two Lower Creek chiefs friendly to white settlers.

Lee County boasts opportunities for hunters and fishermen. Hunters can find quail, duck, and deer, with quail being most prevalent. Although public hunting land is limited, hunters can rent land seasonally on south Georgia plantations. Fishing is also popular along the Flint River and Kinchafoonee and Muckalee Creeks, which abound with bass, catfish, and bream.

Chehaw Park, a wild animal park that falls within Lee and Dougherty counties, has camping and picnic facilities as well as wildlife in simulations of their natural environments. Animals include elk, bison, zebra, and elephants.

Leesburg hosts the Southern Heritage Festival during Memorial Day weekend. The festival includes arts and crafts exhibits, food booths, live entertainment, and a talent contest. The Lee County Home and Plantation Tour showcases some of the area’s most beautiful places. In October, Smithfield will host the Smithfield Chicken Pie festival.

Lee County is one of about 3,141 counties and county equivalents in the United States. It has 355.8 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 96.7 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 251.5%. On the 2000 census form, 99.3% of the population reported only one race, with 15.5% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 1.2% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.91 persons compared to an average family size of 3.21 persons.

In 2008 construction was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $33,432. Per capita income grew by 2.1% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).

People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Population (2009) 34,410 Covered Employment 5,465
Growth (%) since 1990 111.8% Average wage per job $28,126
Households (2000) 8,229 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County 3.2%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 17,896 Average wage per job $33,295
Unemployment Rate (2009) 7.0 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 0.6%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $28,746 Average wage per job $42,669
Median Household Income (2008) $59,690 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County 8.0%
Poverty Rate (2008) 10.1 Average wage per job $25,138
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 81.3 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County 2.1%
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 17.0 Average wage per job $32,578

Address: 295 Leslie Hwy, Leesburg, GA 31763
Phone: (229) 903-2200
County: Lee County
Enrollment: 839
Grades: PK-2

2. LEE County
Address: 185 Firetower Rd, Leesburg, GA 31763
Phone: (229) 903-2220
County: Lee County
Enrollment: 750 3-5

3. LEE County
Enrollment: HIGH SCHOOL
Address: 1 Trojan Way, Leesburg, GA 31763
Phone: (229) 903-2260
County: Lee County
Enrollment: 1,345
Grades: 9-12

4. LEE County
Address: 190 Smithville Rd N, Leesburg, GA 31763
Phone: (229) 903-2140
County: Lee County
Enrollment: 1,416
Grades: 6-8

5. LEE County
Address: 282 Magnolia Ave, Leesburg, GA 31763
Phone: (229) 903-2180
County: Lee County
Enrollment: 705
Grades: KG-2

Address: 370 Leslie Hwy, Leesburg, GA 31763
Phone: (229) 903-3590
County: Lee County
Enrollment: 428 9

Address: 185 Firetower Road, Leesburg, GA 31763
Phone: (229) 903-3920
County: Lee County
Enrollment: N/A
Grades: 0

Address: 370 Leslie Hwy, Leesburg, GA 31763
Phone: (229) 903-3590
County: Lee County
Enrollment: 703
Grades: 3-5