holds a strategic position for future growth and prosperity. Situated in the center of NC, Lee County is the southern
point of the world-renowned Research
The capital city of Raleigh
lies 40 miles away. Business
transportation needs are met easily through North Carolina’s vast
system of 4-lane highways and Interstates, as well as by rail lines.
The major business hubs of Atlanta
D.C. are approximately 300 miles distant.
Lee County promises easy access to the East Coast and
worldwide markets, with businesses using the seaports of Wilmington
Regional Airport and the Raleigh
Durham International Airport provide excellent air transport.
Though in close proximity to one of North
Carolina’s fastest growing regions, Lee
County retains its serene, rural character.
Reporting a population of just over 49,000 in the 2000
Census, over half the residents live in the county seat of Sanford,
population 23,200. Lee
County covers an area of 259 square miles.
The only other town in the county at this time is Broadway,
population 1,015, often referred to as “Mayberry Incarnate”.
The rest of Lee County residents enjoy tranquil country
living on small farms.
Lee County offers its populace an excellent
quality of life. Children
receive a solid start in the Lee County school
system. The high
school receives Awards of Excellence, and has been voted one of the
top schools in the United
States. The Central
Carolina Community College in Sanford
offers outstanding higher education, and students have access to
many other fine institutions within an hour’s drive, including Fayetteville
State University, Duke
University and the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Residents of Broadway
reported a median family income close to $53,000, (Census 2000
data), almost $11,000 higher than the national average.
residents reported substantially lower incomes, $7,000 less than the
national average, while Lee County as a whole reported incomes about
$2,000 less than average. A
number of well-known corporations call Lee County home, including Caterpillar,
Control Components. The
Economic Development Corporation continuously creates numerous
and tax credits enabling new businesses to flourish here.
The 2005 Census estimate shows a 5,000-population increase,
and even more growth projected in the coming years.
Lee County residents enjoy all four seasons.
Winters can drop up to 10 inches of snow, while summer
temperatures rarely rise above 90 degrees.
Lake provides 14,000 acres of aquatic fun, boating, water skiing
and fishing. Both Deep
River and Cape
Fear River wind through Lee County, with excellent fishing and
boating opportunities. Three fine golf courses await sportsmen here,
while the famous Pinehurst
Golf Resort lies 25 minutes away.
Park contains one of the best mountain biking trails in NC, and
is an excellent place to hike in summer or cross-country ski in
winter. The Gross
Farms Corn Maze draws visitors from surrounding areas,
especially at Halloween, though this working farm fascinates
tourists year-round and provides the freshest produce in the region.
County, North Carolina retains its refreshing small-town values
and rural charm, while providing its populace with the excellent
advantages of easy commutes to major cities.
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