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Lee County

Giddings is the County Seat of Lee County, Texas.


Lee County was organized on April 14, 1874 from Bastrop, Burleson, Fayette and Washington Counties. Lee County is part of the Austin Colony, Austin’s Little Colony, and Robertson’s Grant (1834-35), later Austin and Williams Grants.

As of the 2010 census, the county’s population was 16,612 and the population has a similar ethnic makeuprelative to the overall United States

 

GEOGRAPHY & NATURAL RESOURCES


Lee County comprises a 644 square mile irregularly shaped area divided by the San Antonio Highway (State Highway 21), U.S. Highway 77; and U.S. Highway 290. The county is an easy drive from most places with in Central Texas, and because the county is located between two major high-growth metro areas and has north-south and east-west highways running through it, its geographical location invites opportunities for businesses involved with manufacturing and assembly, storage and shipping.

Lee County is one of the increasingly few areas that has a stable water supply.


TAX INFORMATION



The Lee Central Appraisal District appraises property at fair market value for ad valorem taxes of all taxing units within the boundaries of Lee Central Appraisal District.

Taxing Entities:

  • Lee County
  • Giddings ISD
  • City of Giddings
  • Lexington ISD
  • City of Lexington
  • Dime Box ISD

EDUCATION


Lee County, like other Texas counties, is concentrating on growing a strong educational system and developing a strong economy that will prepare its citizens and its children for the 21st century.
 

Higher Education & Workforce Development

Students in Lee County are serviced primarily by nearby Blinn College, a two-year college that offers academic transfer, workforce training and continuing education courses to more than 19,000 students at four campuses. Students enrolled at Blinn College may also enjoy the opportunity to participate in the Transfer Enrollment at A & M (TEAM) program, which allows students to enroll at both schools with part-time admission to nearby Texas A & M University at College Station.
 

Secondary Schools

All schools in Lee County maintain TEA ratings of “Acceptable,” with several receiving an “Exemplary” rating.

Giddings ISD Texas Consolidated School Rating Report

Giddings Independent School District is committed to having 100% of classrooms filled with highly qualified teachers. GISD will continue to recruit the best qualified applicants for all vacant positions.

Giddings Independent School District provides high-quality professional development for 100% of our teachers and other instructional staff.

  • Giddings Campus Highly Qualified (Teacher) Status as of September 16, 2013
  • Giddings Elementary School 100%
  • Giddings Intermediate School 100%
  • Giddings Middle School 100%
  • Giddings High School 97%
     

Giddings High School is a 9th-12th grade campus located in Giddings, Texas. The campus is a member of District 26 - AAA with an enrollment of 657 students.

Student Demographics:

  • African American 12.8%
  • Hispanic 43.1%
  • White 43.8%
  • Asian 0.2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged 52.5%
  • Limited English Proficiency 3.3%

INDUSTRY


Agriculture is the leading industry with $30-$40 million dollars gross sales by agricultural producers.

Agricultural enterprises dominating sales include beef cattle, hay, nursery crops, horses, swine, corn, grain sorghum, pecans and aquaculture. The effects of the recent oil and gas boom in the s
tate of Texas, and particularly in the Eagle Ford Shale, can clearly be seen in the employment data for the county. The most common occupations for residents of Lee County are those that involve construction or oil & gas extraction activities- an occupational category that applies to the oil and gas industry, and that pays wages that are generally above average wages.

Giddings State School, a Texas Youth Commission facility, is also a major employer within the county.


INCOME


Lee County has enjoyed rising incomes in recent years, with the median household income rising by $2,395 from 2010-2013, to approximately $48,000.
 

EMPLOYMENT


Lee County has enjoyed consistently low unemployment and has experienced employment growth of over 2% annually for the past 10 years. This employment performance has been very strong, even in comparis on to many of the surrounding counties, which have been national leaders in employment growth during an otherwise turbulent period for the national economy. At a sub-4.0 rate of unemployment, Lee County is at or near what most economists would consider full employment; however, within the 10-County Capital Area region, 50% of workers commute across a county line for their jobs, therefore Giddings and Lee County can draw talent from the surrounding area’s labor markets.


HOUSING


At 18.1%, the percentage of housing units that are vacant in Lee County, while lower than other rural areas nearby, is far larger than the levels found statewide and nationally; however, rather than being a reflection of a poor housing market, the reasons behind the housing vacancies tend to be tied to properties that are used for seasonal or recreational use, or properties that are inherited.


RECREATION


Recreation in Lee County includesNails Creek State Park on Lake Somerville, Lexington Pioneer Village,Wendish Museum, the Giddings Train Depot and Transportation Museum, communityevents, and hunting and fishing.