Lewis County Facts
Lewis County has a population of about 13,878, mostly of Scottish, Scotch-Irish and Irish descent. The county is about 484 square miles in size. People in Lewis County are employed primarily in logging and manufacturing and about 40 percent of the workforce leaves the county to find work. The unemployment rate fluctuates between 10% to 20%, depending on the season of the year.
The median household income for the county is $27,181 compared to the average U.S. median income of $51,914. The per capita income of Lewis County is $14,915 compared to the national average of $27,334.
The percent of people living below the national poverty level in Lewis County is 25.1 percent which is two times the national average of 13.8 percent; 75 percent of students in the county qualify for free or reduced lunch; 50 percent of infants to preschool age children live below the national poverty level.
The percentage of people over the age of 25 that have a high school diploma is 65.9 percent, the national average is 85 percent; 22.4 percent of the population of Lewis County have less than a ninth grade education. The percentage of people over 25 who have a college degree is 8.8 percent compared to the national average of 27.9 percent.
There are 46.5 percent of the families in Lewis County headed by a female with no husband present and 11.5 percent of the mothers in the county are 10-19 years of age.
Though the numbers seem grim, the people of Lewis County have much to share with those who volunteer with the Glenmary Farm. They are happier than people who have material wealth. These folks take time to wave and talk with those around them; they are moral and have a true love for the Lord. It's a county where people take the time to help their neighbors and family is key; where people are not afraid to work and have fun while they work.
It's important to remember that the people of Lewis County were fine before the Glenmary Farm and the Farm volunteers arrived in the area and they will be fine when we leave. Oftentimes volunteers leave receiving more than they give.