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Franklin County, Alabama
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Location in the state of Alabama
Map of the USA highlighting Alabama
Alabama's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded February 6, 1818
Seat Russellville
Largest City Russellville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

647 sq mi (1,676 km²)
634 sq mi (1,642 km²)
13 sq mi (34 km²), 2.0%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

31,696
57/sq mi (22/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.franklincountyal.org
Named for: Benjamin Franklin
 
  • County Number 33 on Alabama Licence Plates

Franklin County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. As of the 2010 census, the population was 31,704. Its county seat is Russellville. Its name is in honor of Benjamin Franklin, famous statesman, scientist, and printer. It is a dry county, although the city of Russellville is wet.

History

Franklin County was established on February 6, 1818.

Colbert County

Colbert County was originally established on February 6, 1867 after it split from Franklin County over political issues after the American Civil War. It was abolished eight months later by an Alabama constitutional convention and then reestablished on February 24, 1870.

Musical history

Many musicians and songwriters are from Franklin County including Billy Sherrill, Tammy Wynette, Ricky Pierce, Eddie Martin, Kerry Gilbert, and many others.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 647 square miles (1,680 km2), of which 634 square miles (1,640 km2) is land and 13 square miles (34 km2) (2.0%) is water.

Adjacent Counties

National protected area

  • William B. Bankhead National Forest (part)

Transportation

Major Highways

  • US 43.svg U.S. Highway 43
  • Alabama 13.svg State Route 13
  • Alabama 17.svg State Route 17
  • Alabama 19.svg State Route 19
  • Alabama 24.svg State Route 24
  • Alabama 172.svg State Route 172
  • Alabama 187.svg State Route 187
  • Alabama 237.svg State Route 237
  • Alabama 241.svg State Route 241
  • Alabama 243.svg State Route 243
  • Alabama 247.svg State Route 247

Rail

  • Norfolk Southern Railway
  • Redmont Railway

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 4,988
1830 11,078 122.1%
1840 14,270 28.8%
1850 19,610 37.4%
1860 18,627 −5.0%
1870 8,006 −57.0%
1880 9,155 14.4%
1890 10,681 16.7%
1900 16,511 54.6%
1910 19,369 17.3%
1920 22,011 13.6%
1930 25,372 15.3%
1940 27,552 8.6%
1950 25,705 −6.7%
1960 21,988 −14.5%
1970 23,933 8.8%
1980 28,350 18.5%
1990 27,814 −1.9%
2000 31,223 12.3%
2010 31,704 1.5%
Est. 2015 31,696 1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2015

2000

As of the census of 2000, there were 31,223 people, 12,259 households, and 8,949 families residing in the county. The population density was 49 people per square mile (19/km2). There were 13,749 housing units at an average density of 22 per square mile (8/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 89.68% White (non-Hispanic), 4.21% Black or African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 4.62% from other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. 5.82% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 12,259 households out of which 32.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.20% were married couples living together, 10.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.00% were non-families. 24.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.50% under the age of 18, 9.20% from 18 to 24, 28.00% from 25 to 44, 23.40% from 45 to 64, and 14.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 96.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,177, and the median income for a family was $34,274. Males had a median income of $27,497 versus $18,631 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,814. About 15.20% of families and 18.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.60% of those under age 18 and 24.10% of those age 65 or over.

2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 31,704 people, 12,286 households, and 8,741 families residing in the county. The population density was 57 people per square mile (22km2). There were 14,022 housing units at an average density of 21.7 per square mile (8/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 83.0% White (non-Hispanic), 3.9% Black or African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 10.5% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. 14.9% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 12,286 households out of which 30.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.5% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.9% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.05

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.8% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 25.3% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37.8 years. For every 100 females there were 99.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.3 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,942, and the median income for a family was $44,352. Males had a median income of $31,997 versus $22,747 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,094. About 14.9% of families and 19.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.2% of those under age 18 and 13.2% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Towns

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities


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