Franklin County, Alabama facts for kids
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Franklin County Courthouse in Russelville, Alabama
Location within the U.S. state of Alabama
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|Founded||February 6, 1818|
|Named for||Benjamin Franklin|
|• Total||647 sq mi (1,680 km2)|
|• Land||634 sq mi (1,640 km2)|
|• Water||13 sq mi (30 km2) 2.0%|
|• Density||49.63/sq mi (19.164/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
Franklin County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. As of the 2020 census, the population was 32,113. 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.
Franklin County was established on February 6, 1818.
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.
Many musicians and songwriters are from Franklin County including Billy Sherrill, Tammy Wynette, Ricky Pierce, Eddie Martin, Kerry Gilbert, and many others.
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.
- Colbert County (north)
- Lawrence County (east)
- Winston County (southeast)
- Marion County (south)
- Itawamba County, Mississippi (southwest)
- Tishomingo County, Mississippi (northwest)
National protected area
- William B. Bankhead National Forest (part)
- U.S. Highway 43
- State Route 13
- State Route 17
- State Route 19
- State Route 24
- State Route 172
- State Route 187
- State Route 237
- State Route 241
- State Route 243
- State Route 247
- Norfolk Southern Railway
- Redmont Railway
|U.S. Decennial Census
At the 2000 census there were 31,223 people, 12,259 households, and 8,949 families living 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. Of the 12,259 households 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 households were one person and 12.10% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.97.
The age distribution was 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% 65 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 household income was $27,177 and the median family income 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.
At the 2010 census there were 31,704 people, 12,286 households, and 8,741 families living in the county. The population density was 57 people per square mile (22 km2). 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. Of the 12,286 households 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 households were one person and 12.3% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.05
The age distribution was 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% 65 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 household income was $33,942 and the median family income 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.
There are two school systems and one community college in Franklin County; Russellville City Schools and Franklin County Schools. Northwest Shoals Community College has a campus in Phil Campbell.
Russellville City Schools include:
- Russellville High School
- Russellville Middle School
- Russellville Elementary School (grades 3 - 5)
- West Elementary School (grades Kindergarten - 2)
Franklin County Schools include:
- Belgreen High School (grades K - 12)
- East Franklin Junior High School (grades K - 9)
- Phil Campbell High School (two separate buildings serving grades K - 12)
- Red Bay High School (grades K - 12)
- Tharptown High School (grades K-12)
- Vina High School (grades K - 12)
There is also the Franklin County Career-Technical Center, located next to Belgreen High School.
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