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Franklin County
Franklin County Courthouse in Carnesville
Franklin County Courthouse in Carnesville
Map of Georgia highlighting Franklin County
Location within the U.S. state of Georgia
Map of the United States highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Georgia
Founded 25 February, 1784; 238 years ago (1784)
Named for Benjamin Franklin
Seat Carnesville
Largest city Lavonia
Area
 • Total 266 sq mi (690 km2)
 • Land 261 sq mi (680 km2)
 • Water 5.0 sq mi (13 km2)  1.15%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2020)
23,504
 • Density 84/sq mi (32/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 9th

Franklin County is a county located in the northeastern part of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 22,084. The county seat is Carnesville. On February 25, 1784, Franklin and Washington became Georgia's eighth and ninth counties, with Franklin named in honor of patriot Benjamin Franklin.

In its original form, Franklin County included all of the territory now in Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Jackson, Oconee, and Stephens counties, and parts of the modern-day Gwinnett, Hall, Hart, and Madison counties, as well as three counties that are now part of South Carolina. Franklin County has several miles of shoreline on Lake Hartwell.

Economic development

The Franklin County Industrial Building Authority, one of only seven created by a Georgia constitutional amendment, actively seeks and recruits new industries to the county. The Authority consists of seven members: each of the five mayors from the cities within Franklin County, and two at-large members selected by the Board of Commissioners.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 266 square miles (690 km2), of which 261 square miles (680 km2) is land and 5.0 square miles (13 km2) (1.9%) is water.

The majority of Franklin County is located in the Broad River sub-basin of the Savannah River basin, with just the northeastern corner, north of Lavonia, located in the Tugaloo River sub-basin of the same Savannah River basin.

Major highways

  • I-85.svg Interstate 85
  • US 29.svg U.S. Route 29
  • Georgia 8.svg State Route 8
  • Georgia 17.svg State Route 17
  • Georgia 17 Business.svg State Route 17 Business
  • Georgia 51.svg State Route 51
  • Georgia 59.svg State Route 59
  • Georgia 63.svg State Route 63
  • Georgia 77 Connector.svg State Route 77 Connector
  • Georgia 105.svg State Route 105
  • Georgia 106.svg State Route 106
  • Georgia 145.svg State Route 145
  • Georgia 174.svg State Route 174
  • Georgia 184.svg State Route 184
  • Georgia 198.svg State Route 198
  • Georgia 281.svg State Route 281
  • Georgia 320.svg State Route 320
  • Georgia 326.svg State Route 326
  • Georgia 327.svg State Route 327
  • Georgia 328.svg State Route 328
  • Georgia 403.svg State Route 403 (unsigned designation for I-85)

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 1,041
1800 6,859 558.9%
1810 10,815 57.7%
1820 9,040 −16.4%
1830 10,107 11.8%
1840 9,886 −2.2%
1850 11,513 16.5%
1860 7,393 −35.8%
1870 7,893 6.8%
1880 11,453 45.1%
1890 14,670 28.1%
1900 17,700 20.7%
1910 17,894 1.1%
1920 19,957 11.5%
1930 15,902 −20.3%
1940 15,612 −1.8%
1950 14,446 −7.5%
1960 13,274 −8.1%
1970 12,784 −3.7%
1980 15,185 18.8%
1990 16,650 9.6%
2000 20,285 21.8%
2010 22,084 8.9%
2020 (est.) 23,504 6.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2019

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 22,084 people, 8,540 households, and 5,979 families living in the county. The population density was 84.5 inhabitants per square mile (32.6/km2). There were 10,553 housing units at an average density of 40.4 per square mile (15.6/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 87.3% white, 8.4% black or African American, 0.5% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 1.9% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 3.9% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 17.6% were American, 9.7% were Irish, 9.7% were English, and 8.0% were German.

Of the 8,540 households, 31.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.6% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.0% were non-families, and 26.2% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.00. The median age was 40.9 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,739 and the median income for a family was $44,667. Males had a median income of $33,718 versus $28,713 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,276. About 14.3% of families and 17.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.5% of those under age 18 and 13.4% of those age 65 or over.

2020 census

Franklin County Racial Composition
Race Num. Perc.
White 19,262 82.23%
Black or African American 1,888 8.06%
Native American 34 0.15%
Asian 261 1.11%
Pacific Islander 3 0.01%
Other/Mixed 855 3.65%
Hispanic or Latino 1,121 4.79%

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 23,424 people, 8,460 households, and 6,123 families residing in the county.

Communities

Cities

Town

Census-designated place

Education

Franklin County School system

The Franklin County School District (Georgia) supports grades from kindergarten to grade twelve. The system consists of three elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, and one alternative school. The Franklin County School System has a staff of over 600 and an enrollment of 3570 as of 2020. The system boasts a 90.7% graduation rate. FCSS is the largest employer in Franklin County.

Private schools

  • Shepherd's Hill Academy, a Christian private school for grades 7-12

Colleges

  • Emmanuel College (Georgia) is a private, Christian, liberal arts college located in Franklin Springs offering associate as well as bachelor's degrees. The college is a member of the NCAA Division II.

Transportation

Major highways

  • I-85.svg Interstate 85
  • US 29.svg U.S. Route 29
  • Georgia 8.svg State Route 8
  • Georgia 17.svg State Route 17
  • Georgia 17 Business.svg State Route 17 Business
  • Georgia 51.svg State Route 51
  • Georgia 59.svg State Route 59
  • Georgia 63.svg State Route 63
  • Georgia 77 Connector.svg State Route 77 Connector
  • Georgia 106.svg State Route 106
  • Georgia 145.svg State Route 145
  • Georgia 174.svg State Route 174
  • Georgia 184.svg State Route 184
  • Georgia 198.svg State Route 198
  • Georgia 281.svg State Route 281
  • Georgia 320.svg State Route 320
  • Georgia 326.svg State Route 326
  • Georgia 327.svg State Route 327
  • Georgia 328.svg State Route 328
  • Georgia 403.svg State Route 403 (unsigned designation for I-85)

Airports

  • Franklin County Airport (Georgia)(18A), featuring a 5000 ft runway and self-service 100LL and Jet A fuel.
  • Broad River Air Park(3GE3), a private airport community featuring a 3000 ft runway parallel to Interstate 85.

Notable people

  • Ernest Vandiver - Former Georgia Governor 1959–1963)
  • FPS Russia, YouTube personality
  • Ty Cobb, member of the Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Dee Dowis, Air Force Academy quarterback, Heisman Trophy finalist, Air Force career rushing yard record holder
  • Tony Jones, professional football player in the NFL
  • Gary Walker, professional football player in the NFL
  • Terry Kay, author
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