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Franklin County, Georgia
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Location in the state of Georgia
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Georgia's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 25 February, 1784
Seat Carnesville
Largest City Lavonia
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

266 sq mi (689 km²)
261 sq mi (676 km²)
5.0 sq mi (13 km²), 1.15%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

22,084
84/sq mi (32/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.franklincountyga.com
Named for: Benjamin Franklin

Franklin County is a county located in 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.

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%
Est. 2015 22,311 1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 20,285 people, 7,888 households, and 5,695 families residing in the county. The population density was 77 people per square mile (30/km²). There were 9,303 housing units at an average density of 35 per square mile (14/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 89.49% White, 8.83% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.41% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. 0.92% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,888 households out of which 31.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.20% were married couples living together, 10.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.80% were non-families. 24.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.90% under the age of 18, 9.60% from 18 to 24, 27.30% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 15.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,134, and the median income for a family was $38,463. Males had a median income of $29,474 versus $21,051 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,767. About 11.00% of families and 13.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.80% of those under age 18 and 18.50% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 22,084 people, 8,540 households, and 5,979 families residing 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.

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