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Franklin County, Iowa
Map
Map of Iowa highlighting Franklin County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the USA highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1851
Seat Hampton
Largest City Hampton
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

583 sq mi (1,510 km²)
582 sq mi (1,507 km²)
0.6 sq mi (2 km²), 0.09%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

10,680
18/sq mi (7/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: co.franklin.ia.us
Named for: Benjamin Franklin

Franklin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 10,680. The county seat is Hampton. The county was formed on January 15, 1851 and named after Benjamin Franklin.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 583 square miles (1,510 km2), of which 582 square miles (1,510 km2) is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) (0.09%) is water.

Major highways

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,309
1870 4,738 262.0%
1880 10,249 116.3%
1890 12,871 25.6%
1900 14,996 16.5%
1910 14,780 −1.4%
1920 15,807 6.9%
1930 16,382 3.6%
1940 16,379 0.0%
1950 16,268 −0.7%
1960 15,472 −4.9%
1970 13,255 −14.3%
1980 13,036 −1.7%
1990 11,364 −12.8%
2000 10,704 −5.8%
2010 10,680 −0.2%
Est. 2015 10,295 −3.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2010 census

The 2010 census recorded a population of 10,680 in the county, with a population density of 18.338/sq mi (7.080/km2). There were 4,894 housing units, of which 4,332 were occupied.

2000 census

USA Franklin County, Iowa age pyramid
2000 Census Age Pyramid for Franklin County

As of the census of 2000, there were 10,704 people, 4,356 households, and 2,983 families residing in the county. The population density was 18 people per square mile (7/km²). There were 4,763 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.92% White, 0.08% Black or African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 4.05% from other races, and 0.53% from two or more races. 6.00% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,356 households out of which 29.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.90% were married couples living together, 6.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.50% were non-families. 27.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.20% under the age of 18, 7.30% from 18 to 24, 24.00% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 20.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 96.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,042, and the median income for a family was $45,184. Males had a median income of $29,694 versus $21,115 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,767. About 5.70% of families and 8.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.70% of those under age 18 and 7.10% of those age 65 or over.

Franklin County Fair

Franklin County is home to the Franklin County Fair. Held annually for five days in mid-July, the Franklin County Fair is held on the fairgrounds located on the west side of Hampton. Traditionally, grandstand entertainment begins on Wednesday with the Barnes PRCA Rodeo. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday are usually concerts featuring nationally known entertainment. In 2007 such names as Terri Clark, Marshall Tucker Band, and Trent Tomlinson & Danielle Peck brought fans to the grandstand. On Sunday the Figure 8 Races generally fill the grandstand. The fair also includes free entertainment and a carnival midway. The fairgrounds features the Franklin County Historical Museum, Pleasant Hill (turn of the century village with stores, crafters, old west shows, music and entertainment), and Grandpa's Farm (all phases of farming demonstrated with vintage implements powered by draft horses, steam engines and antique tractors).

Communities

Cities

Census-designated places

Townships

Franklin County is divided into sixteen townships:

  • Geneva
  • Grant
  • Hamilton
  • Ingham
  • Lee
  • Marion
  • Morgan
  • Mott
  • Oakland
  • Osceola
  • Reeve
  • Richland
  • Ross
  • Scott
  • West Fork
  • Wisner

Population ranking

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Franklin County.

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2010 Census)
1 Hampton City 4,461
2 Ackley (partially in Hardin County) City 1,589
3 Sheffield City 1,172
4 Dows (partially in Wright County) City 538
5 Latimer City 507
6 Coulter City 281
7 Alexander City 175
8 Geneva City 165
9 Bradford CDP 99
10 Hansell City 98
11 Chapin CDP 87
12 Popejoy City 79

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