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Coordinates: 38°35′N 95°17′W / 38.583°N 95.283°W / 38.583; -95.283

Franklin County, Kansas
Map
Map of Kansas highlighting Franklin County
Location in the state of Kansas
Map of the USA highlighting Kansas
Kansas's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded August 25, 1855
Seat Ottawa
Largest City Ottawa
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

577 sq mi (1,494 km²)
572 sq mi (1,481 km²)
5.4 sq mi (14 km²), 0.9%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

25,609
45/sq mi (17/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Named for: Benjamin Franklin

Franklin County (county code FR) is a county located in the eastern portion of the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the county population was 25,992. Its county seat and most populous city is Ottawa.

History

Early history

See also: History of Kansas

For many millennia, the Great Plains of North America was inhabited by nomadic Native Americans. From the 16th century to 18th century, the Kingdom of France claimed ownership of large parts of North America. In 1762, after the French and Indian War, France secretly ceded New France to Spain, per the Treaty of Fontainebleau.

19th century

In 1802, Spain returned most of the land to France, but keeping title to about 7,500 square miles. In 1803, most of the land for modern day Kansas was acquired by the United States from France as part of the 828,000 square mile Louisiana Purchase for 2.83 cents per acre.

The area was included in a treaty ceding land to the Osage Nation in 1808, and ceded back to the federal government in 1825. After 1825 and prior to 1867, treaties with various Indian nations set off parts of what was later to become Franklin County for their use.

In 1854, the Kansas Territory was organized, then in 1861 Kansas became the 34th U.S. state. In 1855, Franklin County was established. Franklin County was one of the 33 original Kansas Territory counties created by the first Territorial Legislature of 1855. The county was named after Benjamin Franklin.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 577 square miles (1,490 km2), of which 572 square miles (1,480 km2) is land and 5.4 square miles (14 km2) (0.9%) is water.

Major highways

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 3,030
1870 10,385 242.7%
1880 16,797 61.7%
1890 20,279 20.7%
1900 21,354 5.3%
1910 20,884 −2.2%
1920 21,946 5.1%
1930 22,024 0.4%
1940 20,889 −5.2%
1950 19,928 −4.6%
1960 19,548 −1.9%
1970 20,007 2.3%
1980 22,062 10.3%
1990 21,994 −0.3%
2000 24,784 12.7%
2010 25,992 4.9%
Est. 2015 25,609 −1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

Franklin County comprises the Ottawa, KS Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Kansas City-Overland Park-Kansas City, MO-KS Combined Statistical Area.

As of the U.S. Census in 2000, there were 24,784 people, 9,452 households, and 6,720 families residing in the county. The population density was 43 people per square mile (17/km²). There were 10,229 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.05% White, 1.21% Black or African American, 0.94% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.78% from other races, and 1.71% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.62% of the population.

There were 9,452 households out of which 34.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.10% were married couples living together, 8.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.90% were non-families. 24.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.30% 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 3.04.

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.50% under the age of 18, 8.90% from 18 to 24, 28.30% from 25 to 44, 21.20% from 45 to 64, and 14.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 98.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,052, and the median income for a family was $45,197. Males had a median income of $31,223 versus $22,992 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,311. About 5.60% of families and 7.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.40% of those under age 18 and 7.30% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Map of Franklin Co, Ks, USA
2005 KDOT Map of Franklin County (map legend)

Cities

Unincorporated places

Ghost town

Townships

Franklin County is divided into sixteen townships. The city of Ottawa is considered governmentally independent and is excluded from the census figures for the townships. In the following table, the population center is the largest city (or cities) included in that township's population total, if it is of a significant size.

Township FIPS Population
center
Population Population
density
/km² (/sq mi)
Land area
km² (sq mi)
Water area
km² (sq mi)
Water % Geographic coordinates
Appanoose 02075 293 4 (10) 77 (30) 0 (0) 0.10% 38°41′57″N 95°27′17″W / 38.69917°N 95.45472°W / 38.69917; -95.45472 (Appanoose Township)
Centropolis 12475 997 9 (25) 105 (41) 0 (0) 0.34% 38°41′7″N 95°21′29″W / 38.68528°N 95.35806°W / 38.68528; -95.35806 (Centropolis Township)
Cutler 16900 Rantoul 856 8 (20) 111 (43) 1 (0) 0.68% 38°31′33″N 95°6′56″W / 38.52583°N 95.11556°W / 38.52583; -95.11556 (Cutler Township)
Franklin 24375 Wellsville 2,552 28 (72) 91 (35) 0 (0) 0.52% 38°42′34″N 95°5′38″W / 38.70944°N 95.09389°W / 38.70944; -95.09389 (Franklin Township)
Greenwood 28750 429 5 (14) 79 (30) 0 (0) 0.08% 38°33′39″N 95°26′35″W / 38.56083°N 95.44306°W / 38.56083; -95.44306 (Greenwood Township)
Harrison 30300 445 6 (16) 71 (27) 1 (0) 0.84% 38°34′20″N 95°13′2″W / 38.57222°N 95.21722°W / 38.57222; -95.21722 (Harrison Township)
Hayes 30925 397 5 (13) 77 (30) 0 (0) 0.36% 38°42′17″N 95°13′51″W / 38.70472°N 95.23083°W / 38.70472; -95.23083 (Hayes Township)
Homewood 33000 493 6 (16) 78 (30) 0 (0) 0.26% 38°30′53″N 95°23′28″W / 38.51472°N 95.39111°W / 38.51472; -95.39111 (Homewood Township)
Lincoln 40700 797 10 (26) 78 (30) 0 (0) 0.31% 38°34′8″N 95°18′33″W / 38.56889°N 95.30917°W / 38.56889; -95.30917 (Lincoln Township)
Ohio 52350 Princeton 783 7 (19) 108 (42) 1 (0) 1.05% 38°29′14″N 95°16′32″W / 38.48722°N 95.27556°W / 38.48722; -95.27556 (Ohio Township)
Ottawa 53575 868 8 (20) 111 (43) 0 (0) 0.33% 38°38′21″N 95°16′5″W / 38.63917°N 95.26806°W / 38.63917; -95.26806 (Ottawa Township)
Peoria 55425 626 7 (18) 92 (36) 0 (0) 0.20% 38°36′32″N 95°7′45″W / 38.60889°N 95.12917°W / 38.60889; -95.12917 (Peoria Township)
Pomona 57025 Pomona 1,174 22 (56) 54 (21) 0 (0) 0.30% 38°36′40″N 95°27′24″W / 38.61111°N 95.45667°W / 38.61111; -95.45667 (Pomona Township)
Pottawatomie 57225 Lane 669 7 (17) 101 (39) 0 (0) 0.46% 38°26′14″N 95°6′32″W / 38.43722°N 95.10889°W / 38.43722; -95.10889 (Pottawatomie Township)
Richmond 59700 Richmond 812 9 (23) 91 (35) 0 (0) 0.50% 38°24′19″N 95°15′22″W / 38.40528°N 95.25611°W / 38.40528; -95.25611 (Richmond Township)
Williamsburg 79325 Williamsburg 672 5 (12) 145 (56) 1 (1) 0.95% 38°27′33″N 95°27′43″W / 38.45917°N 95.46194°W / 38.45917; -95.46194 (Williamsburg Township)
Sources: "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files". U.S. Census Bureau, Geography Division. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/places2k.html.

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