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Franklin County
Franklin County courthouse in Frankfort
Franklin County courthouse in Frankfort
Map of Kentucky highlighting Franklin County
Location within the U.S. state of Kentucky
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Kentucky's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Kentucky
Founded May 10, 1795
Named for Benjamin Franklin
Seat Frankfort
Largest city Frankfort
Area
 • Total 212 sq mi (550 km2)
 • Land 208 sq mi (540 km2)
 • Water 4.3 sq mi (11 km2)  2.0%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 51,541 Increase
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 6th

Franklin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. Its county seat is Frankfort, the state capital. The county was formed in 1795 from parts of Woodford, Mercer and Shelby counties, and was named after the American inventor and statesman Benjamin Franklin. Franklin County is part of the Frankfort, Kentucky Micropolitan Statistical Area. It shares a name with Franklin County in Ohio, where Columbus is located. This makes it one of two pairs of capital cities in counties of the same name, along with Marion Counties in Oregon and Indiana.

History

The three original counties of Kentucky (Jefferson, Fayette and Lincoln counties) intersected in what is today Franklin County. Franklin County was established in 1795 from land given by Mercer, Shelby, and Woodford counties. Franklin was the 18th Kentucky county in order of formation.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 212 square miles (550 km2), of which 208 square miles (540 km2) is land and 4.3 square miles (11 km2) (2.0%) is water.

Major highways

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1800 5,078
1810 8,013 57.8%
1820 11,024 37.6%
1830 9,254 −16.1%
1840 9,420 1.8%
1850 12,462 32.3%
1860 12,694 1.9%
1870 15,300 20.5%
1880 18,699 22.2%
1890 21,267 13.7%
1900 20,852 −2.0%
1910 21,135 1.4%
1920 19,357 −8.4%
1930 21,064 8.8%
1940 23,308 10.7%
1950 25,933 11.3%
1960 29,421 13.5%
1970 34,481 17.2%
1980 41,830 21.3%
1990 43,781 4.7%
2000 47,687 8.9%
2010 49,285 3.4%
2020 51,541 4.6%
2021 (est.) 51,682 4.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2021

As of the census of 2000, there were 47,687 people, 19,907 households, and 12,840 families residing in the county. The population density was 227 per square mile (88/km2). There were 21,409 housing units at an average density of 102 per square mile (39/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 87.98% White, 9.36% Black or African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.72% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.55% from other races, and 1.24% from two or more races. 1.11% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 19,907 households, out of which 29.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.70% were married couples living together, 12.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.50% were non-families. 30.40% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.86.

22.60% of the population was under the age of 18, 9.70% from 18 to 24, 30.50% from 25 to 44, 24.90% from 45 to 64, and 12.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $40,011, and the median income for a family was $51,052. Males had a median income of $32,826 versus $26,201 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,229. About 6.90% of families and 10.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.80% of those under age 18 and 12.20% of those age 65 or over.

Parks

  • Capitol View Park
  • Cove Spring Park and Nature Preserve
  • Dolly Graham Park
  • East Frankfort Park
  • Josephine Sculpture Park
  • Juniper Hill Park and Golf Course
  • Lakeview Park
  • Leslie Morris Park on Fort Hill: 120 acres (0.49 km2) of woodland overlooking downtown Frankfort. It contains trails that guide visitors through the remains of earthwork forts that were the main defensive position for Union troops protecting the city during an 1864 Civil War skirmish.
  • Riverview Park
  • Todd Park

Communities

Education

The county is served by two public school districts: Franklin County Public Schools and Frankfort Independent Schools.

Franklin County Public Schools

This district takes in almost all of the county, including the majority of the city of Frankfort. It operates the following schools:

  • Bridgeport Elementary School (grades K-5)
  • Collins Lane Elementary School (grades K-5)
  • Early Childhood Education Center (grades K-1)
  • Elkhorn Elementary School (grades 2-5)
  • Hearn Elementary School (grades 2-5)
  • Peaks Mill Elementary School (grades 2-5)
  • Westridge Elementary School (grades K-5)
  • Bondurant Middle School (grades 6-8)
  • Elkhorn Middle School (grades 6-8)
  • Franklin County High School (grades 9-12)
  • Western Hills High School (grades 9-12)
  • The Academy (grades 9-12) (For kids with problems/juveniles)
  • Franklin County Career and Technical Center (grades 9-12) (Career center for all public high schools in the county.)

Frankfort Independent Schools

This district serves an area roughly covering the Frankfort neighborhoods known as "downtown", South Frankfort (the vicinity of the state capitol building), and Bellepoint. It operates two schools:

  • Second Street School (grades K-6)
  • Frankfort High School (grades 7-12)

Private schools

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