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Franklin County, Maine
Map
Map of Maine highlighting Franklin County
Location in the state of Maine
Map of the USA highlighting Maine
Maine's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded May 9, 1838
Seat Farmington
Largest town Farmington
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,743 sq mi (4,514 km²)
1,697 sq mi (4,395 km²)
47 sq mi (122 km²), 2.7%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

30,768
18/sq mi (7/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: http://www.franklincounty.maine.gov/
Named for: Benjamin Franklin

Franklin County is a county located in the state of Maine, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 30,768, making it the second-least populous county in Maine. Its county seat is Farmington. The county was established on May 9, 1838 and named for Benjamin Franklin.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,743 square miles (4,510 km2), of which 1,697 square miles (4,400 km2) is land and 47 square miles (120 km2) (2.7%) is water.

Adjacent counties and municipalities

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 20,801
1850 20,027 −3.7%
1860 20,403 1.9%
1870 18,807 −7.8%
1880 18,180 −3.3%
1890 17,053 −6.2%
1900 18,444 8.2%
1910 19,119 3.7%
1920 19,825 3.7%
1930 19,941 0.6%
1940 19,896 −0.2%
1950 20,682 4.0%
1960 20,069 −3.0%
1970 22,444 11.8%
1980 27,098 20.7%
1990 29,008 7.0%
2000 29,467 1.6%
2010 30,768 4.4%
Est. 2015 29,991 −2.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2013

2015

As of 2015 the largest self-reported ancestry groups in Franklin County, Maine are:

Largest ancestries (2015) Percent
English England 22.4%
French or French Canadian France Drapeau Franco-Américain.svg 19.1%
Irish Republic of Ireland 14.9%
"American" United States 8.5%
German Germany 6.1%
Scottish Scotland 5.0%
Italian Italy 4.2%
Scots-Irish Ulster 1.7%

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 29,467 people, 11,806 households, and 7,744 families residing in the county. The population density was 17 people per square mile (7/km²). There were 19,159 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.96% White, 0.24% Black or African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 0.81% from two or more races. 0.54% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 26.3% were of English, 13.8% United States or American, 12.2% French, 9.2% Irish, 7.9% French Canadian, and 5.3% Scottish ancestry according to Census 2000. 95.7% spoke English and 2.9% French as their first language.

There were 11,806 households out of which 29.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.40% were married couples living together, 9.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.40% were non-families. 25.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.50% under the age of 18, 11.10% from 18 to 24, 26.40% from 25 to 44, 24.80% from 45 to 64, and 14.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 93.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,459, and the median income for a family was $37,863. Males had a median income of $30,475 versus $20,442 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,796. About 10.70% of families and 14.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.90% of those under age 18 and 9.50% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 30,768 people, 13,000 households, and 8,129 families residing in the county. The population density was 18.1 inhabitants per square mile (7.0/km2). There were 21,709 housing units at an average density of 12.8 per square mile (4.9/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.3% white, 0.4% Asian, 0.4% American Indian, 0.2% black or African American, 0.2% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.0% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 23.3% were English, 14.2% were Irish, 7.7% were French Canadian, 7.5% were German, 6.4% were Scottish, and 5.0% were American.

Of the 13,000 households, 26.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.6% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 37.5% were non-families, and 28.9% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.76. The median age was 43.4 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,831 and the median income for a family was $48,634. Males had a median income of $38,563 versus $30,024 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,838. About 10.2% of families and 15.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.2% of those under age 18 and 8.8% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Smalls Falls
Smalls Falls Rest Area on Route 4 just south of Rangeley, Maine

Towns

Plantations

Census-designated places

Unorganized territories

Unincorporated communities


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