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Franklin County, Nebraska
Map
Map of Nebraska highlighting Franklin County
Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of the USA highlighting Nebraska
Nebraska's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1871
Seat Franklin
Largest City Franklin
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

576 sq mi (1,492 km²)
576 sq mi (1,492 km²)
0.2 sq mi (1 km²), 0.03%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

3,225
5.6/sq mi (2/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: http://www.co.franklin.ne.us/
Named for: Benjamin Franklin

Franklin County is a county in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 3,225. Its county seat is Franklin. The county was formed in 1867 and organized in 1871. It was named after Benjamin Franklin.

In the Nebraska license plate system, Franklin County is represented by the prefix 50 (it had the fiftieth-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 576 square miles (1,490 km2), of which 576 square miles (1,490 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) (0.03%) is water. The Republican River flows through the southern part of Franklin County.

Major highways

  • US 136.svg U.S. Highway 136
  • N-4.svg Nebraska Highway 4
  • N-10.svg Nebraska Highway 10
  • N-44.svg Nebraska Highway 44

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 26
1880 5,465 20,919.2%
1890 7,693 40.8%
1900 9,455 22.9%
1910 10,303 9.0%
1920 10,067 −2.3%
1930 9,094 −9.7%
1940 7,740 −14.9%
1950 7,096 −8.3%
1960 5,449 −23.2%
1970 4,566 −16.2%
1980 4,377 −4.1%
1990 3,938 −10.0%
2000 3,574 −9.2%
2010 3,225 −9.8%
Est. 2015 2,985 −7.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,574 people, 1,485 households, and 1,021 families residing in the county. The population density was 6 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 1,746 housing units at an average density of 3 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 99.24% White, 0.28% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.08% from other races, and 0.34% from two or more races. 0.64% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 63.5% were of German, 6.8% American, 6.6% English and 5.7% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 1,485 households out of which 28.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.40% were married couples living together, 6.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.20% were non-families. 29.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.50% under the age of 18, 4.50% from 18 to 24, 23.60% from 25 to 44, 23.50% from 45 to 64, and 23.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 92.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,304, and the median income for a family was $34,958. Males had a median income of $26,192 versus $18,214 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,390. About 9.70% of families and 13.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.20% of those under age 18 and 9.40% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

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