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Franklin County
The Franklin County Courthouse in Mt.Vernon undergoing renovation in 2012
The Franklin County Courthouse in Mt.Vernon undergoing renovation in 2012
Map of Texas highlighting Franklin County
Location within the U.S. state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas
Texas's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Texas
Founded March, 1875
Seat Mount Vernon
Largest town Mount Vernon
Area
 • Total 295 sq mi (760 km2)
 • Land 284 sq mi (740 km2)
 • Water 10 sq mi (30 km2)  3.5%%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 10,605
 • Density 37/sq mi (14/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 4th

Franklin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 10,605. The county seat is Mount Vernon.

History

Franklin County was established in 1875 from land given by Titus County. Although the origin of the county's name is not recorded, it is generally believed to have been named after Judge Benjamin C. Franklin, the first appointed justice in the Republic of Texas.

There are two historic properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Franklin County.

Franklin County was one of the last 30 prohibition, or entirely dry, counties in the state of Texas. Citizens of its county seat, Mount Vernon, voted to allow beer and wine sales, both on and off premises in May 2013.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 295 square miles (760 km2), of which 284 square miles (740 km2) is land and 10 square miles (26 km2) (3.5%) is water.

Major highways

  • I-30.svg Interstate 30
  • US 67.svg U.S. Highway 67
  • US 271.svg U.S. Highway 271
  • Texas 11.svg State Highway 11
  • Texas 37.svg State Highway 37

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 5,280
1890 6,481 22.7%
1900 8,674 33.8%
1910 9,331 7.6%
1920 9,304 −0.3%
1930 8,494 −8.7%
1940 8,378 −1.4%
1950 6,257 −25.3%
1960 5,101 −18.5%
1970 5,291 3.7%
1980 6,893 30.3%
1990 7,802 13.2%
2000 9,458 21.2%
2010 10,605 12.1%
Est. 2015 10,651 0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010–2014

As of the census of 2000, there were 9,458 people, 3,754 households, and 2,732 families residing in the county. The population density was 33 people per square mile (13/km²). There were 5,132 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 89.19% White, 3.94% Black or African American, 0.63% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 5.14% from other races, and 0.88% from two or more races. 8.90% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,754 households out of which 30.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.90% were married couples living together, 8.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.20% were non-families. 24.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.30% under the age of 18, 7.30% from 18 to 24, 24.80% from 25 to 44, 25.00% from 45 to 64, and 18.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 94.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,955, and the median income for a family was $37,064. Males had a median income of $28,806 versus $19,361 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,563. About 12.50% of families and 15.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.20% of those under age 18 and 12.30% of those age 65 or over.

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Unincorporated communities


Coordinates: 33°11′N 95°13′W / 33.18°N 95.22°W / 33.18; -95.22

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