Franklin County, Vermont facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsFranklin County, Vermont
Location in the state of Vermont
Vermont's location in the U.S.
|Largest City||St. Albans|
692 sq mi (1,792 km²)
634 sq mi (1,642 km²)
58 sq mi (150 km²), 8.4%
76.7/sq mi (30/km²)
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
|Named for: Benjamin Franklin|
Franklin County is a county in the state of Vermont, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 47,746. Its county seat is the city of St. Albans. It borders the Canadian province of Quebec. The county was created in 1792 and organized in 1796. Franklin County is part of the Burlington metropolitan area.
Franklin County is one of several Vermont counties created from land originally ceded by the state of New York on January 15, 1777 when Vermont declared itself to be a state distinct from New York. The land originally was contested by Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New Netherland, but it remained undelineated until July 20, 1764, when King George III established the boundary between New Hampshire and New York along the west bank of the Connecticut River, north of Massachusetts and south of the parallel of 45 degrees north latitude. New York assigned the land gained to Albany County. On March 12, 1772 Albany County was partitioned to create Charlotte County, and this situation remained until Vermont's independence from New York and Britain. However, this did not end the contest.
On September 3, 1783, as a result of the signing of the Treaty of Paris the Revolutionary War ended with Great Britain recognizing the independence of the United States. Vermont's border with Quebec was established at 45 degrees north latitude. In 1792, Franklin County was formed from part of Chittenden County.
The county's namesake is Benjamin Franklin.
in 2008, the federal government declared the county a disaster area after severe storms and flooding June 14–17.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 692 square miles (1,790 km2), of which 634 square miles (1,640 km2) is land and 58 square miles (150 km2) (8.4%) is water.
Adjacent counties and municipalities
- Orleans County - east
- Lamoille County - southeast
- Chittenden County - southwest
- Grand Isle County - west
- Le Haut-Richelieu Regional County Municipality, Quebec - northwest
- Brome-Missisquoi Regional County Municipality, Quebec - north
National protected area
- Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 47,746 people, 18,513 households, and 12,939 families residing in the county. The population density was 75.3 inhabitants per square mile (29.1/km2). There were 21,588 housing units at an average density of 34.1 per square mile (13.2/km2). Of the 18,513 households, 34.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.7% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.1% were non-families, and 22.7% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 2.97. The median age was 39.6 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $53,623 and the median income for a family was $63,009. Males had a median income of $43,155 versus $36,940 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,767. About 7.2% of families and 10.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.8% of those under age 18 and 8.7% of those age 65 or over.
Villages are census divisions, but have no separate corporate existence from the towns they are in.
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