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Franklin County
Franklin County
Franklin County Courthouse in Pasco
Franklin County Courthouse in Pasco
Map of Washington highlighting Franklin County
Location within the U.S. state of Washington
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Washington's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Washington
Founded November 28, 1883
Named for Benjamin Franklin
Seat Pasco
Largest city Pasco
Area
 • Total 1,265 sq mi (3,280 km2)
 • Land 1,242 sq mi (3,220 km2)
 • Water 23 sq mi (60 km2)  1.8%%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 78,163
 • Estimate 
(2020)
97,075
 • Density 71/sq mi (27/km2)
Time zone UTC−8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−7 (PDT)
Congressional district 4th

Franklin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Washington. As of the 2010 census, its population was 78,163. The county seat and largest city is Pasco. The county was formed out of Whitman County on November 28, 1883, and is named for Benjamin Franklin.

Franklin County is included in the Kennewick-Richland, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area. Together, Kennewick, Richland and Pasco comprise Washington's Tri-Cities.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,265 square miles (3,280 km2), of which 1,242 square miles (3,220 km2) is land and 23 square miles (60 km2) (1.8%) is water.

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Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 696
1900 486 −30.2%
1910 5,153 960.3%
1920 5,877 14.1%
1930 6,137 4.4%
1940 6,307 2.8%
1950 13,563 115.0%
1960 23,342 72.1%
1970 25,816 10.6%
1980 35,025 35.7%
1990 37,473 7.0%
2000 49,347 31.7%
2010 78,163 58.4%
2020 (est.) 97,075 24.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2020

Franklin County, along with Adams County, have the highest per capita percentage of Latino residents in the state.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 78,163 people, 23,245 households, and 18,163 families residing in the county. The population density was 62.9 inhabitants per square mile (24.3/km2). There were 24,423 housing units at an average density of 19.7 per square mile (7.6/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 60.5% white, 1.9% black or African American, 1.8% Asian, 0.7% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific islander, 31.8% from other races, and 3.2% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 51.2% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 13.1% were German, 6.8% were English, 6.5% were Irish, and 3.3% were American.

Of the 23,245 households, 49.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.9% were married couples living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 21.9% were non-families, and 16.4% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 3.28 and the average family size was 3.68. The median age was 28.4 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $47,749 and the median income for a family was $52,218. Males had a median income of $40,604 versus $29,517 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,660. About 16.5% of families and 19.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.6% of those under age 18 and 13.7% of those age 65 or over.

The 2019 county population is estimated to be 95,222, a 21.8% increase since 2010. This far outpaces Washington State's overall growth of 13.2% over the same time interval, and puts Franklin County among the fastest-growing counties in the nation.

In 2018 the county contained 28,647 housing units.

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