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Franklin Parish
Parish of Franklin
Franklin Parish Courthouse in Winnsboro
Franklin Parish Courthouse in Winnsboro
Map of Louisiana highlighting Franklin Parish
Location within the U.S. state of Louisiana
Map of the United States highlighting Louisiana
Louisiana's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Louisiana
Founded 1843
Named for Benjamin Franklin
Seat Winnsboro
Largest city Winnsboro
 • Total 635 sq mi (1,640 km2)
 • Land 625 sq mi (1,620 km2)
 • Water 11 sq mi (30 km2)  1.7%
 • Total 20,767
 • Estimate 
 • Density 32.704/sq mi (12.627/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 5th
Franklin Parish Veterans Memorial, Winnsboro, LA IMG 0324
Franklin Parish Veterans Memorial sign in Winnsboro, Louisiana
Franklin Parish Library, Winnsboro, LA IMG 1279
Franklin Parish Library in downtown Winnsboro historic district

Franklin Parish (French: Paroisse de Franklin) is a parish located in the northeastern part of the U.S. state of Louisiana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 20,767. The parish seat is Winnsboro. The parish was founded in 1843 and named for Benjamin Franklin.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 635 square miles (1,640 km2), of which 625 square miles (1,620 km2) is land and 11 square miles (28 km2) (1.7%) is water.

Major highways

  • Louisiana 4.svg Louisiana Highway 4
  • Louisiana 15.svg Louisiana Highway 15
  • Louisiana 17.svg Louisiana Highway 17
  • US 425.svg U.S. Highway 425

Adjacent parishes

National protected area

  • Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge (part)


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 3,251
1860 6,162 89.5%
1870 5,078 −17.6%
1880 6,495 27.9%
1890 6,900 6.2%
1900 8,890 28.8%
1910 11,989 34.9%
1920 24,100 101.0%
1930 30,530 26.7%
1940 32,382 6.1%
1950 29,376 −9.3%
1960 26,088 −11.2%
1970 23,946 −8.2%
1980 24,141 0.8%
1990 22,387 −7.3%
2000 21,263 −5.0%
2010 20,767 −2.3%
2018 (est.) 20,156 −2.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2020 census

Franklin Parish racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 12,430 62.86%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 6,508 32.91%
Native American 26 0.13%
Asian 38 0.19%
Other/Mixed 496 2.51%
Hispanic or Latino 276 1.4%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 19,774 people, 7,423 households, and 5,130 families residing in the parish.

National Guard

921st Engineer Company (Horizontal) part of the 528th Engineer Battalion which belongs to the 225th Engineer Brigade is located in Winnsboro.


Map of Franklin Parish Louisiana With Municipal Labels
Map of Franklin Parish, Louisiana With Municipal Labels




Unincorporated community


Franklin Parish School Board operates local public schools. Franklin Parish High School is the sole public high school in the parish.

The superintendent is John Gullatt.

The parish also hosts two private Christian schools, Franklin Academy in Winnsboro, where Phil Jackson and Leigh Jonson are principal and vice-principal, respectively, and Family Community Christian School, of which Elizabeth Rigdon is the principal.

Notable people

  • Ralph E. King, Winnsboro physician who represented Catahoula, Franklin, and Richland parishes in the Louisiana State Senate from 1944 to 1952 and again from 1956 to 1960
  • Anthony "Booger" McFarland, Winnsboro native; All-American football player at Louisiana State University; played in National Football League for Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Steve Pylant, former sheriff of Franklin Parish; Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, resides in Franklin Parish near Delhi in Richland Parish.
  • Regnal Wallace, Louisiana farm broadcaster of radio and television; originally from Crowville
  • James M. Stephens, 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals Judge, former 5th District Chief Judge, inventor and Baskin native.
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