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Franklin County, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Franklin County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of USA KY
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded 1794
Named for Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790), signer of the Declaration of Independence.
Seat Franklin
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

212 sq mi (549 km²)
210 sq mi (545 km²)
2 sq mi (4 km²), 0.78%
 - (2000)
 - Density

227/sq mi (87/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Franklin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It was formed in 1795. As of 2000, the population was 47,687. Its county seat is Frankfort6, the state capital. It was named after the American inventor and statesman Benjamin Franklin. It was carved out of parts of Woodford, Mercer and Shelby counties.

Geography Edit

Franklin county ky courthouse

Franklin County Courthouse

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 549 km² (212 sq mi). 545 km² (210 sq mi) of it is land and 4 km² (2 sq mi) of it (0.78%) is water. The county seat is Frankfort, which also serves as the state capital.

Major Highways Edit

Adjacent counties Edit

Demographics Edit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1800 5,078
1810 8,013 57.8%
1820 11,024 37.6%
1830 9,254 −16.1%
1840 9,420 1.8%
1850 12,462 32.3%
1860 12,694 1.9%
1870 15,300 20.5%
1880 18,699 22.2%
1890 21,267 13.7%
1900 20,852 −2.0%
1910 21,135 1.4%
1920 19,357 −8.4%
1930 21,064 8.8%
1940 23,308 10.7%
1950 25,933 11.3%
1960 29,421 13.5%
1970 34,481 17.2%
1980 41,830 21.3%
1990 43,781 4.7%
2000 47,687 8.9%

As of the census² of 2000, there were 47,687 people, 19,907 households, and 12,840 families residing in the county. The population density was 87/km² (227/sq mi). There were 21,409 housing units at an average density of 39/km² (102/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 87.98% White, 9.36% Black or African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.72% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.55% from other races, and 1.24% from two or more races. 1.11% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 19,907 households out of which 29.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.70% were married couples living together, 12.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.50% were non-families. 30.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the county the population was spread out with 22.60% under the age of 18, 9.70% from 18 to 24, 30.50% from 25 to 44, 24.90% from 45 to 64, and 12.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 93.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $40,011, and the median income for a family was $51,052. Males had a median income of $32,826 versus $26,201 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,229. About 6.90% of families and 10.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.80% of those under age 18 and 12.20% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns Edit

Education Edit

Parks Edit

  • Capitol View Park
  • Cove Spring Park and Nature Preserve
  • Dolly Graham Park
  • East Frankfort Park
  • Juniper Hill Park and Golf Course
  • Lakeview Park
  • Leslie Morris Park on Fort Hill: 120 acres of woodland overlooking downtown Frankfort. Contains a system of trails that guides visitors through the remains of earthwork forts that served as the main defensive position for Union troops protecting the city during an 1864 Civil War skirmish.
  • Riverview Park
  • Todd Park

Coordinates: 38°14′N 84°53′W / 38.24, -84.88

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