Franklin County, Kentucky

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Franklin County, Kentucky
Franklin county ky courthouse.jpg
Franklin County courthouse in Frankfort
Map of Kentucky highlighting Franklin County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the United States highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Founded May 10, 1795[1]
Named for Benjamin Franklin
Seat Frankfort
Largest city Frankfort
Area
 • Total 212.11 sq mi (549 km2)
 • Land 210.46 sq mi (545 km2)
 • Water 1.65 sq mi (4 km2), 0.78%
Population
 • (2010) 49,285
 • Density 227/sq mi (88/km²)
Congressional district 6th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website franklincounty.ky.gov

Franklin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 49,285.[2] Its county seat is Frankfort,[3] the state capital. The county was formed in 1795 from parts of Woodford, Mercer and Shelby counties, and was named after the American inventor and statesman Benjamin Franklin.[4]

Franklin County is part of the Frankfort micropolitan area.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 212.11 square miles (549.4 km2), of which 210.46 square miles (545.1 km2) (or 99.22%) is land and 1.65 square miles (4.3 km2) (or 0.78%) is water.[5]

Major highways[edit]

  • Interstate 64
  • US 127 (Owenton Rd., West Frankfort-Plaza Connector, Lawrenceburg Rd.)
  • US 60 (Louisville Rd., Versailles Rd.)
  • KY 676 (East-West Connector)

Adjacent counties[edit]

History[edit]

The three original counties of Kentucky (Jefferson, Fayette and Lincoln counties) intersected in what is today Franklin County. Franklin County was established in 1795 from land given by Mercer, Shelby, and Woodford counties.[6] Franklin was the 18th Kentucky county in order of formation.[7]

Government and politics[edit]

Franklin County's voter registration is overwhelmingly Democratic. Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by a ratio of more than 4 to 1.[8] However, in national elections the county has supported both Democrats and Republicans. In 2000 Democrat Al Gore won 50% of the vote to Republican George W. Bush's 47%. In 2004, Bush won 50% of the vote to Democrat John Kerry's 48%. In 2008 Republican John McCain defeated Democrat Barack Obama 49.47% to 48.87%, a difference of only 144 votes.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
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%
2010 49,285 3.4%
Est. 2012 49,804 1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
2012 Estimate[10]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 47,687 people, 19,907 households, and 12,840 families residing in the county. The population density was 227 per square mile (88 /km2). There were 21,409 housing units at an average density of 102 per square mile (39 /km2). 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.

22.60% of the population was 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]

Franklin County Public Schools

This district takes in almost all of the county, including the majority of the city of Frankfort. It operates the following schools:

  • Bridgeport Elementary School (grades K-5)
  • Collins Lane Elementary School (grades K-5)
  • Early Childhood Education Center (grades K-1)
  • Elkhorn Elementary School (grades 2-5)
  • Hearn Elementary School (grades 2-5)
  • Peaks Mill Elementary School (grades 2-5)
  • Westridge Elementary School (grades K-5)
  • Bondurant Middle School (grades 6-8)
  • Elkhorn Middle School (grades 6-8)
  • Franklin County High School (grades 9-12)
  • Western Hills High School (grades 9-12)
Frankfort Independent Schools

This district serves an area roughly covering the Frankfort neighborhoods known as "downtown", South Frankfort (the vicinity of the state capitol building), and Bellepoint. It operates two schools:

Private Schools
Postsecondary Schools

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 (0.49 km2) of woodland overlooking downtown Frankfort. It contains trails that guide visitors through the remains of earthwork forts that were the main defensive position for Union troops protecting the city during an 1864 Civil War skirmish.
  • Riverview Park
  • Todd Park

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kentucky: County - Franklin - Welcome". Franklincounty.ky.gov. Retrieved 2011-12-11. 
  2. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Volume 1. Kentucky State Historical Society. 1903. p. 35. 
  5. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  6. ^ Hogan, Roseann Reinemuth (1992). Kentucky Ancestry: A Guide to Genealogical and Historical Research. Ancestry Publishing. p. 232. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  7. ^ Collins, Lewis (1882). Collins' Historical Sketches of Kentucky: History of Kentucky, Volume 2. Collins & Company. p. 26. 
  8. ^ "Kentucky State Board of Elections Welcome to the State Board of Elections". Elect.ky.gov. Retrieved 2011-12-11. 
  9. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.