Franklin County, Kentucky
|Franklin County, Kentucky|
Franklin County courthouse in Frankfort
Location in the state of Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
|Founded||May 10, 1795|
|Named for||Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790), signer of the Declaration of Independence.|
212.11 sq mi (549 km²)
210.46 sq mi (545 km²)
1.65 sq mi (4 km²), 0.78%
227/sq mi (88/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 from parts of Woodford, Mercer and Shelby counties. As of 2007, its population was 48,183. Its county seat is Frankfort, the state capital. It was named after the American inventor and statesman Benjamin Franklin. Franklin County is part of the Frankfort micropolitan area.
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.
Major highways 
- 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 
- Owen County (north)
- Scott County (east)
- Woodford County (southeast)
- Anderson County (south)
- Shelby County (west)
- Henry County (northwest)
Government and politics 
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Franklin County's voter registration is overwhelmingly Democratic. Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by a ratio of more than 4 to 1. 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.
As of the census 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 
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)
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:
- Second Street School (grades K-6)
- Frankfort High School (grades 7-12)
- Private Schools
- Capital Day School (grades PreK-8)
- Frankfort Christian Academy (grades K-12)
- Good Shepherd Catholic School (grades PreK-8)
- Postsecondary Schools
- 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 
- "Kentucky: County - Franklin - Welcome". Franklincounty.ky.gov. Retrieved 2011-12-11.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- Rennick, Robert M. (1987). "Kentucky Place Names". University Press of Kentucky. p. 109. Retrieved 2013-04-28.
- "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
- "Kentucky State Board of Elections Welcome to the State Board of Elections". Elect.ky.gov. Retrieved 2011-12-11.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.