Franklin County, Maine

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Franklin County, Maine
Franklin County Courthouse Farmington 5.JPG
Franklin County Courthouse
Map of Maine highlighting Franklin County
Location in the state of Maine
Map of the United States highlighting Maine
Maine's location in the U.S.
Founded May 9, 1838
Named for Benjamin Franklin
Seat Farmington
Largest town Farmington
Area
 • Total 1,743 sq mi (4,514 km2)
 • Land 1,697 sq mi (4,395 km2)
 • Water 47 sq mi (122 km2), 2.7%
Population
 • (2010) 30,768
 • Density 18/sq mi (7/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Franklin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Maine. As of the 2010 census, the population was 30,768,[1] making it the second-least populous county in Maine. Its county seat is Farmington.[2] The county was established on 9 May 1838 and named for Benjamin Franklin.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,743 square miles (4,510 km2), of which 1,697 square miles (4,400 km2) is land and 47 square miles (120 km2) (2.7%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties and municipalities[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 20,801
1850 20,027 −3.7%
1860 20,403 1.9%
1870 18,807 −7.8%
1880 18,180 −3.3%
1890 17,053 −6.2%
1900 18,444 8.2%
1910 19,119 3.7%
1920 19,825 3.7%
1930 19,941 0.6%
1940 19,896 −0.2%
1950 20,682 4.0%
1960 20,069 −3.0%
1970 22,444 11.8%
1980 27,098 20.7%
1990 29,008 7.0%
2000 29,467 1.6%
2010 30,768 4.4%
Est. 2013 30,495 −0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 29,467 people, 11,806 households, and 7,744 families residing in the county. The population density was 17 people per square mile (7/km²). There were 19,159 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.96% White, 0.24% Black or African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 0.81% from two or more races. 0.54% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 26.3% were of English, 13.8% United States or American, 12.2% French, 9.2% Irish, 7.9% French Canadian, and 5.3% Scottish ancestry according to Census 2000. 95.7% spoke English and 2.9% French as their first language.

There were 11,806 households out of which 29.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.40% were married couples living together, 9.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.40% were non-families. 25.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.50% under the age of 18, 11.10% from 18 to 24, 26.40% from 25 to 44, 24.80% from 45 to 64, and 14.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 93.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,459, and the median income for a family was $37,863. Males had a median income of $30,475 versus $20,442 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,796. About 10.70% of families and 14.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.90% of those under age 18 and 9.50% of those age 65 or over.

Politics[edit]

Presidential election results[10]
Year Democrat Republican
2012 58.2% 8,659 38.7% 5,753
2008 58.9% 10,113 38.6% 6,627
2004 54.8% 9,465 42.7% 7,378
2000 49.2% 7,593 41.8% 6,459

Communities[edit]

Smalls Falls Rest Area on Route 4 just south of Rangeley, Maine

Towns[edit]

Plantations[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Unorganized territories[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 131. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  10. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Retrieved 2011-06-11. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 44°59′N 70°26′W / 44.98°N 70.44°W / 44.98; -70.44