Franklin County, North Carolina

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Franklin County, North Carolina
Seal of Franklin County, North Carolina
Seal
Motto: LEGES JURAQUE VINDICAMUS
"We Defend Laws and Justice"
Map of North Carolina highlighting Franklin County
Location in the state of North Carolina
Map of the United States highlighting North Carolina
North Carolina's location in the U.S.
Founded 1779
Named for Benjamin Franklin
Seat Louisburg
Largest town Louisburg
Area
 • Total 495 sq mi (1,282 km2)
 • Land 492 sq mi (1,274 km2)
 • Water 3 sq mi (8 km2), 0.52%
Population
 • (2010) 60,619
 • Density 96/sq mi (37/km²)
Congressional districts 1st, 13th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.franklincountync.us

Franklin County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 60,619.[1] Its county seat is Louisburg.[2]

Franklin County is included in the Raleigh, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC Combined Statistical Area, which had a 2012 estimated population of 1,998,808.[3]

History[edit]

The county was formed in 1779 from the southern half of Bute County. It is named for Benjamin Franklin.[4] It is a part of the Research Triangle.

County formation timeline[edit]

  • 1664 Albemarle County formed (original, extinct)
  • 1668 Albemarle County subdivided into Carteret, Berkeley, & Shaftesbury Precincts
  • 1681 Shaftesbury Precinct renamed Chowan Precinct
  • 1722 Bertie Precinct formed from Chowan Precinct
  • 1739 Bertie Precinct becomes Bertie County
  • 1741 Edgecombe County formed from Bertie County
  • 1746 Granville County formed from Edgecombe County
  • 1754 Creation of Bertie Precinct, Edgecombe County, & Granville County repealed by King George II, in Privy Council
  • 1756 Bertie, Edgecombe, & Granville re-created
  • 1764 Bute County (extinct) formed from Granville County
  • 1779 Franklin County formed from Bute County (extinct)
  • 1787 Franklin County gains land from Wake County
  • 1875 Franklin County gains land from Granville County
  • 1881 Franklin County loses land to help form Vance County

County song[edit]

The "Franklin County Song" was selected in a 1929 contest by the county historical association as the song most suitable for public occasions. The words were written by Fred U. Wolfe, an agriculture teacher at Gold Sand. Sung to the tune "Maryland, My Maryland" ("O Christmas Tree"), the song was incorporated in the Bicentennial programs of 1979. At the evening convocation of January 29, Mrs. Beth Norris announced to the audience that Wolfe (retired and residing in North, South Carolina) was aware his song was part of the program that night. (See Franklin Times, January 30, 1979.)[5]

With loyalty we sing thy praise,
Glory to thy honored name!
Our voices loud in tribute raise,
Making truth thy pow'r proclaim.
Thy past is marked with vict'ry bold;
Thy deeds today can ne'er be told,
And heroes brave shall e'er uphold
Franklin's name forevermore.

We love thy rich and fruitful soil,
Wood, and stream, and thriving town.
We love the gift of daily toil,
Making men of true renown.
Thy church and school shall ever stand
To drive the darkness from our land—
A true and loyal, valiant band,
Sons of Franklin evermore.

A shrine of promise, pow'r and truth,
Lasting righteousness and peace,
A land of hope for toiling youth,
Yielding songs that never cease.
Let ev'ry son and daughter stay
The hand of vice that brings decay.
When duty's voice we shall obey,
Franklin's name shall live for aye.

Law and government[edit]

Franklin County is a member of the Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments.

Education[edit]

Franklin County is home to the two-year Methodist-affiliated Louisburg College and to a satellite campus of Vance-Granville Community College.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 495 square miles (1,282.0 km2), of which 492 square miles (1,274.3 km2) is land and 3 square miles (7.8 km2) (0.52%) is water.[6]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 7,502
1800 8,529 13.7%
1810 10,166 19.2%
1820 9,741 −4.2%
1830 10,665 9.5%
1840 10,980 3.0%
1850 11,713 6.7%
1860 14,107 20.4%
1870 14,134 0.2%
1880 20,829 47.4%
1890 21,090 1.3%
1900 25,116 19.1%
1910 24,692 −1.7%
1920 26,667 8.0%
1930 29,456 10.5%
1940 30,382 3.1%
1950 31,341 3.2%
1960 28,755 −8.3%
1970 26,820 −6.7%
1980 30,055 12.1%
1990 36,414 21.2%
2000 47,260 29.8%
2010 60,619 28.3%
Est. 2013 62,260 2.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 47,260 people, 17,843 households, and 12,882 families residing in the county. The population density was 96 people per square mile (37/km²). There were 20,364 housing units at an average density of 41 per square mile (16/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 66.00% White, 30.03% Black or African American, 0.44% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.29% from other races, and 0.91% from two or more races. 4.44% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 17,843 households out of which 33.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.50% were married couples living together, 13.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.80% were non-families. 23.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.30% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 32.40% from 25 to 44, 22.90% from 45 to 64, and 11.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,968, and the median income for a family was $44,540. Males had a median income of $31,543 versus $24,568 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,562. About 10.00% of families and 12.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.10% of those under age 18 and 16.70% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Map of Franklin County, North Carolina With Municipal and Township Labels

Townships[edit]

The county is divided into ten townships: Cedar Rock, Cypress Creek, Dunn (not Bunn as many may think although the Town of Bunn is located within that township), Franklinton, Gold Mine, Harris, Hayesville, Louisburg, Sandy Creek, and Youngsville.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates 2012 Combined Statistical Areas: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 131. 
  5. ^ Willard, George-Anne. Franklin County Sketchbook. Louisburg, NC: Franklin County-Louisburg Bicentenary Committee, 1982.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved October 19, 2013. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 36°05′N 78°17′W / 36.08°N 78.28°W / 36.08; -78.28