Franklin County, Texas
|Franklin County, Texas|
The Franklin County Courthouse in Mt.Vernon undergoing renovation in 2012
Location in the state of Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
|Largest town||Mount Vernon|
|• Total||295 sq mi (764 km2)|
|• Land||284 sq mi (736 km2)|
|• Water||10 sq mi (26 km2), 3.5%|
|• Density||37/sq mi (14/km²)|
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Franklin County was established in 1875 from land given by Titus County. Although the origin of the county's name is not recorded, it is generally believed to have been named after Judge Benjamin C. Franklin, the first appointed justice in the Republic of Texas.
There are two historic properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Franklin County.
Franklin County was one of the last 30 prohibition, or entirely dry, counties in the state of Texas. Citizens of its county seat, Mount Vernon, voted to allow beer and wine sales, both on and off premise in May 2013.
- Red River County (north)
- Titus County (east)
- Camp County (southeast)
- Wood County (south)
- Hopkins County (west)
- Delta County (northwest)
As of the census of 2000, there were 9,458 people, 3,754 households, and 2,732 families residing in the county. The population density was 33 people per square mile (13/km²). There were 5,132 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 89.19% White, 3.94% Black or African American, 0.63% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 5.14% from other races, and 0.88% from two or more races. 8.90% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 3,754 households out of which 30.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.90% were married couples living together, 8.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.20% were non-families. 24.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the county, the population was spread out with 24.30% under the age of 18, 7.30% from 18 to 24, 24.80% from 25 to 44, 25.00% from 45 to 64, and 18.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 94.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.80 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $31,955, and the median income for a family was $37,064. Males had a median income of $28,806 versus $19,361 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,563. About 12.50% of families and 15.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.20% of those under age 18 and 12.30% of those age 65 or over.
Franklin County is represented in the Texas House of Representatives by the Republican George Lavender of Texarkana, Texas (Tx.HR Dist. 1). They are represented in the Texas Senate by Republican Kevin Eltife of Tyler, Texas (Tx. Sen. Dist. 1). They are part of the Fourth Congressional District of Texas, represented by Republican U.S. Congressman Ralph Hall of Rockwall, Texas, who has served since 1980.
According to a study ordered by the Mount Vernon Economic Development Corporation in 2013, the local retail trade area population is 12,771 people. The county has 720 homes valued at $200,000 or more, 70 homes of $500,000 or more, and 72 homes valued at more than $1,000,000. Most of these homes are centered around Lake Cypress Springs, which was twice voted the Most Beautiful Lake in Texas by the readers of Dallas' "D" magazine(2005, 2010). The lake is located about 10 miles south of Mount Vernon. The EDC study determined the average sale price of lakefront property on Lake Cypress Springs (2012) was $484,000, with 91 percent of the 1,400 water-front homes being second residences. This concentration of second residences causes the population of the county to increase between 3,000 and 8,000 people on weekends and during holidays, according to estimates by the Franklin County Water District, which oversees the lake and its visitors.
The following school districts serve Franklin County:
- Mount Vernon ISD
- Rivercrest ISD (partly in Red River, Titus counties)
- Saltillo ISD (mostly in Hopkins County)
- Sulphur Bluff ISD (mostly in Hopkins County)
- Winnsboro ISD (mostly in Wood County, small portion in Hopkins County)
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- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
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- Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 131.
- "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
- "Texas Almanac: Population History of Counties from 1850–2010" (PDF). Texas Almanac. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
- Franklin County government's website
- Franklin County Genealogical Society
- Franklin County from the Handbook of Texas Online
||Delta County||Red River County|
|Hopkins County||Titus County|
|Wood County||Camp County|