Franklin Parish, Louisiana

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Franklin Parish, Louisiana
Franklin Parish Courthouse in Winnsboro, LA.jpg
Franklin Parish Courthouse at Winnsboro
Map of Louisiana highlighting Franklin Parish
Location in the state of Louisiana
Map of the United States highlighting Louisiana
Louisiana's location in the U.S.
Founded 1843
Named for Benjamin Franklin
Seat Winnsboro
Largest city Winnsboro
Area
 • Total 635 sq mi (1,645 km2)
 • Land 625 sq mi (1,619 km2)
 • Water 11 sq mi (28 km2), 1.7%
Population
 • (2010) 20,767
 • Density 33/sq mi (13/km²)
Congressional district 5th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Franklin Parish Veterans Memorial sign in Winnsboro, Louisiana
Franklin Parish Library in downtown Winnsboro historic district

Franklin Parish (French: Paroisse de Franklin) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 20,767.[1] The parish seat is Winnsboro.[2] The parish was founded in 1843 and named for Benjamin Franklin.[3][4]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the parish has a total area of 635 square miles (1,640 km2), of which 625 square miles (1,620 km2) is land and 11 square miles (28 km2) (1.7%) is water.[5]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent parishes[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 3,251
1860 6,162 89.5%
1870 5,078 −17.6%
1880 6,495 27.9%
1890 6,900 6.2%
1900 8,890 28.8%
1910 11,989 34.9%
1920 24,100 101.0%
1930 30,530 26.7%
1940 32,382 6.1%
1950 29,376 −9.3%
1960 26,088 −11.2%
1970 23,946 −8.2%
1980 24,141 0.8%
1990 22,387 −7.3%
2000 21,263 −5.0%
2010 20,767 −2.3%
Est. 2013 20,571 −0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 21,263 people, 7,754 households, and 5,706 families residing in the parish. The population density was 34 people per square mile (13/km²). There were 8,623 housing units at an average density of 14 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the parish was 67.16% White, 31.61% Black or African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.15% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. 0.75% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,754 households out of which 33.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.30% were married couples living together, 16.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.40% were non-families. 23.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the parish the population was spread out with 27.90% under the age of 18, 9.10% from 18 to 24, 25.80% from 25 to 44, 21.90% from 45 to 64, and 15.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 91.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.40 males.

The median income for a household in the parish was $22,964, and the median income for a family was $27,440. Males had a median income of $26,305 versus $16,758 for females. The per capita income for the parish was $12,675. About 23.10% of families and 28.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 41.40% of those under age 18 and 25.00% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Franklin Parish School Board operates local public schools. Franklin Parish High School, formerly known as Winnsboro High School, is the sole public high school in the parish.

The superintendent is Neal Lane "Lanny" Johnson, a former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from Franklin and Tensas parishes.

The parish also hosts two private Christian schools, Franklin Academy in Winnsboro, where Phil Jackson is principal and Leigh Jonson is vice principal and Family Community Christian School, where Elizabeth Rigdon is principal.

National Guard[edit]

921st Engineer Company (Horizontal) part of the 528th Engineer Battalion which belongs to the 225th Engineer Brigade is located in Winnsboro.

Communities[edit]

Map of Franklin Parish, Louisiana With Municipal Labels

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Franklin Parish". Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 131. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

Coordinates: 32°08′N 91°40′W / 32.14°N 91.67°W / 32.14; -91.67