Franklin County, Alabama

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Franklin County, Alabama
Franklin County Courthouse in Russelville, Alabama.jpg
Franklin County Courthouse in Russelville, Alabama
Map of Alabama highlighting Franklin County
Location in the U.S. state of Alabama
Map of the United States highlighting Alabama
Alabama's location in the U.S.
Founded February 6, 1818
Named for Benjamin Franklin
Seat Russellville
Largest city Russellville
Area
 • Total 647 sq mi (1,676 km2)
 • Land 634 sq mi (1,642 km2)
 • Water 13 sq mi (34 km2), 2.0%
Population (est.)
 • (2016) 31,628
 • Density 57/sq mi (22/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.franklincountyal.org

Footnotes:  

  • County Number 33 on Alabama Licence Plates

Franklin County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. As of the 2010 census, the population was 31,704.[1] Its county seat is Russellville.[2] Its name is in honor of Benjamin Franklin, famous statesman, scientist, and printer.[3] It is a dry county, although the city of Russellville is wet.

History[edit]

Franklin County was established on February 6, 1818.

Colbert County[edit]

Colbert County was originally established on February 6, 1867 after it split from Franklin County over political issues after the American Civil War. It was abolished eight months later by an Alabama constitutional convention and then reestablished on February 24, 1870.[4]

Musical history[edit]

Many musicians and songwriters are from Franklin County including Billy Sherrill, Tammy Wynette, Ricky Pierce, Eddie Martin, Kerry Gilbert, and many others.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 647 square miles (1,680 km2), of which 634 square miles (1,640 km2) is land and 13 square miles (34 km2) (2.0%) is water.[5]

Adjacent Counties[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Major Highways[edit]

Rail[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 4,988
1830 11,078 122.1%
1840 14,270 28.8%
1850 19,610 37.4%
1860 18,627 −5.0%
1870 8,006 −57.0%
1880 9,155 14.4%
1890 10,681 16.7%
1900 16,511 54.6%
1910 19,369 17.3%
1920 22,011 13.6%
1930 25,372 15.3%
1940 27,552 8.6%
1950 25,705 −6.7%
1960 21,988 −14.5%
1970 23,933 8.8%
1980 28,350 18.5%
1990 27,814 −1.9%
2000 31,223 12.3%
2010 31,704 1.5%
Est. 2016 31,628 [6] −0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790–1960[8] 1900–1990[9]
1990–2000[10] 2010–2016[1]

2000[edit]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 31,223 people, 12,259 households, and 8,949 families residing in the county. The population density was 49 people per square mile (19/km2). There were 13,749 housing units at an average density of 22 per square mile (8/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 89.68% White (non-Hispanic), 4.21% Black or African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 4.62% from other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. 5.82% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 12,259 households out of which 32.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.20% were married couples living together, 10.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.00% were non-families. 24.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.50% under the age of 18, 9.20% from 18 to 24, 28.00% from 25 to 44, 23.40% from 45 to 64, and 14.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 96.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,177, and the median income for a family was $34,274. Males had a median income of $27,497 versus $18,631 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,814. About 15.20% of families and 18.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.60% of those under age 18 and 24.10% of those age 65 or over.

2010[edit]

As of the census[12] of 2010, there were 31,704 people, 12,286 households, and 8,741 families residing in the county. The population density was 57 people per square mile (22km2). There were 14,022 housing units at an average density of 21.7 per square mile (8/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 83.0% White (non-Hispanic), 3.9% Black or African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 10.5% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. 14.9% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 12,286 households out of which 30.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.5% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.9% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.05

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.8% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 25.3% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37.8 years. For every 100 females there were 99.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.3 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,942, and the median income for a family was $44,352. Males had a median income of $31,997 versus $22,747 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,094. About 14.9% of families and 19.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.2% of those under age 18 and 13.2% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

There are two school systems in Franklin County; Russellville City Schools and Franklin County Schools.

Russellville City Schools[13] include:

  • Russellville High School
  • Russellville Middle School
  • Russellville Elementary School (grades 3 - 5)
  • West Elementary School (grades Kindergarten - 2)

Franklin County Schools[14] include:

  • Belgreen High School (grades K - 12)
  • East Franklin Junior High School (grades K - 9)
  • Phil Campbell High School (two separate buildings serving grades K - 12)
  • Red Bay High School (grades K - 12)
  • Tharptown High School (grades K-12)
  • Vina High School (grades K - 12)

There is also the Franklin County Career-Technical Center, located next to Belgreen High School.

Government[edit]

Franklin County, Alabama
vote by party in presidential elections [15]
Year GOP DNC Others
2016 78.6% 9,466 18.3% 2,197 3.1% 377
2012 69.5% 7,567 29.1% 3,171 1.3% 143
2008 68.8% 8,048 29.7% 3,469 1.5% 176
2004 62.7% 7,690 36.8% 4,514 0.5% 65
2000 55.1% 6,119 43.2% 4,793 1.7% 191
1996 42.4% 4,449 48.0% 5,028 9.6% 1,005
1992 40.4% 4,794 50.2% 5,953 9.4% 1,111
1988 50.3% 5,146 48.4% 4,961 1.3% 134
1984 52.9% 5,304 45.9% 4,601 1.2% 122
1980 41.3% 4,448 57.0% 6,136 1.7% 179
1976 34.4% 3,345 64.6% 6,279 1.0% 97
1972 75.2% 5,877 23.6% 1,840 1.2% 95
1968 27.8% 2,524 6.5% 588 65.8% 5,984
1964 56.4% 4,025 43.6% 3,110
1960 54.2% 4,069 45.6% 3,422 0.2% 16
1956 50.2% 3,399 49.6% 3,354 0.2% 16
1952 41.1% 2,424 58.7% 3,461 0.1% 8
1948 44.1% 2,555 55.9% 3,239
1944 40.6% 1,853 59.3% 2,709 0.1% 6
1940 36.0% 1,989 63.7% 3,523 0.4% 21
1936 37.8% 1,875 61.6% 3,059 0.6% 30
1932 34.7% 1,547 64.5% 2,876 0.8% 34
1928 56.2% 2,937 43.6% 2,279 0.1% 6
1924 1.1% 22 95.7% 1,985 3.3% 68
1920 57.6% 2,930 41.2% 2,094 1.3% 65
1916 47.4% 984 50.3% 1,044 2.2% 46
1912 17.1% 309 47.1% 849 35.8% 645
1908 47.8% 652 47.7% 650 4.5% 61
1904 44.3% 668 50.9% 767 4.8% 72

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

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Census-designated places[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 17, 2014. Retrieved May 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 131. 
  4. ^ "Colbert County Website". Retrieved 2007-05-16. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 22, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved August 22, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 22, 2015. 
  9. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 24, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 22, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved August 22, 2015. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  12. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  13. ^ "Russellville City Schools Website". 
  14. ^ "Franklin County Schools Website". 
  15. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Retrieved November 16, 2016. 

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Coordinates: 34°26′N 87°51′W / 34.433°N 87.850°W / 34.433; -87.850