Franklin County, Vermont
|Franklin County, Vermont|
St. Albans Town Hall.
Location in the U.S. state of Vermont
Vermont's location in the U.S.
|Named for||Benjamin Franklin|
|Largest city||St. Albans|
|• Total||692 sq mi (1,792 km2)|
|• Land||634 sq mi (1,642 km2)|
|• Water||58 sq mi (150 km2), 8.4%|
|• Density||76.7/sq mi (29.6/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC−5/−4|
Franklin County is a county in the state of Vermont, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 47,746. Its county seat is the city of St. Albans. It borders the Canadian province of Quebec. The county was created in 1792 and organized in 1796. Franklin County is part of the Burlington metropolitan area.
Franklin County is one of several Vermont counties created from land originally ceded by the state of New York on January 15, 1777 when Vermont declared itself to be a state distinct from New York. The land originally was contested by Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New Netherland, but it remained undelineated until July 20, 1764, when King George III established the boundary between New Hampshire and New York along the west bank of the Connecticut River, north of Massachusetts and south of the parallel of 45 degrees north latitude. New York assigned the land gained to Albany County. On March 12, 1772 Albany County was partitioned to create Charlotte County, and this situation remained until Vermont's independence from New York and Britain. However, this did not end the contest.
On September 3, 1783, as a result of the signing of the Treaty of Paris the Revolutionary War ended with Great Britain recognizing the independence of the United States. Vermont's border with Quebec was established at 45 degrees north latitude. In 1792, Franklin County was formed from part of Chittenden County.
in 2008, the federal government declared the county a disaster area after severe storms and flooding June 14–17.
Adjacent counties and municipalities
- Orleans County - east
- Lamoille County - southeast
- Chittenden County - southwest
- Grand Isle County - west
- Le Haut-Richelieu Regional County Municipality, Quebec - northwest
- Brome-Missisquoi Regional County Municipality, Quebec - north
National protected area
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 47,746 people, 18,513 households, and 12,939 families residing in the county. The population density was 75.3 inhabitants per square mile (29.1/km2). There were 21,588 housing units at an average density of 34.1 per square mile (13.2/km2). Of the 18,513 households, 34.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.7% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.1% were non-families, and 22.7% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 2.97. The median age was 39.6 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $53,623 and the median income for a family was $63,009. Males had a median income of $43,155 versus $36,940 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,767. About 7.2% of families and 10.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.8% of those under age 18 and 8.7% of those age 65 or over.
From John C. Frémont in 1856 to Herbert Hoover in 1928 (barring 1912, where the county was won by Progressive Party candidate and former president Theodore Roosevelt), the Republican Party would have a 72 year winning streak in the county.
In 1932, the county was won by Democratic candidate Franklin D. Roosevelt and would be won by him in all four of his presidential runs from 1932 to 1944. During that time, Franklin County, along with Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties would become Democratic enclaves in an otherwise Republican-voting Vermont. The county would also be won by Harry S. Truman in 1948.
The median income for a household in the county was $41,659, and the median income for a family was $46,733. Males had a median income of $32,009 versus $24,078 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,816. About 7.00% of families and 9.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.40% of those under age 18 and 10.30% of those age 65 or over.
In 2009, the county had the most dairy farms in the state, 239 out of 1,078.
Villages are census divisions, but have no separate corporate existence from the towns they are in.
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