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Franklin County (county code FR) is a county located in East Central Kansasmarker, in the Central United Statesmarker. The county's population—one of the fastest growing in the state of Kansas—was estimated to be 26,513 in the year 2006. Its county seat and most populous city is Ottawamarker. The county is a part of the Kansas City Metropolitan Areamarker.

History

Franklin County was one of the 33 original Kansas Territory counties created by the first Territorial Legislature of 1855. The county was named after Benjamin Franklin, and is rich in Native American lore, which dates back centuries before Kansas became a territory. The area was included in a treaty ceding land to the Osage Nation in 1808, and ceded back to the federal government in 1825. After 1825 and prior to 1867, treaties with various Indian nations set off parts of what was later to become Franklin County for their use.

Law and government

Following amendment to the Kansas Constitution in 1986, the county remained a prohibition, or "dry", county until 1994, when voters approved the sale of alcoholic liquor by the individual drink with a 30% food sales requirement.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 577 square miles (1,494 km²), of which 574 square miles (1,486 km²) is land and 3 square miles (7 km²), or 0.49%, is water.

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Adjacent counties



Demographics

Franklin County's population was estimated to be 26,513 in the year 2006, an increase of 1639, or +6.6%, over the previous six years; it has the fifth fastest growing population in the state.

As of the U.S. Census in 2000, there were 24,784 people, 9,452 households, and 6,720 families residing in the county. The population density was 43 people per square mile (17/km²). There were 10,229 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.05% White, 1.21% Black or African American, 0.94% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.78% from other races, and 1.71% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.62% of the population.



There were 9,452 households out of which 34.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.10% were married couples living together, 8.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.90% were non-families. 24.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.30% 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 3.04.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.50% under the age of 18, 8.90% from 18 to 24, 28.30% from 25 to 44, 21.20% from 45 to 64, and 14.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 98.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,052, and the median income for a family was $45,197. Males had a median income of $31,223 versus $22,992 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,311. About 5.60% of families and 7.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.40% of those under age 18 and 7.30% of those age 65 or over.

Notable natives



Cities and towns



Incorporated cities

Name and population (2005 estimate):

Unincorporated places

  • Centropolis
  • Homewood
  • Imes
  • LeLoupmarker
  • Norwood
  • Peoria
  • Ransomville
  • Richter


Townships

Franklin County is divided into sixteen townships. The city of Ottawamarker is considered governmentally independent and is excluded from the census figures for the townships. In the following table, the population center is the largest city (or cities) included in that township's population total, if it is of a significant size.

Township FIPS Population
center
Population Population
density
/km² (/sq mi)

Land area
km² (sq mi)
Water area
km² (sq mi)
Water % Geographic coordinates
Appanoose 02075 293 4 (10) 77 (30) 0 (0) 0.10%
Centropolis 12475 997 9 (25) 105 (41) 0 (0) 0.34%
Cutler 16900 Rantoulmarker 856 8 (20) 111 (43) 1 (0) 0.68%
Franklin 24375 Wellsvillemarker 2,552 28 (72) 91 (35) 0 (0) 0.52%
Greenwood 28750 429 5 (14) 79 (30) 0 (0) 0.08%
Harrison 30300 445 6 (16) 71 (27) 1 (0) 0.84%
Hayes 30925 397 5 (13) 77 (30) 0 (0) 0.36%
Homewood 33000 493 6 (16) 78 (30) 0 (0) 0.26%
Lincoln 40700 797 10 (26) 78 (30) 0 (0) 0.31%
Ohio 52350 Princetonmarker 783 7 (19) 108 (42) 1 (0) 1.05%
Ottawa 53575 868 8 (20) 111 (43) 0 (0) 0.33%
Peoria 55425 626 7 (18) 92 (36) 0 (0) 0.20%
Pomona 57025 Pomonamarker 1,174 22 (56) 54 (21) 0 (0) 0.30%
Pottawatomie 57225 Lanemarker 669 7 (17) 101 (39) 0 (0) 0.46%
Richmond 59700 Richmondmarker 812 9 (23) 91 (35) 0 (0) 0.50%
Williamsburg 79325 Williamsburgmarker 672 5 (12) 145 (56) 1 (1) 0.95%
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