Franklin County (Virginia)

Franklin County is a county located in the state of Virginia in the United States. In the 2000 census, the county had 47 286 inhabitants and a population density of 26 inhabitants per square kilometer. The administrative headquarters ( County Seat) is Rocky Mount. The county is one of the Dry counties, which means that the sale of alcohol is restricted or prohibited.


Franklin County is located in the central southwest Virginia, is located in the south about 40 miles from North Carolina and has an area of 1843 square kilometers, of which 50 square kilometers are water surface. The County is divided into several districts: Blackwater, Blue Ridge, Boones Mill, Gills Creek, Rocky Mount, Snow Creek, Union Hall, Ferrum, Glade Hill and Penhook It borders clockwise to the following counties: Bedford County, Pittsylvania County, Henry County, Patrick County, Floyd County and Roanoke County.


Made it in 1785 from parts of Bedford County, Henry County and Patrick County. It was named after one of the founding fathers of the United States Benjamin Franklin. The county was the home of Confederate General Jubal Anderson Early, and Booker T. Washington, a slave who was to become one of the most important representatives of human rights. Posey Rorer, a major country artist, also comes from the Franklin County.

Demographic data

1900-1990 2000

According to the census in 2000 lived in Franklin County 47 286 people in 18,963 households and 13,918 families. The population density was 26 people per square kilometer. The racial the population was made ​​up of 88.95 percent White, 9.35 percent African American, 0.19 percent Native American, 0.36 percent Asian, 0.02 percent of residents from the Pacific Islander and 0.42 percent from other races groups; 0.71 percent were descended from two or more races. 1.21 percent of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 18,963 households out of which 29.1 percent have children under the age of 18 living with them. 60.1 percent were married couples living together, 9.4 percent were single mothers, 26.6 percent were non-families, 22.6 percent of all households and 8.9 percent had someone living alone at the age of 65 years or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.84 persons.

Based on the county the population was spread from 22.2 percent population under 18 years, 8.1 percent between 18 and 24 years, 28.2 percent between 25 and 44 years, 27.2 percent between 45 and 64 years and 14.3 percent were 65 years old or older. The average age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 97.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.3 men statistically.

The median income for a household was $ 38,056, and the median income for a family was $ 45,163. Males had a median income of $ 29,807, women $ 22,215. The per capita income was $ 19,605. 7.3 percent of families and 9.7 percent of the population lived below the poverty line. Of these, 12.7 percent were children or adolescents under age 18 and 9.8 percent of those 65 years.