located in west central Maine, was formed from towns and land previously belonging to Kennebec, Oxford, and Somerset counties on May 9, 1838. Smaller adjustments were made during the following fourteen years. See an 1861 map of the county in the Map Cabinet.
The county extends from Chesterville, New Sharon, and Farmington in the south, to Coburn Gore and Gorham Gore bordering the province of Quebec in the north. Its 1,700 square miles includes a campus of the University of Maine, ski resorts, and a portion of the Appalachian Trail.
Currently the county consists of the following: towns of Avon, Carrabassett Valley, Carthage, Chesterville, Eustis, Farmington, Industry, Jay, Kingfield, New Sharon, New Vineyard, Phillips, Rangeley, Salem, Strong, Temple, Weld, and Wilton; plantations of Coplin, Rangeley, and Sandy River; and several unorganized townships.
The town of Farmington is the County Seat, hosting the county government, courthouse, and the county jail.
In 2010, Franklin County was Maine’s second smallest county by population at 2.3% of the state’s total, with a census count of 30,768, a 4.4% increase over 2000.
|Geography QuickFacts||Franklin County||Maine|
|Land area, 2000 (square miles)||1,697.81||30,861.55|
|Persons per square mile, 2000||17.4||41.3|
|Metropolitan or Micropolitan Statistical Area||None|
1: Includes data not distributed by county.
(b) Hispanics may be of any race, so also are included in applicable race categories.D: Suppressed to avoid disclosure of confidential information
F: Fewer than 100 firms
FN: Footnote on this item for this area in place of data
NA: Not available
S: Suppressed; does not meet publication standards
X: Not applicable
Z: Value greater than zero but less than half unit of measure shown
Source: http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/23/23007.html (accessed April 28, 2011)