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Franklin County

Map of Maine Counties and Baxter Park

Map of Maine Counties and Baxter Park

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 slopes, 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.

Franklin County Courthouse (2003)

Franklin County Courthouse (2003)

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.

People QuickFacts (updated November 4, 2010) Franklin County Maine
Population, 2009 estimate 29,735 1,318,301
Population, percent change, April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2009 0.9% 3.4%
Population estimates base (April 1) 2000 29,464 1,274,915
Persons under 5 years old, percent, 2009 5.0% 5.4%
Persons under 18 years old, percent, 2009 19.4% 20.6%
Persons 65 years old and over, percent, 2009 14.6% 15.6%
Female persons, percent, 2009 51.6% 51.2%
White persons, percent, 2009 (a) 97.6% 96.1%
Black persons, percent, 2009 (a) 0.4% 1.2%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2009 (a) 0.4% 0.6%
Asian persons, percent, 2009 (a) 0.6% 1.0%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent, 2009 (a) Z Z
Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2009 1.0% 1.1%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2009 (b) 0.8% 1.4%
White persons not Hispanic, percent, 2009 96.8% 94.9%
Living in same house in 1995 and 2000, pct 5 yrs old & over 62.1% 59.6%
Foreign born persons, percent, 2000 1.6% 2.9%
Language other than English spoken at home, pct age 5+, 2000 4.9% 7.8%
High school graduates, percent of persons age 25+, 2000 85.2% 85.4%
Bachelor’s degree or higher, pct of persons age 25+, 2000 20.9% 22.9%
Persons with a disability, age 5+, 2000 5,501 237,910
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16+, 2000 23.2 22.7
Housing units, 2009 20,514 704,578
Homeownership rate, 2000 76.1% 71.6%
Housing units in multi-unit structures, percent, 2000 14.9% 20.3%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2000 $78,300 $98,700
Households, 2000 11,806 518,200
Persons per household, 2000 2.40 2.39
Median household income, 2008 $36,405 $46,419
Per capita money income, 1999 $15,796 $19,533
Persons below poverty level, percent, 2008 17.5% 12.6%
Business QuickFacts Franklin County Maine
Private nonfarm establishments, 2008 826 41,7551
Private nonfarm employment, 2008 9,841 509,0931
Private nonfarm employment, percent change 2000-2008 -6.6% 3.5%1
Nonemployer establishments, 2008 2,597 113,522
Total number of firms, 2002 3,130 135,410
Black-owned firms, percent, 2002 F 0.2%
American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms, percent, 2002 F 0.5%
Asian-owned firms, percent, 2002 F 0.6%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms, percent, 2002 F S
Hispanic-owned firms, percent, 2002 F 0.5%
Women-owned firms, percent, 2002 21.7% 24.0%
Manufacturers shipments, 2002 ($1000) 623,545 13,851,915
Wholesale trade sales, 2002 ($1000) 42,496 10,371,084
Retail sales, 2002 ($1000) 295,273 16,053,515
Retail sales per capita, 2002 $9,932 $12,370
Accommodation and foodservices sales, 2002 ($1000) 38,876 2,045,841
Building permits, 2009 53 3,1211
Federal spending, 2008 188,450 11,974,3611
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
FIPS Code 007 23
Metropolitan or Micropolitan Statistical Area None

1: Includes data not distributed by county.

(a) Includes persons reporting only one race.
(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 shownSource:  http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/23/23007.html (accessed April 28, 2011)



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