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Franklin County, Arkansas
Map of Arkansas highlighting Franklin County
Location in the state of Arkansas
Map of the U.S. highlighting Arkansas
Arkansas's location in the U.S.
Founded December 19, 1837
Seat Ozark (northern district);
Charleston (southern district)
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

619.69 sq mi (1,605 km²)
609.55 sq mi (1,579 km²)
10.13 sq mi (26 km²), 1.63%
 - (2010)
 - Density

30/sq mi (11.47/km²)

Franklin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. It is part of the Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of 2010, the population was 18,125. The county has two county seats, Charleston and Ozark.[1] Franklin County was formed on December 19, 1837, and named for Benjamin Franklin, American statesman. To the north of the Arkansas River, which bisects Franklin County, the county is wet and alcohol is sold in liquor stores, bars and local vineyards. To the south of the Arkansas River, the county is dry.


Franklin County was carved out of Crawford County in December 1837. At that time, Franklin was significantly larger than it is at present, encompassing part of present-day Logan County which was formed in 1871.

Initially, the county had a single courthouse at Ozark. Later, after complaints about how difficult it was to cross the river at times, a second courthouse was established at Charleston, sometime in the 1890s.

The reality television show, The Simple Life, starring Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton was filmed in Altus in 2003.


According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 619.69 square miles (1,605.0 km2), of which 609.55 square miles (1,578.7 km2) (or 98.36%) is land and 10.13 square miles (26.2 km2) (or 1.63%) is water.[2]

Major highways[]

  • I-40 (AR).svg Interstate 40
  • US 64.svg U.S. Highway 64
  • Arkansas 22.svg Highway 22
  • Arkansas 23.svg Highway 23
  • Arkansas 41.svg Highway 41
  • Arkansas 60.svg Highway 60
  • Arkansas 96.svg Highway 96

Adjacent counties[]

National protected area[]

  • Ozark National Forest (part)


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 2,665
1850 3,972 49.0%
1860 7,298 83.7%
1870 9,627 31.9%
1880 14,951 55.3%
1890 19,934 33.3%
1900 17,395 −12.7%
1910 20,638 18.6%
1920 19,364 −6.2%
1930 15,762 −18.6%
1940 15,683 −0.5%
1950 12,358 −21.2%
1960 10,213 −17.4%
1970 11,301 10.7%
1980 14,705 30.1%
1990 14,897 1.3%
2000 17,771 19.3%
2010 18,125 2.0%

Age pyramid Franklin County[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 17,771 people, 6,882 households, and 4,961 families residing in the county. The population density was 29 people per square mile (11/km²). There were 7,673 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.17% White, 0.62% Black or African American, 0.80% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.74% from other races, and 1.35% from two or more races. 1.74% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,882 households out of which 32.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.20% were married couples living together, 8.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.90% were non-families. 24.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.80% under the age of 18, 8.50% from 18 to 24, 26.70% from 25 to 44, 23.20% from 45 to 64, and 15.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 98.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,848, and the median income for a family was $36,189. Males had a median income of $27,907 versus $18,822 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,616. About 10.60% of families and 15.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.20% of those under age 18 and 15.70% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[]

  • Altus
  • Branch
  • Charleston
  • Denning
  • Ozark
  • Wiederkehr Village


Townships in Arkansas are the divisions of a county. Each township includes unincorporated areas and some may have incorporated towns or cities within part of their space. Townships have limited purposes in modern times. However, the US Census does list Arkansas population based on townships (often referred to as "minor civil divisions"). Townships are also of value for historical purposes in terms of genealogical research. Each town or city is within one or more townships in an Arkansas county based on census maps. The townships of Franklin County are listed below with the town(s) and/or city that are fully or partially inside them listed in parentheses.


  • Alix (part of Wiederkehr Village)
  • Barham
  • Black Oak
  • Boston
  • Cobb
  • Cravens
  • Donald (most of Branch)
  • Grover
  • Hogan (Altus, Denning, part of Wiederkehr Village)
  • Hurricane
  • Ivy
  • Limestone
  • McIlroy
  • Middle
  • Mill Creek
  • Miller
  • Morgan
  • Mountain
  • Mulberry
  • Prairie (Charleston, small part of Branch)
  • Shores
  • Six Mile
  • Walker
  • Wallace
  • Watalula
  • Weaver
  • White Oak (Ozark, most of Wiederkehr Village)
  • White Rock
  • Wittich

See also[]

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Franklin County, Arkansas


Further reading[]

  • Shropshire, Lola. Franklin County, Arkansas: Images of America, Arcadia Publishing, 128 pages, Aug 2000 ISBN 0-7385-0882-9

Coordinates: 35°31′15″N 93°52′33″W / 35.52083, -93.87583

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