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Franklin County, Massachusetts
Franklin County Courthouse Greenfield.JPG
Franklin County Courthouse in Greenfield
Seal of Franklin County, Massachusetts
Seal
Map of Massachusetts highlighting Franklin County
Location in the state of Massachusetts
Map of the U.S. highlighting Massachusetts
Massachusetts's location in the U.S.
Founded 1811
Named for Benjamin Franklin
Seat Greenfield
Largest city Greenfield
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

725 sq mi (1,878 km²)
699 sq mi (1,810 km²)
25 sq mi (65 km²), 3.5
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

71,029
101.6/sq mi (39/km²)
Congressional districts 1st, 2nd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Franklin County is a nongovernmental county located in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Massachusetts. As of the 2020 census, the population was 71,029,[1] which makes it the least-populous county on the Massachusetts mainland, and the third-least populous county in the state. Its traditional county seat and most populous city is Greenfield. Its largest town by area is New Salem.[2]

Franklin County comprises the Greenfield Town, MA Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Springfield-Greenfield Town, MA Combined Statistical Area.

History[]

Franklin County was created on June 24, 1811, from the northern third of Hampshire County. It was named for Benjamin Franklin.[3] Franklin County's government was abolished by the state government in 1997, at the county's request.[4]

Law and government[]

Like several other Massachusetts counties, Franklin County exists today only as a geographic region and has no county government. The Franklin County Commission voted itself out of existence, and all former state-mandated county functions were assumed by state agencies in 1997. The sheriff and some other regional officials with specific duties are still elected locally to perform duties within the county region. Counties in Massachusetts and New England generally are historically weak governmental structures.[5] The primary subdivision of the Commonwealth is the municipal town. Communities are permitted to form regional compacts for sharing services. The municipalities of Franklin County have formed the Franklin Regional Council of Governments.[6] The regional council provides various services on a regional basis, and a majority of the county's towns are members of the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District, which provides municipal waste disposal and recycling services to its members. Public transportation throughout the county and in the North Quabbin area of northwestern Worcester County is provided by the Franklin Regional Transit Authority.

Voter Registration and Party Enrollment as of October 17, 2018[7]
Party Number of Voters Percentage
Template:Party color cell Democratic 15,320 30.07%
Template:Party color cell Republican 4,218 8.28%
Template:Party color cell Unenrolled 30,655 60.16%
Template:Party color cell Minor Parties 181 0.36%
Total 50,954 100%

Politics[]

United States presidential election results for Franklin County, Massachusetts[8]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 11,201 26.38% 30,030 70.73% 1,227 2.89%
2016 10,364 26.70% 24,478 63.05% 3,979 10.25%
2012 9,344 24.75% 27,072 71.70% 1,342 3.55%
2008 9,545 24.77% 27,919 72.46% 1,065 2.76%
2004 11,058 29.58% 25,550 68.35% 773 2.07%
2000 10,176 30.50% 17,945 53.78% 5,245 15.72%
1996 8,055 24.60% 19,728 60.25% 4,959 15.15%
1992 8,691 24.26% 17,246 48.14% 9,890 27.60%
1988 13,475 40.68% 19,310 58.30% 338 1.02%
1984 15,883 50.37% 15,502 49.16% 148 0.47%
1980 12,528 41.59% 11,830 39.27% 5,764 19.14%
1976 14,837 47.58% 14,985 48.06% 1,359 4.36%
1972 16,088 56.92% 11,968 42.35% 207 0.73%
1968 12,345 48.63% 12,072 47.55% 969 3.82%
1964 8,344 32.56% 17,106 66.76% 174 0.68%
1960 15,682 55.99% 12,282 43.85% 47 0.17%
1956 19,779 72.09% 7,574 27.61% 83 0.30%
1952 19,489 68.94% 8,729 30.88% 50 0.18%
1948 14,919 61.21% 9,231 37.87% 223 0.91%
1944 13,252 58.37% 9,400 41.40% 51 0.22%
1940 14,137 59.58% 9,472 39.92% 119 0.50%
1936 13,756 57.99% 9,324 39.31% 641 2.70%
1932 13,040 66.03% 6,248 31.64% 460 2.33%
1928 14,333 70.52% 5,842 28.74% 149 0.73%
1924 11,350 77.12% 2,089 14.19% 1,278 8.68%
1920 9,931 77.85% 2,542 19.93% 284 2.23%
1916 4,353 56.93% 3,054 39.94% 239 3.13%
1912 2,636 36.08% 2,046 28.00% 2,624 35.92%
1908 4,824 67.87% 1,637 23.03% 647 9.10%
1904 5,034 71.40% 1,672 23.72% 344 4.88%
1900 4,937 70.47% 1,874 26.75% 195 2.78%
1896 5,671 78.46% 1,110 15.36% 447 6.18%
1892 4,510 58.50% 2,886 37.44% 313 4.06%
1888 4,100 55.90% 2,852 38.88% 383 5.22%
1884 3,676 53.34% 2,577 37.39% 639 9.27%
1880 4,022 64.37% 2,098 33.58% 128 2.05%
1876 4,072 64.14% 2,257 35.55% 20 0.32%



Geography and climate[]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 724.57[convert: needs unit name], of which 699 square miles (1,810 km2) is land, 25 square miles (65 km2) and (3.5%) is water.[9] Central and southern Franklin County is dominated by the northern end of the Pioneer Valley, with steep hills rising on either side of the Connecticut River.

The high point of Franklin County is Crum Hill, 2,841 feet (866 m), located in the town of Monroe.

Climate[]

The climate in Franklin County is typically cool temperate. The area is also somewhat maritime, with relatively high year-round precipitation. Summers are warm and humid with frequent evening storms, and winters are cool to cold with frequent snow and subfreezing (below 31F) temperatures.

Adjacent counties[]

Protected areas[]

  • Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge (part)
  • Paul C. Jones Working Forest (privately owned with conservation easement) around Brushy Mountain, Shutesbury[10]

Various Department of Conservation & Recreation properties.

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Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 29,268
1830 29,501 0.8%
1840 28,812 −2.3%
1850 30,870 7.1%
1860 31,434 1.8%
1870 32,635 3.8%
1880 36,001 10.3%
1890 38,610 7.2%
1900 41,209 6.7%
1910 43,600 5.8%
1920 49,361 13.2%
1930 49,612 0.5%
1940 49,453 −0.3%
1950 52,747 6.7%
1960 54,864 4.0%
1970 59,210 7.9%
1980 64,317 8.6%
1990 70,092 9.0%
2000 71,535 2.1%
2010 71,372 −0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]
1790-1960[12] 1900-1990[13]
1990-2000[14] 2010-2020[15]

2000 census[]

At the 2000 census there were 71,535 people, 29,466 households, and 18,416 families in the county. The population density was 102 people per square mile (39/km2). There were 31,939 housing units at an average density of 46 per square mile (18/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 95.40% White, 0.89% Black or African American, 0.29% Native American, 1.04% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.75% from other races, and 1.61% from two or more races. 1.99%.[16] were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 16.2% were of English, 12.2% Irish, 12.0% Polish, 10.2% French, 7.0% French Canadian, 6.7% German, 6.1% Italian and 6.0% American ancestry according to Census 2000. Most of those claiming to be of "American" ancestry are actually of English descent, but have family that has been in the country for so long, in many cases since the early seventeenth century that they choose to identify simply as "American".[17][18][19][20][21] 94.5% spoke English and 1.8% Spanish as their first language.

Of the 29,466 households 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.9% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.5% were non-families. 29.0% of households were one person and 10.9% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.95.

The age distribution was 23.5% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 25.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% 65 or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.5 males.

The median household income was $40,768 and the median family income was $50,915. Males had a median income of $36,350 versus $27,228 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,672. About 6.5% of families and 9.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.5% of those under age 18 and 8.8% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[]

At the 2010 census, there were 71,372 people, 30,462 households, and 18,317 families in the county.[22] The population density was 102.1 inhabitants per square mile (39.4 /km2). There were 33,758 housing units at an average density of 48.3 per square mile (18.6 /km2).[23] The racial makeup of the county was 94.2% white, 1.3% Asian, 1.1% black, 0.3% American Indian, 1.0% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 3.2% of the population.[22] The largest ancestry groups were:[24]

Of the 30,462 households, 26.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.8% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 39.9% were non-families, and 30.5% of households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.85. The median age was 44.2 years.[22]

The median household income was $52,002 and the median family income was $65,760. Males had a median income of $45,480 versus $37,309 for females. The per capita income for the county was $27,544. About 7.7% of families and 11.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.8% of those under age 18 and 7.5% of those age 65 or over.[25]

Demographic breakdown by town[]

Income[]

The ranking of unincorporated communities that are included on the list are reflective if the census designated locations and villages were included as cities or towns. Data is from the 2007-2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates.[26][27][28]

Rank Town Per capita
income
Median
household
income
Median
family
income
Population Number of
households
Deerfield CDP $39,291 $90,625 $91,786 252 83
1 Hawley Town $37,094 $63,750 $79,167 378 154
2 Leverett Town $36,750 $74,500 $87,188 1,756 702
3 Shutesbury Town $36,472 $67,708 $85,972 1,834 745
Massachusetts State $35,051 $65,981 $83,371 6,512,227 2,522,409
4 Whately Town $34,183 $78,750 $89,500 1,529 629
Northfield CDP $33,956 $67,900 $88,068 1,004 440
5 New Salem Town $33,776 $64,833 $72,083 953 402
6 Ashfield Town $33,569 $66,429 $69,375 1,771 742
7 Conway Town $33,385 $80,313 $85,000 1,793 705
8 Deerfield Town $33,111 $69,744 $85,231 5,096 2,145
9 Leyden Town $32,348 $72,500 $78,167 633 272
South Deerfield CDP $31,773 $51,107 $80,147 1,926 931
10 Gill Town $31,288 $59,800 $70,833 1,428 566
11 Sunderland Town $31,090 $54,208 $73,403 3,696 1,525
12 Northfield Town $31,001 $61,667 $73,697 3,034 1,276
13 Shelburne Town $30,751 $59,145 $77,063 1,957 811
14 Heath Town $30,557 $63,333 $72,981 483 214
15 Warwick Town $29,135 $59,531 $67,500 601 269
16 Colrain Town $29,035 $53,813 $64,375 1,729 703
17 Charlemont Town $28,555 $53,281 $64,000 1,160 505
18 Wendell Town $28,480 $56,750 $62,143 1,076 452
19 Rowe Town $28,354 $50,938 $56,667 386 183
Franklin County County $28,313 $52,246 $65,713 71,495 30,362
20 Bernardston Town $28,117 $50,556 $66,000 2,193 948
United States Country $27,915 $52,762 $64,293 306,603,772 114,761,359
21 Buckland Town $27,308 $61,750 $73,125 2,297 869
Shelburne Falls CDP $27,155 $49,635 $62,500 1,886 815
22 Greenfield City $26,229 $46,018 $56,063 17,565 7,717
23 Montague Town $24,823 $41,980 $57,234 8,455 3,733
24 Erving Town $23,775 $53,661 $57,692 1,755 689
Orange CDP $22,652 $50,407 $51,979 3,926 1,534
25 Monroe Town $22,647 $30,714 $56,875 122 72
Turners Falls CDP $22,590 $36,623 $48,796 4,620 2,039
26 Orange Town $22,434 $44,282 $50,536 7,815 3,334
Millers Falls CDP $21,386 $50,550 $58,516 1,129 443

Transportation[]

Franklin County is served by buses run by the Franklin Regional Transit Authority. Southeastern Franklin County is also served by the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority, with transportation to destinations in neighboring Hampshire County.

Major highways[]

  • I-91
  • US 5
  • US 202
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Notable residents[]

  • David Dunnels White, Medal of Honor nominee for capturing Major General Custis Lee, son of Robert E. Lee, at the Battle of Sailors Creek, Virginia, April 6, 1865. He was born in Cheshire, Massachusetts, in 1844, and is buried in the Bozrah Cemetery in East Hawley, Massachusetts, in 1924.

Communities[]

City[]

Towns[]

Census-designated places[]

  • Deerfield
  • Millers Falls
  • Northfield
  • Orange
  • Shelburne Falls
  • South Deerfield
  • Turners Falls

Other unincorporated communities[]

  • Lake Pleasant
  • Satans Kingdom
  • Zoar

See also[]

  • List of Massachusetts locations by per capita income
  • Registry of Deeds (Massachusetts)
  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Franklin County, Massachusetts

References[]

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