Franklin County, New York
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Location in the state of New York
4,396 km² (1,697 mi²)
sq mi ( km²)
171 km² (66 mi²), 3.89%
Franklin County is a county located in the U.S. state of New York. As of 2000, the population was 51,134. Its name is in honor of Benjamin Franklin, a notable learned man of the eighteenth century in the United States of America. Its county seat is Malone.
Much of Franklin County is within the Adirondack State Park.
When counties were established in New York State in 1683, the present Franklin County was part of Albany County. This was an enormous county, including the northern part of New York State as well as all of the present State of Vermont and, in theory, extending westward to the Pacific Ocean. This county was reduced in size on July 3, 1766 by the creation of Cumberland County, and further on March 16, 1770 by the creation of Gloucester County, both containing territory now in Vermont. On March 12, 1772, what was left of Albany County was split into three parts, one remaining under the name Albany County. One of the other pieces, Charlotte County, contained the eastern portion.
In 1788, Clinton County was split off from Washington County. This was a much larger area than the present Clinton County, including several other counties or county parts of the present New York State.
In 1799, Clinton County was reduced in size by the splitting off of Essex County . In 1802, Clinton County was reduced in size by a part of Clinton and two other counties being taken to form the new St. Lawrence County.
In 1808, Franklin County was split off from Clinton County.
Franklin County is in the northeastern part of New York State. The northern edge is the border with Canada.
 Adjacent Counties
- Clinton County, New York - east
- Essex County, New York - southeast
- Hamilton County, New York - southwest
- St. Lawrence County, New York - west
As of the census² of 2000, there were 51,134 people, 17,931 households, and 11,798 families residing in the county. The population density was 12/km² (31/mi²). There were 23,936 housing units at an average density of 6/km² (15/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 84.03% White, 6.63% Black or African American, 6.20% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 2.07% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. 4.01% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 17,931 households out of which 32.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.50% were married couples living together, 11.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.20% were non-families. 28.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.00.
In the county the population was spread out with 22.80% under the age of 18, 9.50% from 18 to 24, 33.20% from 25 to 44, 21.80% from 45 to 64, and 12.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 121.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 126.60 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $31,517, and the median income for a family was $38,472. Males had a median income of $29,376 versus $22,292 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,888. About 10.10% of families and 14.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.60% of those under age 18 and 13.90% of those age 65 or over.
 Towns and Villages
- Bangor (town)
- Bellmont (town)
- Bombay (town)
- Brandon (town)
- Brighton (town)
- Brushton (village)
- Burke (town)
- Burke (village)
- Chateaugay (town)
- Chateaugay (village)
- Constable (town)
- Dickinson (town)
- Duane (town)
- Fort Covington (town)
- Franklin (town)
- Harrietstown (town)
- Malone (town)
- Malone (village)
- Moira (town)
- Santa Clara (town)
- Saranac Lake (village)
- Tupper Lake (village)
- Tupper Lake (town)
- Waverly (town)
- Westville (town)
- -> Label in parentheses is official level of political organization.
 Adjacent Counties and areas
The northern border of the county is the Province of Quebec in Canada. The eastern border is shared with Clinton County. On the southern border are Hamilton County and Essex County. Franklin County borders St. Lawrence County in the west.
 External links
- Franklin County webpage
- Franklin County historical information
- Town and Village governments
- Franklin County history pages