World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Franklin County, Washington

Franklin County, Washington
Franklin County Courthouse in Pasco
Map of Washington highlighting Franklin County
Location in the state of Washington
Map of the United States highlighting Washington
Washington's location in the U.S.
Founded November 28, 1883
Named for Benjamin Franklin
Seat Pasco
Largest city Pasco
 • Total 1,265 sq mi (3,276 km2)
 • Land 1,242 sq mi (3,217 km2)
 • Water 23 sq mi (60 km2), 1.8%
Population (est.)
 • (2014) 87,809
 • Density 71/sq mi (27/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Pacific: UTC-8/-7
Website .us.wa.franklin.cowww

Franklin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Washington. As of the 2010 census, its population was 78,163.[1] The county seat and largest city is Pasco.[2] The county was formed out of Whitman County on November 28, 1883[3] and is named for Benjamin Franklin.[4]

Franklin County is included in the Kennewick-Richland, WA Metropolitan Statistical Area.


  • Geography 1
    • Geographic features 1.1
    • Major highways 1.2
    • Adjacent counties 1.3
    • National protected areas 1.4
  • Demographics 2
  • Communities 3
    • Cities 3.1
    • Census-designated places 3.2
    • Unincorporated communities 3.3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • Further reading 6
  • External links 7


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,265 square miles (3,280 km2), of which 1,242 square miles (3,220 km2) is land and 23 square miles (60 km2) (1.8%) is water.[5]

Geographic features

Major highways

Adjacent counties

National protected areas


As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 49,347 people, 14,840 households, and 11,604 families residing in the county. The population density was 40 people per square mile (15/km²). There were 16,084 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 61.91% White, 2.49% Black or African American, 0.73% Native American, 1.62% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 28.98% from other races, and 4.14% from two or more races. 46.67% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 9.7% were of German, 6.7% United States or American and 6.2% English ancestry. 55.8% spoke English and 41.6% Spanish as their first language.

There were 14,840 households out of which 45.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.80% were married couples living together, 11.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.80% were non-families. 17.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.26 and the average family size was 3.67.

In the year 2000 the population was spread out with 34.60% under the age of 18, 10.90% from 18 to 24, 28.10% from 25 to 44, 17.90% from 45 to 64, and 8.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 109.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 108.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,991, and the median income for a family was $41,967. Males had a median income of $32,209 versus $24,533 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,459. About 15.50% of families and 19.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.00% of those under age 18 and 7.70% of those age 65 or over.

The 2012 county population is estimated to be 85,845, a 9.8% increase since 2010. This far outpaces Washington State's overall growth of 2.6% over the same time interval, and puts Franklin County among the fastest growing counties in the nation.

According to the 2007 estimates 11.1% of the population was under 5 years old, 33.6% under 17, and 7.1% over 65. 93.2% of the population consisted of white persons, 2.4% black. American Indian and Alaska Native persons accounted for 0.9%, Asians for 2%, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders 0.1%. 1.4% of people reported two or more races. Finally, persons of Hispanic or Latino origin accounted for 48.8% while non-Hispanic whites were at 46.0%. 47.7% of the population is female, and 52.3% male.

In 2012 the county contained 25,683 housing units.



Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 7, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 131. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved July 5, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 7, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 7, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 7, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 7, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder".  

Further reading

  • An illustrated history of the Big Bend country : embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams, and Franklin counties, state of Washington. Western Historical Pub. Co. 1904. 
  • Available online through the Washington State Library's Classics in Washington History collection

External links

  • Franklin County, Washington at
  • Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.