Franklin County, Nebraska

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Franklin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of 2000, the population was 3,574. Its county seat is Franklin[1].

In the Nebraska license plate system, Franklin County is represented by the prefix 50 (it had the fiftieth-largest number of vehicles registered in the county when the license plate system was established in 1922).



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 576 square miles (1,491.8 km2), of which 0.03% is water.

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Franklin County was formed in 1867. It was named after Benjamin Franklin.


1870 - 26
1880 - 5,465
1890 - 7,693
1900 - 9,455
1910 - 10,303
1920 - 10,067
1930 - 9,094
1940 - 7,740
1950 - 7,096
1960 - 5,449
1970 - 4,566
1980 - 4,377
1990 - 3,938
2000 - 3,574

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,574 people, 1,485 households, and 1,021 families residing in the county. The population density was 6 people per square mile (2/km²). There were 1,746 housing units at an average density of 3 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 99.24% White, 0.28% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.08% from other races, and 0.34% from two or more races. 0.64% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 63.5% were of German, 6.8% American, 6.6% English and 5.7% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 1,485 households out of which 28.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.40% were married couples living together, 6.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.20% were non-families. 29.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.87.

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