Franklin, West Virginia

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Franklin is a town in Pendleton County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 797 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Pendleton County[3]. Franklin was established in 1794 and named for Frances Evick, an early settler.



Franklin is located at 38°38′51″N 79°19′54″W / 38.6475°N 79.33167°W / 38.6475; -79.33167 (38.647400, -79.331557)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.3 km² (0.5 mi²), all land.


Franklin Gorge is a popular rock climbing destination.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 797 people, 362 households, and 222 families residing in the town. The population density was 615.4/km² (1,582.0/mi²). There were 424 housing units at an average density of 327.4/km² (841.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.11% White, 2.01% African American, 0.25% Native American, .13% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.38% of the population.

There were 362 households out of which 24.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.6% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.4% were non-families. 35.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.80.

In the town the population was spread out with 20.7% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 23.8% from 25 to 44, 25.6% from 45 to 64, and 24.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 82.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.5 males.

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