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Franklin County is a coastal county located in the panhandle of the U.S. state of Florida. As of 2000, the population was 11,057. The U.S. Census Bureau 2005 estimate for the county is 11,177. Its county seat is Apalachicola, Florida.

Cities in Franklin County include Alligator Point, Apalachicola, Carrabelle and East Point.

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  County Demographics  
  As of the census of 2000, there were 11,057 people, 4,096 households, and 2,727 families residing in the county. The population density was 20 people per square mile. There were 7,180 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile. The racial makeup of the county was 81.24% White, 16.32% Black or African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.43% from other races, and 1.34% from two or more races. 2.42% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,096 households out of which 24.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.50% were married couples] living together, 9.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.40% were non-families. 28.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.77. In the county the population was spread out with 18.00% under the age of 18, 7.60% from 18 to 24, 30.80% from 25 to 44, 27.80% from 45 to 64, and 15.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 129.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 135.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,756, and the median income for a family was $31,157. Males had a median income of $25,101 versus $20,494 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,140. About 11.80% of families and 17.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.20% of those under age 18 and 13.90% of those age 65 or over.
  County History  
  Franklin County was created in 1832. It was named for Benjamin Franklin, famous scientist, printer, and author. Apalachicola which sits on the West side of the Apalacicola river is the County Seat, and is the largest populated city in the county. It was originally named West Point by the first white settlers. Carrabelle which is located on the Carrabelle River twenty-five miles East of Apalach is the second largest city. The other two towns in the county are East Point, across the river from Apalach, and Lanark Village, East of Carrabelle.

The entire coast line of Franklin County was inhabited by Indians for about 12,000 years. Life along the coast was good since seafood was abundant. They traded with the Indians in Tallahassee for clay and other items not available on the coast. One style of pottery first found in Carrabelle is named Carrabelle Punctuated. A clay pot was made, and while still damp the potter would take a small stick of similar object, and press the end of the stick into the clay numerous times until the entire pot was covered with small indentations. It was then placed into a shallow pit, covered with small tree branches which were set on fire. The result was a decorated water resistant pot.

During World War II most of Franklin County was used for military training. The beaches and islands were ideal for amphibious training. When the war ended and the military left, Lanark Village was established from the remaining Officer's quarters.




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