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Cities and Towns in Franklin County

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History of Franklin

Franklin County Courthouse

The act establishing the county authorized that the first court be held at the home of Benjamin Seawell. The justices were to determine where subsequent courts were to be held until the courthouse could be erected. In 1779, Lewisburg was established on land purchased by the commissioners for the erection of the courthouse, and the town was later renamed to Louisburg. It has been the county seat ever since.

January 29, 1779, the General Assembly passed a bill dividing Bute County into two new counties: Warren and Franklin. The size of Franklin County is about 494 square miles. Louisburg, being centrally located, was chartered also in 1779. Franklin County was created in the midst of the American Revolution and named for Benjamin Franklin, and the town of Louisburg was named in honor of America's friend, King Louis XVI of France.

Franklin County is located at the eastern edge of the piedmont in the north central part of North Carolina. The county's terrain is characterized by red clay, granite boulders, and an abundant water supply. Throughout most of its history, Franklin County has been considered a rural county, with its main income coming from agriculture.

The county seat is home to Louisburg College, which was founded in 1787 making it the oldest junior college in the United States. Vance-Granville Community College offers technical, vocational, college-transfer, and continuing education programs.
The second largest municipality, Franklinton (pop. 1,806) is a growing community located on US-1 which is a four-lane highway, in the western part of the county fifteen minutes north of Raleigh city limits. Franklinton lifestyle is centered on continual improvement. Franklinton's real success is its ability to offer responsive, personalized town services and utilities. The modified mayor-council form of government includes a five-member Board of Commissioners, mayor, and a town administrator.
Just a few miles south of US-1, the town of Youngsville (pop. 1,117) is in the center of exploding industrial and residential growth. Youngsville is governed by a mayor and a five member Board of Commissioners. Youngsville's location on the Wake/Franklin border has attracted new development. Several new subdivisions have been built and there are approximately 80 subdivisions in the surrounding area. People are attracted to Youngsville because of the short commute to the Research Triangle Park (RTP), but they can still enjoy the small town way of life. Youngsville is an attractive site for industry and features two industrial parks. The town has been recognized by the Governor's Community of Excellence award five consecutive years.
In the southeastern portion of the county along NC-39, the Town of Bunn (pop. 357) is also seeing area growth. The town is governed by a mayor and four-member Board of Commissioners. Nearby is Lake Royale, a beautiful, private resort featuring an 18-hole golf course and a new country club.
The town of Centerville (pop. 99) was incorporated in 1965 and is located at the junction of NC-561 and NC-58 in the northeastern corner of Franklin County. A three-member council and mayor oversee municipal government.
Lake Royale is a gated community just twenty-eight miles northeast of Raleigh, NC. The community is built on the shores of a 345 acre man-made lake with 3.25 miles of shoreline, and offers year round recreation programs, dances, dinners, sports, children's activities and socials. A beautiful lodge located on the waterfront serves the community as a recreation center, complete with a fully equipped exercise gym, beach, dock and picnic area. Presently over 600 permanent residents are scattered over more than 6000 residential, camping and golf course lots.

- Source: J.D. Lewis - Little River, SC


More Information

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 47,260 people, 17,843 households, and 12,882 families residing in the county. The population density was 96 people per square mile (37/km²). There were 20,364 housing units at an average density of 41 per square mile (16/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 66.00% White, 30.03% Black or African American, 0.44% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.29% from other races, and 0.91% from two or more races. 4.44% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 17,843 households out of which 33.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.50% were married couples living together, 13.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.80% were non-families. 23.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.30% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 32.40% from 25 to 44, 22.90% from 45 to 64, and 11.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,968, and the median income for a family was $44,540. Males had a median income of $31,543 versus $24,568 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,562. About 10.00% of families and 12.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.10% of those under age 18 and 16.70% of those age 65 or over.

- Source: Wikipedia