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The 2000 Census showed that Franklin County had a population of 129,313 people. This represented 1.05% of the total population of Pennsylvania, making it the state's 26th most populous county (out of 67 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Franklin had a population of 144,994 people. This is an increase of 12.13% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

YearPopulationChange
Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010149,618+15.7%+3.19% since 2009
2009144,994+12.13%+0.84% since 2008
2008143,787+11.19%+1.25% since 2007
2007142,008+9.82%+1.45% since 2006
2006139,978+8.25%+2.16% since 2005
2005137,012+5.95%+2.04% since 2004
2004134,274+3.84%+1.38% since 2003
2003132,441+2.42%+0.9% since 2002
2002131,257+1.5%+0.84% since 2001
2001130,160+0.65%+0.65% since 2000
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2000129,313The Last Census

Franklin County had 53,803 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Franklin County has a total area<3> of 772 square miles [2,001 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (0.71 square miles [1.84 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Franklin County had a population density of 167.5 people per square mile [64.7 people/km²], making it the state's 31st most densely populated county (out of 67 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Franklin County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Franklin and the state of Pennsylvania.

Click here for the Franklin County QuickFact (QF-42055).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Franklin County:

CommunityCensus
QuickFact
Population
(2009 Est)
Population
(2000 Census)
Change in
  Population
ChambersburgQF-421253618,54617,8623.83%
WaynesboroQF-428182410,1529,6145.6%

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Franklin County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

CountyCensus
QuickFact
DirectionPopulation
(2009 Est.)
Population
(2000 Census)
Change in
Population
Frederick (MD)QF-24021   SE227,980195,27716.75%
Washington (MD)QF-24043   S145,910131,92310.6%
AdamsQF-42001   E102,32391,29212.08%
CumberlandQF-42041   NE232,483213,6748.8%
FultonQF-42057   W14,85214,2614.14%
HuntingdonQF-42061   NW45,39545,586-0.42%
JuniataQF-42067   N23,11822,8211.3%
PerryQF-42099   NE45,50243,6024.36%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Franklin. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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