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Time Zone: Franklin County lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Chambersburg is the Seat for Franklin County.

Franklin County was founded September 9, 1784 and was created by taking area from CumberlandCounty.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Franklin had a population of 144,994 people. This is an increase of 12.13% since the last Census (which gave a population of 129,313 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Franklin represented 1.05% of the total population of Pennsylvania, making it the state's 26th most populous county (out of 67 counties).

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

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
2000129,313The Last Census

More information can be found on the Franklin County Census Page for Franklin County.


Below are some of the communities located in Franklin County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Franklin County):

Community 2009
(2009vs. 2000)
Chambersburg   18,54617,8623.83% increase  
Waynesboro   10,1529,6145.6% increase  
Greencastle   4,0773,7229.54% increase  
Mont Alto   1,9671,35744.95% increase  
Mercersburg   1,5811,5402.66% increase  

Websites for Franklin County

Official Website:   www.co.franklin.pa.us/

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

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