Franklin County is located in southern Illinois. The County Seat is Benton and the largest city is West Frankfort. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.franklincountyil.gov/. The 2014 population estimate is 39,411 and the 2010 census population was 39,989. The land area is 408.89 square miles and there are 96.8 persons per square mile.
97.5% of the population is White, 0.5% is Black or African American, 1.6% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.5% is Asian, 0.3% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.1% is two or more races. 87.1% have a high school degree or higher, and 13.1% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $64,300, there are 16,110 households, an average of 2.42 persons per household. The per capita income is $20,394, the median household income is $36,273, and 19.1% of the persons in Franklin County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 3,165. Retail sales (in $1000) were $362,193, and sales per capita were $9,236. The percentage of black-owned firms is 0%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 21.4%.
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