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Franklin County, Massachusetts
Law and government
Like an increasing number of Massachusetts counties, Franklin County exists today only as a historical geographic region, and has no county government. All former county functions were assumed by state agencies in 1997. The sheriff and some other regional officials with specific duties are still elected locally to perform duties within the county region, but there is no county council or commissioner. However, communities are now granted the right to form their own regional compacts for sharing services. See also: MassGov page on counties.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 71,535 people, 29,466 households, and 18,416 families residing in the county. The population density is 39/km² (102/mi²). There are 31,939 housing units at an average density of 18/km² (46/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 95.40% White, 0.89% Black or African American, 0.29% Native American, 1.04% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.75% from other races, and 1.61% from two or more races. 1.99% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 29,466 households out of which 29.50% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.90% are married couples living together, 10.60% have a female householder with no husband present, and 37.50% are non-families. 29.00% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.90% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.38 and the average family size is 2.95.
In the county the population is spread out with 23.50% under the age of 18, 7.80% from 18 to 24, 28.50% from 25 to 44, 25.90% from 45 to 64, and 14.20% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 40 years. For every 100 females there are 93.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 90.50 males.
The median income for a household in the county is $40,768, and the median income for a family is $50,915. Males have a median income of $36,350 versus $27,228 for females. The per capita income for the county is $20,672. 9.40% of the population and 6.50% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 10.50% of those under the age of 18 and 8.80% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
Cities, towns, and villages*
- -- South Deerfield (a village of Deerfield)
- -- Millers Falls (a village of Montague)
- -- Turners Falls (a village of Montague)
- New Salem
- -- Shelburne Falls (a village split between Shelburne and Buckland, straddling the Deerfield River)
* Villages are census division, but have no separate corporate existence from the towns they are in.
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