Franklin, Georgia

Franklin is a city in Heard County, Georgia, United States. The population was 993 at the 2010 census,[4] up from 902 at the 2000 census. Franklin is the county seat of Heard County.[5] The city is named after Benjamin Franklin.[6]

Franklin, Georgia
The old Heard County gas station was built in 1938 and features a vintage, hand-painted Coca-Cola advertisement.
The old Heard County gas station was built in 1938 and features a vintage, hand-painted Coca-Cola advertisement.
Location in Heard County and the state of Georgia
Location in Heard County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 33°16′47″N 85°5′54″W / 33.27972°N 85.09833°W / 33.27972; -85.09833Coordinates: 33°16′47″N 85°5′54″W / 33.27972°N 85.09833°W / 33.27972; -85.09833
CountryUnited States
Named forBenjamin Franklin
 • MayorJoel Rogers
 • Total3.35 sq mi (8.68 km2)
 • Land3.21 sq mi (8.31 km2)
 • Water0.14 sq mi (0.36 km2)
663 ft (202 m)
 • Total950
 • Density295.95/sq mi (114.26/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code706
FIPS code13-31292[2]
GNIS feature ID0314347[3]


Franklin was settled in 1770, and was designated seat of the newly formed Heard County in 1831.[7] The town was hit by a tornado just before midnight on March 25, 2021, with multiple areas in downtown being heavily damaged with the most severe damage being rated high-end EF2. The tornado later became violent and hit nearby Newnan, Georgia to the east at EF4 strength, indirectly killing one person.[8][9]


Franklin is located in central Heard County at 33°16′47″N 85°05′54″W / 33.279788°N 85.098403°W / 33.279788; -85.098403,[10] along the Chattahoochee River. U.S. Route 27 passes through the east side of the city on a bypass, leading north 23 miles (37 km) to Carrollton and south 19 miles (31 km) to LaGrange. Georgia State Route 34 passes through the center of Franklin, leading northeast 20 miles (32 km) to Newnan and southwest 12 miles (19 km) to the Alabama border. Georgia State Route 100 joins SR 34 for part of its path through Franklin, but leads northwest 14 miles (23 km) to Ephesus and southeast 14 miles to Hogansville.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Franklin has a total area of 3.5 square miles (9.0 km2), of which 3.4 square miles (8.7 km2) are land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km2), or 4.00%, are water.[4]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[11]

2000 censusEdit

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 902 people, 349 households, and 203 families residing in the city. The population density was 277.8 inhabitants per square mile (107.3/km2). There were 398 housing units at an average density of 122.6 per square mile (47.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 69.07% White, 29.93% African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.33% from other races, and 0.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.11% of the population.

There were 349 households, out of which 31.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 30.1% were married couples living together, 25.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.8% were non-families. 37.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 22.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 3.03.

24.7% of the population of Franklin were under the age of 18, 8.1% were from 18 to 24, 24.6% from 25 to 44, 18.4% from 45 to 64, and 24.2% were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 77.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 68.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $19,125, and the median income for a family was $23,571. Males had a median income of $29,583 versus $20,724 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,142. About 27.8% of families and 28.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.3% of those under age 18 and 29.4% of those age 65 or over.

2020 censusEdit

Franklin racial composition[12]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 625 65.79%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 217 22.84%
Native American 3 0.32%
Asian 20 2.11%
Other/Mixed 64 6.74%
Hispanic or Latino 21 2.21%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 950 people, 421 households, and 215 families residing in the city.


Heard County School DistrictEdit

The Heard County School District holds pre-school to grade twelve, and consists of three elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school.[13] The district has 132 full-time teachers and over 2,278 students.[14]

Old Heard County JailEdit

Old Heard County Jail in 2012

Pauly Jail Company of Alabama built the jail in 1912 for $7,500, using plans by Manly Jail Works of Dalton, Georgia. It replaced an older jail built in 1880 that had become unfit. The jail housed up to 16 prisoners upstairs. The Heard County Sheriff (there were eight sheriffs from 1912–1964) and his family lived downstairs. In the 1930s, two prisoners cut the window bars and escaped. Death row prisoners were held here, but the jail's gallows were never used. In 1964, a new county jail opened on the Franklin Square and the old jail closed.

The jail was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on January 27, 1981. In 1987 it was completely restored by the Heard County Historical Society. It now serves as a museum and historical center.



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  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Franklin city, Georgia". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved May 18, 2017.[dead link]
  5. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  6. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 131.
  7. ^ Hellmann, Paul T. (May 13, 2013). Historical Gazetteer of the United States. Routledge. p. 230. ISBN 978-1135948597. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  8. ^ NWS Damage Survey for March 25-26, 2021 Tornado and Severe Weather Event Update #5 (Report). Iowa Environmental Mesonet. National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in Peachtree City, Georgia. March 31, 2021. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  9. ^ "ArcGIS Web Application". Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  12. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved 2021-12-18.
  13. ^ Georgia Board of Education[permanent dead link], Retrieved June 19, 2010.
  14. ^ School Stats, Retrieved June 19, 2010.

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