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Franklin County, Kentucky

According to the 2000 Census, Franklin County, Kentucky has a population of 47,687 people. Of those, 41,953 (87%) are White, 4,463 (9%) are Black, and 531 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 507 (or 1% of the 47,687 people) are not residents by choice but are people in prison.

Even though prisoners cannot participate in the local community, the Census Bureau nevertheless counts them as residents of the county where they are incarcerated.

A more accurate description would not include the prisoners. This would give Franklin County a population of 47,180 with a demographic that is 88% White, 9% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 47,687 507 47,180
White 41,953 282 41,671
Black 4,463 216 4,247
Latino 531 9 522


[1]The numbers for Whites, Blacks and Latinos may not add up to the total number because we have not included racial groups other than Whites and Blacks and because the Census Bureau considers "Latino" to be an ethnicity, not a race. Most of the people reported as being Latino are also counted as being White or Black.

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