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Franklin, Kentucky
—  City  —
Old Simpson County Courthouse in Franklin, Kentucky
Location of Franklin, Kentucky
Coordinates: 36°43′21″N 86°34′39″W / 36.7225°N 86.5775°W / 36.7225; -86.5775
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Simpson
 - Total 7.4 sq mi (19.3 km2)
 - Land 7.4 sq mi (19.3 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 709 ft (216 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 7,996
 - Density 1,074.7/sq mi (415.0/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 42134-42135
Area code(s) 270
FIPS code 21-28918
GNIS feature ID 0492443

Franklin is a city in and the county seat of Simpson County, Kentucky, United States.[1] The population was 7,996 at the 2000 census.



Franklin is located at 36°43′21″N 86°34′39″W / 36.7225°N 86.5775°W / 36.7225; -86.5775 (36.722487, -86.577566).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.4 square miles (19.3 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 7,996 people, 3,251 households, and 2,174 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,074.7 people per square mile (415.0/km²). There were 3,609 housing units at an average density of 485.1/sq mi (187.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 80.99% White, 16.76% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.76% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 0.91% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 0.81% of the population.

There were 3,251 households out of which 31.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.1% were married couples living together, 14.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.1% were non-families. 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.94.

The age distribution was 25.2% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,001, and the median income for a family was $38,807. Males had a median income of $30,955 versus $21,783 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,467. About 10.9% of families and 13.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.9% of those under age 18 and 18.1% of those age 65 or over.


Franklin has one school district which consists of

  • Franklin Elementary: Pre-School, Kindergarten
  • Simpson Elementary: 1st-3rd grades
  • Lincoln Elementary: 4th-5th grades
  • Franklin Simpson Middle School: 6th-8th grades
  • Franklin Simpson High School: 9th-12th grades

Franklin People, Places & Events

National Political Columnist and Analyst Sandra Barnett was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky but raised in Franklin.

Both Major League Baseball pitcher Joe Blanton and actress Annie Potts were born in Nashville, Tennessee but raised in Franklin.

PGA golfer Kenny Perry spent most of his childhood in Franklin, and lives there today.

University of Kentucky football head coach Joker Phillips was born and raised in Franklin. Phillips also attended and played at UK.

Singers Johnny Cash and June Carter were married in a private ceremony at Franklin United Methodist Church on March 1, 1968. Longtime friend Merle Kilgore was best man.

Kentucky Downs, formerly known as Dueling Grounds Racetrack, (owned by Corey Johnsen & Ray Reid), is located right on the Kentucky–Tennessee border in Franklin. Kentucky Downs hosts the Kentucky Cup Turf Festival, a full card of world class racing featuring four major turf stakes. Kentucky Downs also hosts year-round simulcasts for the Kentucky-Tennessee market.


  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

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