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Pickin on the Square, Downtown Franklin, North Carolina


In Macon County total, of which Franklin is the county seat, there are approximately 33,922 people, 25,245 housing units and 14,747 households residing in the county. The population density is about 65.8 people per square mile. However, during the summer and fall months the population nearlty doubles due to the tourism. (1)

The racial makeup of Macon County is 93.8% Caucasian, 1.30% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 6.6% of the population is Hispanic or Latino and 1.1% from two or more races and 0.31% from other races. (1)

Of the 14,747 households within Macon County, 24.80% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 23.8% have persons 65 years or older and 51.4% are femaile households. The average household size is approximately 2.12 and the average family size is 2.74. (3)

The median income for a household in Franklin, NC is approximately $25,751, the median income for a family is approximately $35,928 and 18.8% of the population in Macon County falls below poverty level. (1)

The Estimated median house or condo value in 2009 was $167,900 (it was $85,800 in 2000), the average value within the state of North Carolina is $143,700. (2)

Macon County has experienced an overall growth rate of 13.8% over the past decade making it the fastest growing county in Western North Carolina area west of Asheville, North Carolina. Located in the Great Smoky Mountains, Franklin is situated one hour from Asheville and two hours from Atlanta, Knoxville or Greenville, South Carolina. Due to its proximity to these urban areas and its rural feel, Franklin is fast becoming a location of choice for those seeking retirement, recreational, permanent, or second homes. (2)


1. Quickfacts. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2010-01-31