Franklinton, NC

Franklinton, situated in Franklin County, is a small town made up of 1.6 square miles.

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The town was originally called Franklin Depot, and the name would later be changed to Franklinton when the town was incorporated in 1842. Former boxing champion Jack Johnson was killed in a car accident on a Franklin Highway in 1946.  

The town has a history of wildfires, with one fire destroying over 9,000 acres of land in 1963 and another fire that claimed 1,000 acres in 2008.


The median resident age in Franklinton is 39 years. The median estimated household income is about $32,000 making it about $16,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $17,000. The average price for a home in Franklinton is about $104,000 (2015) which is $56,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $750 a month for rent. 

The racial makeup of Franklinton is 54% White, 40% Black, 2% Two or more races, and 4% other. 73% of the population are high school graduates, with 14% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 43% are married, 10% are divorced, 2% are separated, 11% are widowed, leaving 34% that have never been married.

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Franklin County

Franklinton belongs to Franklin County in the north-eastern part of North Carolina. The County, named after Benjamin Franklin, is part of the Raleigh, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area. Franklin County has a population of 61,000 and its largest city Louisburg, with a population of 3,400, is the county seat.

Franklin County borders Warren, Halifax, Nash, Johnston, Wake, Granville, and Vance counties.

Franklin County is made up of 494 square miles. 492 of which is land with the remaining 2 as water.


The population of Franklinton, NC is about 2,100. The population has been steadily increasing since its founding.


The elevation of Franklinton, NC is 410 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Franklinton, NC is 27525.

Area Code

The area codes for Franklinton, NC are 919 and 984.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Franklinton and Franklin County have voted mostly Republican, with 52% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous three or four elections.

As of 2010, 62% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 37% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 1%.


The unemployment rate for Franklinton is about 5% (2015), making it roughly equal to the state average of around 5%.

Construction, retail, and manufacturing make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Franklin Times and The Franklin Press are the primary newspapers that cover the Franklin County area.