Franklin County, Massachusetts

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Franklin County
Franklin County Courthouse in Greenfield
Franklin County Courthouse in Greenfield
Official seal of Franklin County
Map of Massachusetts highlighting Franklin County
Location within the U.S. state of Massachusetts
Map of the United States highlighting Massachusetts
Massachusetts's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 42°35′13″N 72°34′26″W / 42.58707°N 72.573944°W / 42.58707; -72.573944
Country United States
State Massachusetts
Named forBenjamin Franklin
Largest cityGreenfield
 • Total725 sq mi (1,880 km2)
 • Land699 sq mi (1,810 km2)
 • Water25 sq mi (60 km2)  3.5%
 • Total71,029
 • Density101.6/sq mi (39.2/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional districts1st, 2nd

Franklin County is a county in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. As of the 2020 census, the population was 71,029,[1] which makes it the least-populous county on the Massachusetts mainland, and the third-least populous county in the state. The county seat and most populous city is Greenfield. The largest town by area is New Salem.[2]

Franklin County was created on June 24, 1811 from the northern third of Hampshire County. It was named for Benjamin Franklin.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "QuickFacts: Franklin County, Massachusetts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 3, 2024.
  2. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 131.