How Many People
Quality of Life
People: County Profiles: Franklin County
Population Facts and Figures
County size: 544 square miles
Population density, 2000: 20.3 people per square mile (Franklin County), 296.4 people per square mile (Florida)
Population growth rate, 1990-2000: 23.3% (Franklin County), 23.5% (Florida)
Average household size: 2.28 people
Females, percent of population: 43.5% (Franklin County), 51% (Florida)
Total number of children enrolled in elementary and secondary schools (pre-k through 12) in 2001: 1,442
Racial composition of schoolchildren,
Poverty (percent of residents living below poverty level, 1999)
Education (percent of residents age 25 and older, 2000)
Major Local Employment Sectors
Total number of people employed in Franklin County (2000): 5,080
County Seat: Apalachicola
Franklin County Courthouse
Franklin County Emergency Management Department
Franklin County Planning Department
Franklin County Cooperative Extension Service
Franklin County Sheriff’s Office
Franklin County Health Department
Apalachee Regional Planning Council
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Apalachicola (population in 2000: 2,334)
Apalachicola City Hall
Apalachicola Police Department
Carrabelle (population in 2000: 1,303)
Carrabelle Police Department
Franklin County School District
School District Data:
Chapman Elementary School (PK-6)
Brown Elementary School (PK-6)
Apalachicola High School (7-12)
Carrabelle High School (PK-12)
Apalachicola Bay Charter School (K-3)
Franklin County Public Library
Apalachicola Program Center: (850) 653-2784
Eastpoint Branch: (850) 670-8151
Carrabelle Branch: (850) 697-2366
The Wilderness Coast Libraries Bookmobile visits Franklin County on a monthly basis. For more information and bookmobile schedule, see www.wildernesscoast.org.
Chamber of Commerce Websites:
The Gulf Alliance for Local Arts, Inc.
Outdoor Recreation Facilities
State parks: To find a state park in northwest Florida, see the Florida State Park website at www.floridastateparks.org/northwest/default.asp. Among the state parks in Franklin County are Bald Point State Park and St. George Island State Park.
For a list of Wildlife Management Areas by area and activity, see the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s recreation website myfwc.com/recreation/.
Aquatic preserve: The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR, for short) is one of 26 such reserves in the country. These research areas not only help protect sensitive estuarine lands and waters, but they also serve to educate the public and provide study areas for scientists. See www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/sites/apalachicola/info.htm or NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System website (nerrs.noaa.gov/Apalachicola/welcome.html).
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s “Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail” website contains information on canoe and kayak trips along the coast.
See the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s “Florida Trails” website for information on canoe trails in the ARROW region (myfwc.com/fltrails/region1/reg1in.html).
Boat ramps: See myfwc.com/fishing/ramps/nw-ramps.html
Hunting areas: A list of public hunting areas in Northwest Florida can be found at wld.fwc.state.fl.us/hunting/wma/Northwest.htm. Florida hunting regulations can be found at wld.fwc.state.fl.us/hunting/default.html.
Hiking trails: The High Bluff Coastal Trail in Tate’s Hell State Forest is maintained by the Florida Division of Forestry. The trailhead for this 2-mile hike is on Highway 98, 4 miles west of Carrabelle. The Greenways and Trails website lists hiking trails in the region (www.floridadep.org/gwt/)