Cost of Community Services - In counties located near fast-growing urban areas, there is considerable debate over the desirable mix of land uses and the role that local government can and should play in affecting the rate at which new land uses supplant traditional ones. Franklin County is typical of such counties. The continuing economic growth in nearby Research Triangle has created unprecedented demands for residential and commercial development.
Census Analysis - Every ten years, the United States Census Bureau conducts a Decennial Census that examines population changes across the country. The Census serves not only as a way to determine the population, but it also helps direct taxes and congressional representation to growing areas across the country. Central North Carolina is one of the fastest growing areas in the state and the country. Between 2000 and 2010, Franklin County grew more than 28%, making it the 12th fastest growing county in the state. It was only a few percentage points behind Chatham, Currituck, Iredell, and Mecklenburg counties in growth rate during that time. The state of North Carolina currently sits at an estimated 9.8 million residents, good for 10th best in the country. Growth is expected to continue, and would affect Franklin County and the towns within. The Franklin County Planning Department analyzed how the county changed in four major areas: population, housing, education, and economy. These four demographics often influence one another, so it is important to examine how each change and the result those changes have on the county.