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About Franklin County

Franklin County, named for American statesman, scientist, and inventor Benjamin Franklin, was established on April 30, 1803. The Franklin County government structure includes 33agencies, 42 independently elected officials, and 39 appointed boards, commissions, and committees. The Franklin County Commissioners manage a budget of more than $1 billion each year1. The 2015 United States Census Bureau population estimate for Franklin County is 1,251,7222.

Franklin County, Ohio's capital city - Columbus - is full of beautiful neighborhoods and is home to 19 Metro Parks with more than 200 miles of trails. It has a critically acclaimed food scene and top-ranked attractions like the Columbus Zoo and its neighboring water park.

This creative-minded city offers something for everyone. Families will enjoy COSI, the nationally known science center. Art lovers will savor the collections at the Columbus Museum of Art and revel in Gallery Hop, a monthly celebration in the Short North Arts District. Columbus is a city that invites exploration.