Introduction to Franklin, Louisiana

Franklin, Louisiana, in St Mary county, is 42 miles SE of Lafayette, Louisiana (center to center) and 86 miles W of New Orleans, Louisiana. There are an estimated 8,354 people in the city.

Franklin History

Franklin was named in honor of Benjamin Franklin. The city was founded in 1808 and was then named as Carlin’s Settlement. It became a parish seat in 1811. Franklin was incorporated in 1820. The city became an interior sugar port with the development of steamboating and the emergence of large sugar plantations in the area.

Franklin and nearby Attractions

  • Old City Market
  • Grevemberg House Museum
  • Broussard-Harris Park
  • St Mary Parish Museum
  • Blakesley Shopping Center

Things To Do In Franklin

Tourists in Franklin love to hang around at the Old City Market as well as Blakesley Shopping Center. One can also visit the Saint Marys Episcopal Church. The loal parks come with a range of recreational facilities. Some of them are the Broussard - Harris Park and Caffery Park. The St Mary Parish Museum and Grevemberg House Museum are idael destinations for the history lovers. The city also hosts festivals such as the Mardi Gras and the Harvest Moon Festival every yaer.

Franklin Transportation

Air transport facilities are available at Acadiana Regional Airport.

Franklin Higher Education

University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Nicholls State University, Southern University and A & M College, and Southeastern Louisiana University are the centers of higher education.


Total Population 7,483
Male Share of the Population 47.4%
Female Share of the Population 52.6%
Senior Citizens 14.9%
Employed Population 16+ 2,394
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 36.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 11.6%
Median Earnings25+ $23,454
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $14,098
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,629


Median Family Income $36,389
% Above Poverty Level 70.5%
% Below Poverty Level 29.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.9%


People Living Alone 25.7%
Median Gross Rent $571
Median House Value $76,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 59.5%
US/American 0%
English 2.3%
Irish 2.5%

Franklin Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 42 miles SE of Lafayette, Louisiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 86 miles W of New Orleans, Louisiana
County St Mary
Standard Zip Codes 70538
Phone Area Codes 337
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 29.795
Longitude -91.501

Franklin Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 3.3 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 61 F
Apr Temp 58 to 77 F
Jul Temp 74 to 89 F
Oct Temp 59 to 79 F
Annual Precip 65.1 inches
Distance 16.7 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 61 F
Apr Temp 57 to 77 F
Jul Temp 73 to 90 F
Oct Temp 57 to 79 F
Annual Precip 62.2 inches
Distance 21.3 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 61 F
Apr Temp 58 to 78 F
Jul Temp 73 to 91 F
Oct Temp 59 to 80 F
Annual Precip 60.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Franklin, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Cypremort Point (70538)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Baldwin 2,087 $34,792
Berwick 4,857 $53,571
Jeanerette 5,547 $35,606
Morgan City 12,153 $49,096
New Iberia 30,750 $49,363
Patterson 6,100 $55,744

Franklin Public Libraries

St. Mary Parish Library
Franklin, Louisiana
(337) 828-1624
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Student/teacher ratio: 13

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Student/teacher ratio: 6.1

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