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Franklin, Massachusetts

Introduction to Franklin, Massachusetts

Franklin, Massachusetts, in Norfolk county, is 12 miles S of Framingham, Massachusetts and 25 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. The city is conveniently located inside the Boston metropolitan area. There are an estimated 29,560 people in Franklin.

Franklin History

In 1660, Franklin was first settled by Europeans. The Franklin Public Library was the first free public library in America. Earlier, the city was known as Exeter. However, during its incorporation in 1778, the city was renamed to Franklin, after Revolutionary hero Benjamin Franklin. The city is the hometown of Horace Mann, America's father of public education. St. Mary's Catholic Church, which is the largest Catholic parish in the Boston Archdiocese, also lies in Franklin.

Franklin and nearby Attractions

  • Franklin Public Library
  • Chilson Park
  • Museum of Fine Arts-Boston
  • Blackstone River Gallery
  • Noon Hill

Things To Do In Franklin

The Franklin Public Library is the ideal place to begin exploring the city. Moreover, there are 74 historical buildings in the city. In Franklin, you can find a series of restaurants and bars, an old fashioned movie theater, an astro-turf playing and recreation field, spots for swimming and fishing, and a number of playgrounds. You can also relax and play volleyball at the beach.

Franklin Transportation

Boston Logan International is the closest major airport.

Franklin Higher Education

The local college of the city is Dean College.

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High Points

Franklin strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Massachusetts):

Category Trophy
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Franklin Low Property Crime
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Franklin Low Violent Crime
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Franklin Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Franklin People in Middle Class or Better
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Franklin Median Family Income
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Franklin College Educated Adults
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Franklin Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Franklin, Massachusetts

Comparing Franklin to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Massachusetts (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).


The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Children Under 5 Years Old 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 9 7
Well-Paid Single Women 8 7
Male Share of the Population 7 6
Age of the Population 5 1
Female Share of the Population 4 5
Senior Citizens 2 1
Racial Diversity 1 6

Families

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Portion of People Married 10 8
Average Household Size 8 9

Wealth

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
People Above Poverty 10 9
People in Middle Class or Better 10 9
Median Family Income 10 9
College Educated Adults 9 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Working at Home 9 7
Public Transportation Use 9 9
Short Commute Times 1 2
Walking and Biking to Work 1 2

Housing

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Housing Recently Built 7 9
Affordability of Rents 5 5
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 5 2
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 3
People Living Alone 2 3
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 5

Crime

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Low Property Crime 10 9
Low Violent Crime 10 8

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Franklin Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 12 miles S of Framingham, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 25 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Norfolk
Standard Zip Codes 02038
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.094
Longitude -71.397

Franklin Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:
  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station WEST MEDWAY
Distance 3.3 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 38 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 60 to 84 F
Oct Temp 37 to 64 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches
Station WALPOLE 2
Distance 9.1 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 36 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46.5 inches
Station NORTH FOSTER 1 E
Distance 24.2 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 35 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 61 to 81 F
Oct Temp 40 to 61 F
Annual Precip 53.1 inches
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Franklin Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 29,560 100%
Male 14,487 49%
Female 15,073 51%
Under 18 8,965 30.3%
18+ 20,595 69.7%
65+ 2,418 8.2%
Median Age 34.8
Average Family Size 3.29
White 28,364 96%
African-American 318 1.1%
Asian 491 1.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 43 0.1%
Other 87 0.3%
Mixed Race 248 0.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 318 1.1%

Estimated Franklin Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 30,893
Growth 1,333
Growth % 4.5%

Franklin Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Irish 26%
Italian 22.8%
English 9.5%
German 5.5%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 5.4%
US/American 4%
French Canadian 3.7%
French (except Basque) 3.5%
Polish 2.9%
Scottish 2.1%
Scotch-Irish 1.7%
Swedish 1.4%
Russian 1.1%
Canadian 0.9%
Greek 0.8%
Armenian 0.8%
Ukrainian 0.7%
Portuguese 0.7%
British 0.6%
Dutch 0.6%
Lebanese 0.6%
Lithuanian 0.5%
Norwegian 0.5%
European 0.5%
Danish 0.3%
Czech 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Latvian 0.3%
Turkish 0.2%
Cape Verdean 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Franklin 29,560 $81,826
Bellingham 15,314 $72,074
Medway 12,448 $85,627
Milford 26,799 $61,029
Millis 7,902 $72,171
Norfolk 10,460 $92,001
Wrentham 10,554 $89,058

Franklin Public Libraries

Library
Franklin Public Library
118 MAIN STREET
Franklin, Massachusetts
(508) 520-4940

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Franklin High Schools (2004)


(Sorted by Number of Students)

FRANKLIN HIGH
218 OAK STREET
508-528-5600
Serves 1,353 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.6

TRI COUNTY REG VOC TECH
147 POND STREET
508-528-5400
A Vocational School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 867 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.3

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1. Medway, Massachusetts 93.4   17.2% 9.1% 43.5% 34 $85,627 8.6% 2.5% 12,448 2.3% 2.1 0.1% 0.2
2. Norton, Massachusetts 93.1   19.3% 7.8% 30.8% 32 $71,848 8% 7.8% 18,036 4% 10 0.3% 0.4
3. Medfield, Massachusetts 93   15.3% 9.3% 62.1% 36 $108,926 8.5% 3.2% 12,273 1.4% 5.4 0.2% 0.3
4. Pepperell, Massachusetts 92.3   17.6% 7.5% 32.8% 36 $73,967 7.8% 2.8% 11,142 3.7% 9.4 0.3% 1.2
5. Readington, New Jersey 91.8   18.2% 9.8% 48.2% 35 $106,343 7.4% 4.9% 15,803 1.6% 10.6 0.3% 0.6
6. Ashland, Massachusetts 91.6   22.6% 9.8% 45.6% 34 $77,611 7.9% 8.1% 14,674 2% 3.9 0.2% 1.6
7. Holliston, Massachusetts 91.5   16.3% 8.9% 50.8% 34 $84,878 7.4% 3.3% 13,801 3.4% 3.3 0.1% 1.4
8. Sudbury, Massachusetts 91   11.1% 9.8% 71.9% 35 $130,399 8.8% 5.8% 16,841 2.8% 7.2 0.1% 0.6
9. Tyngsborough, Massachusetts 90.6   16.2% 6.6% 30.6% 32 $78,680 8.9% 4.4% 11,081 4.7% 18.8 0.6% 0.9
10. Roxbury, New Jersey 90.6   18.1% 9.9% 33.9% 35 $83,409 7.1% 7.4% 23,883 2.7% 14.2 0.4% 1.1
11. Londonderry, New Hampshire 90.4   12.8% 5.3% 35.9% 32 $73,513 7.4% 3.1% 23,236 2.1% 11.7 0.2% 0.8
12. Northborough, Massachusetts 90.3   17% 9.8% 51% 27 $90,480 7.3% 7% 14,013 2.8% 10.9 0.4% 0.4
13. Hanover, Massachusetts 90.1   15.2% 10.5% 38.3% 33 $86,835 7.7% 2.3% 13,164 2.3% 19.1 0.1% 0.8
14. Evesham, New Jersey 89.7   22.9% 8.9% 39.7% 31 $77,245 7.3% 8.7% 42,275 2.8% 16.7 0.2% 1.2
15. Norfolk, Massachusetts 89.6   10.8% 5.5% 37.9% 36 $92,001 7.3% 11% 10,460 1.1% 4.2 0.4% 0.5
16. Branchburg, New Jersey 89.6   19.9% 8.3% 53.7% 33 $110,268 8.7% 9.6% 14,566 1.9% 8.4 0.6% 0.1
17. Howell, New Jersey 89.5   15.3% 8.8% 29% 39 $74,623 8% 10% 48,903 4.2% 12.7 0.3% 1
18. Georgetown, Massachusetts 89.4   16.8% 9.4% 38.4% 32 $79,649 8.5% 1.5% 7,377 4.2% 4.3 0.6% 0.1
19. Hudson, New Hampshire 89.4   16.3% 7.9% 25.9% 30 $71,313 7.4% 3.7% 22,928 2.3% 15.2 0.4% 1
20. Long Hill, New Jersey 89.1   18.2% 12.6% 49.3% 31 $103,037 7.7% 7.2% 8,777 3.3% 12 0.4% 0.6
21. East Bridgewater, Massachusetts 89   17.4% 10.1% 22.2% 31 $67,307 7.1% 3.1% 12,974 4.1% 8.2 0.1% 0.7
22. Ballwin, Missouri 89   21.3% 12.1% 46.7% 28 $77,021 7.3% 6.6% 31,283 3.2% 7.8 0.2% 0.6
23. Farmington, Utah 88.6   8% 5.4% 42.1% 26 $78,492 7.9% 4.3% 12,081 2.4% 15.3 0.1% 0.7
24. Kinnelon, New Jersey 88.2   9.4% 9% 57.4% 35 $110,593 7.5% 4.4% 9,365 2.6% 9.1 0.6% 0.6
25. Lakeville, Minnesota 88   10.7% 2.8% 35.7% 26 $76,542 10.1% 5.7% 43,128 2% 19.1 0.2% 0.7
26. Oakland, New Jersey 88   12.8% 12.7% 41.4% 32 $93,695 7.8% 5.2% 12,466 1.7% 8.8 0.4% 0.6
27. Acton, Massachusetts 87.7   21.5% 8.4% 69.3% 33 $108,189 7.4% 11.6% 20,331 2.9% 12.6 0.5% 0.2
28. Westfield, New Jersey 87.6   19.3% 13.5% 62.5% 35 $112,145 8% 10% 29,644 2.7% 11.7 0.4% 0.1
29. Uxbridge, Massachusetts 87.5   19.2% 9.9% 26.9% 32 $70,068 8% 2% 11,156 4.7% 11.6 0.2% 1.6
30. Warren, New Jersey 87.5   12.1% 11.2% 58.2% 33 $121,264 7.1% 13.7% 14,259 2.1% 10.9 0.3% 0.5
31. Norwell, Massachusetts 87.4   14.4% 12.6% 51.9% 37 $96,771 7.2% 2.4% 9,765 1.9% 11.7 0.6% 1.4
32. Jackson, New Jersey 87.4   16.1% 9.4% 23.1% 37 $71,045 8.2% 8.7% 42,816 3.7% 13.4 0.5% 1.5
33. Danville, California 87.3   15.9% 10.3% 59.4% 33 $125,867 7.1% 13.7% 41,715 2.2% 18.1 0.3% 1.2
34. Lino Lakes, Minnesota 87.2   10% 3.3% 33.5% 28 $79,183 8.5% 6.3% 16,791 3% 17.8 0% 1
35. Ramsey, New Jersey 87.2   22.6% 11.2% 54.5% 30 $104,036 7.6% 8.4% 14,351 1.9% 13 0.3% 1.1
36. Sammamish, Washington 87.2   9.4% 4% 61.5% 31 $104,356 8.4% 12.2% 34,104 2% 12.1 0.6% 0.4
37. Bedford, New Hampshire 87.1   14.1% 11.5% 49.3% 28 $91,868 7.3% 2.6% 18,274 2.2% 9.4 0.5% 0.4
38. Bernardsville, New Jersey 87   21.1% 12.7% 59.6% 33 $126,601 7.6% 6.1% 7,345 2.8% 11.3 0.5% 0.3
39. Litchfield, New Hampshire 86.6   9.4% 3.5% 33.3% 33 $76,931 9.3% 2.3% 7,360 2.1% 14.4 0.3% 1.6
40. Merrimac, Massachusetts 86.5   19.8% 11% 30.8% 30 $69,118 7.3% 1.7% 6,138 2.7% 8.3 0.6% 2
41. Fair Haven, New Jersey 86.5   15.5% 10.3% 61.8% 36 $109,760 9% 6.1% 5,937 2.3% 7.9 0.4% 0.7
42. Fishers, Indiana 86.3   20.6% 3.4% 60.1% 26 $81,971 11.9% 7.7% 37,835 1.8% 16 0.4% 0.2
43. Grafton, Massachusetts 86.3   24.7% 11.2% 34.8% 30 $66,396 7.3% 4.1% 14,894 5.6% 5.8 0.1% 1.7
44. Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey 86.3   10.6% 13.4% 58.3% 34 $133,925 7.1% 6.2% 5,745 1.5% 7.7 0.2% 0.5
45. Flower Mound, Texas 86.1   8.9% 2.7% 53.1% 33 $98,055 10.7% 9.8% 50,702 2.5% 13.9 0.1% 0.9
46. Ridgewood, New Jersey 86   18.5% 12.2% 66.7% 36 $121,848 7.8% 12.2% 24,936 3% 8.3 0.4% 0.2
47. Corinth, Texas 85.9   10.3% 3.3% 38.9% 36 $80,792 10.9% 11.4% 11,325 1.6% 16.5 0.1% 0.6
48. Trophy Club, Texas 85.9   11.6% 6% 46.1% 32 $93,990 8.1% 6.6% 6,350 1.8% 9.3 0.1% 0.8
49. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey 85.6   8.4% 11.4% 59.9% 38 $132,401 7.7% 8.8% 7,741 0.7% 5.8 0.6% 0.3
50. Medina, Ohio 85.1   25.1% 10.2% 32.5% 26 $57,435 9.2% 5.4% 25,139 5.7% 4.6 0.2% 0.2
51. Powell, Ohio 85   7.6% 3.8% 68.6% 27 $117,801 11.8% 5.7% 6,247 0.4% 12.3 0.3% 0.2
52. Twinsburg, Ohio 84.5   25.3% 11.2% 38.5% 27 $72,634 8% 13.1% 17,006 2.1% 11.2 0.3% 1.1
53. Mount Olive, New Jersey 83.8   23.8% 6.4% 36.5% 38 $75,189 8.7% 13.3% 24,193 3.1% 12.5 0.5% 0.7
54. Helena, Alabama 83.2   17.5% 5.1% 45.2% 32 $66,250 10.1% 6.8% 10,296 2.2% 4.2 0.1% 0.1
55. Alabaster, Alabama 83   17.7% 7.7% 34.7% 32 $63,685 9.3% 12.3% 22,619 5.9% 8.9 0.2% 1
56. Sachse, Texas 82.5   10.3% 4% 30.6% 31 $71,918 9.2% 12.7% 9,751 4.6% 19.9 0.3% 1.5
57. Summit, New Jersey 81.9   24% 13.1% 61.6% 34 $117,053 8.6% 12.2% 21,131 4.2% 18.5 0.5% 0.6
58. Perkasie, Pennsylvania 80.5   24.4% 10.6% 22.8% 28 $59,413 7.3% 2.2% 8,828 4.7% 20.6 0.2% 1.3
59. Larchmont, New York 78.1   25.6% 12.9% 73.7% 43 $163,965 8.8% 5.8% 6,485 2.3% 17.1 0.4% 0.5
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