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Overview

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.

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.

People

Total Population
Male Share of the Population
Female Share of the Population
Senior Citizens
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population

Families

% of people married
Average household size

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher
Median Earnings25+
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification
Median Earnings With High School Degree

Wealth

Median Family Income
% Above Poverty Level
% Below Poverty Level

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time
% Working from Home
% Walking and Biking to Work
% Using Public Transportation

Housing

People Living Alone
Median Gross Rent
Median House Value

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)
US/American
English
Irish

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bellingham 5,396 $92,875
Medway 13,069 $137,644
Milford 25,729 $81,458
Millis 8,051 $113,728
Norfolk 11,660 $150,096
Wrentham 11,287 $124,539

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Franklin Public Libraries

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

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Franklin High Schools

(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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