Franklin, New Hampshire

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Franklin, New Hampshire

Introduction to Franklin, New Hampshire

Franklin, New Hampshire, in Merrimack county, is 32 miles N of Manchester, New Hampshire and 80 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts. There are an estimated 8,405 people in the city.

Franklin History

Franklin was founded in 1764 as Pemigewasset Village. The city is located at the junction of the Pemigewasset and Winnipesauke rivers. It adopted its current name in 1820 in honor of Benjamin Franklin. Franklin was incorporated as a town in 1828 and reincorporated as a city in 1895.

Franklin and nearby Attractions

  • White Mountains National Forest
  • Sargent Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • Daniel Webster Birthplace
  • Ahern State Park
  • Mojalaki Golf Club

Things To Do In Franklin

Franklin offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities. The city is home to the Historic Birthplace of Daniel Webster, which provides a glimpse of the early years of his life as well as farm life during the 1700’s. Franklin’s upside down covered bridge, the Sulphite Bridge, is also a major tourist attraction.

Franklin Transportation

Airport transportation is available from Manchester Airport.

Franklin Higher Education

Plymouth State College, New Hampshire College, Dartmouth College and the University of New Hampshire are the local centers of higher education.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. State)
Top 8% Franklin Walking and Biking to Work
Affordability of Rents
(vs. State)
Top 16% Franklin Affordability of Rents

Comparative Profile of Franklin, New Hampshire

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

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

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Children Under 5 Years Old 7 10
Male Share of the Population 6 2
Age of the Population 6 3
Senior Citizens 6 8
Female Share of the Population 5 9
Well-Paid Single Men 4 2
Racial Diversity 2 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 5 4
Portion of People Married 4 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 4 1
Median Family Income 4 1
People in Middle Class or Better 4 1
College Educated Adults 3 2

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 9 10
Short Commute Times 6 8
Working at Home 5 1
Public Transportation Use 3 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 5
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 9 10
Affordability of Rents 6 9
People Living Alone 5 8
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 7
Housing Recently Built 2 1

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Franklin Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 32 miles N of Manchester, New Hampshire (center to center)
Nearest Large City 80 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts
County Merrimack
Standard Zip Codes 03235
Phone Area Codes 603
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.444
Longitude -71.647

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 1.6 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 30 F
Apr Temp 32 to 55 F
Jul Temp 57 to 82 F
Oct Temp 34 to 60 F
Annual Precip 42.2 inches
Station LAKEPORT 2
Distance 11.7 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 29 F
Apr Temp 33 to 54 F
Jul Temp 60 to 82 F
Oct Temp 38 to 59 F
Annual Precip 40.9 inches
Distance 34.2 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 32 F
Apr Temp 29 to 56 F
Jul Temp 55 to 82 F
Oct Temp 32 to 61 F
Annual Precip 39.8 inches
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Franklin Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 8,405 100%
Male 4,074 48.5%
Female 4,331 51.5%
Under 18 2,167 25.8%
18+ 6,238 74.2%
65+ 1,233 14.7%
Median Age 37.3
Average Family Size 2.95
White 8,161 97.1%
African-American 32 0.4%
Asian 43 0.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 23 0.3%
Other 29 0.3%
Mixed Race 116 1.4%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 100 1.2%

Estimated Franklin Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 8,763
Growth 358
Growth % 4.3%

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
French (except Basque) 17.9%
English 15.1%
Irish 12.4%
French Canadian 10.6%
US/American 9.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.4%
German 4.8%
Scottish 4.4%
Italian 3.5%
Polish 3.1%
Scotch-Irish 2.2%
Swedish 0.9%
Norwegian 0.8%
Russian 0.7%
Canadian 0.6%
Romanian 0.6%
British 0.4%
Greek 0.4%
European 0.4%
Welsh 0.3%
Croatian 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Danish 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
Albanian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

West Franklin (03235)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Franklin 8,405 $41,698
Belmont 6,716 $53,125
Hill 992 $50,000
Northfield 4,548 $48,787
Salisbury 1,137 $62,321
Sanbornton 2,581 $52,179
Tilton 3,477 $50,143

Franklin Public Libraries

Franklin Public Library
Franklin, New Hampshire
(603) 934-2911

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Franklin Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(603) 934-2060
Emergency Service: Yes

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Franklin High Schools (2004)

Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 462 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14

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