Introduction to Franklin, New Jersey

Franklin, New Jersey, in Sussex county, is 20 miles NW of Parsippany, New Jersey (center to center) and 34 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey. There are an estimated 5,160 people in the town.

Franklin History

Settlers arrived in the early 1600s. The community, which was established along the Wallkill River, near the iron mines, was originally known as "Franklin Furnace". This area had a particularly rich iron ore content, and in the early 19th century, zinc deposits began to be developed commercially. Many small iron smelting operations were established, and in 1897, these independent companies merged to form the New Jersey Zinc Company. This organization played a prominent role in the community's growth, and immigrants from Britain, Poland, Russia, and Hungary worked for the company. The community was named "Franklin" in honor of Benjamin Franklin. On March 18, 1913, Franklin was incorporated from parts of the Hardyston Township. The town is nicknamed the "Fluorescent Mineral Capital of the World" since there are over 150 minerals in this area, including 25 which are not found anywhere else on earth.

Franklin and Nearby Attractions

  • Franklin Mineral Museum
  • Museum Village
  • Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
  • Campgaw Mountain Reservation
  • Waterloo Village
  • New Jersey Botanical Garden

Things To Do In Franklin

The town of Franklin is home to the Franklin Mineral Museum, which has an Indian room showcasing Native American artifacts, a fossil room featuring various marine, wildlife, and plant fossils, and the Welsh Hall which houses a collection of world-wide minerals. Visitors can collect minerals from the mine dumps as well. Franklin offers easy access to a number of historic sites and museums like the Sterling Hill Mining Museum, Space Farms Zoological Park and Museum, Grover Cleveland Birthplace, Waterloo Village, and Ringwood Manor. The 1,351-acre Campgaw Mountain Reservation offers facilities for camping, biking, and hiking. New Jersey Botanical Garden, and Wild West City theme park are other popular destinations in the area.

Franklin Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Newark Liberty International Airport.

Franklin Higher Education

Colleges close to Franklin are County College of Morris, Orange County Community College, and William Paterson University of New Jersey.


Total Population 4,944
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 14.7%
Employed Population 16+ 2,387
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 48.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $70,938
% Above Poverty Level 91.1%
% Below Poverty Level 8.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 37 minutes
% Working from Home 2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.7%
% Using Public Transportation 4.3%


People Living Alone 30.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,046
Median House Value $202,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.7%
US/American 0%
English 6.8%
Irish 25.4%

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

Franklin Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 20 miles NW of Parsippany, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 34 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey
County Sussex
Standard Zip Codes 07416
Phone Area Codes 973
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.121
Longitude -74.58

Franklin Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station SUSSEX 2 NE
Distance 7.9 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 35 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 59 to 83 F
Oct Temp 37 to 63 F
Annual Precip 48 inches
Distance 10.5 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 36 F
Apr Temp 35 to 60 F
Jul Temp 59 to 84 F
Oct Temp 37 to 64 F
Annual Precip 52.9 inches
Distance 20.4 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 38 F
Apr Temp 36 to 61 F
Jul Temp 59 to 85 F
Oct Temp 39 to 65 F
Annual Precip 53.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Hamburg 3,209 $93,077
Lafayette 2,350 $99,138
Ogdensburg 2,432 $94,550
Sparta 19,440 $142,727
Sussex 1,972 $44,509
Vernon 22,955 $96,880

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

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Zinc mines between 1890 and 1901

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Zinc mines between 1890 and 1901

Near Franklin between 1890 and 1901

Near Franklin between 1890 and 1901

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