Introduction to Franklin Lakes, New Jersey

Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, in Bergen county, is 7 miles N of Paterson, New Jersey and 20 miles N of Newark, New Jersey. The town is located in the Bergen - Passaic metropolitan area. Franklin Lakes has a population of 10,422.

Franklin Lakes History

The area that is now recognized as Franklin was originally inhabited by the Lenni Lenape Native Americans people. Modern European settlers arrived in this area in the late 17th century. Over the years, the area grew into Franklin Township. Franklin Lakes was formed on a section of Franklin Township and incorporated in 1922.

Franklin Lakes and nearby Attractions

  • Lorrimer Sanctuary
  • Glen Rock Arboretum
  • New Jersey Botanical Garden
  • Darlington Golf Course
  • High Mountain Wilderness Park
  • Bergen County Zoological Park

Things To Do In Franklin Lakes

The area in and around Franklin Lakes provides plenty of opportunities for various activities. The nearby parks and lakes are popular spots for recreation. The town’s recreation department organizes programs for adults and youngsters. These include coaching for various sports, as well as cultural and artistic programs.

Franklin Lakes Transportation

Air transport is available from La Guardia Airport.

Franklin Lakes Higher Education

Higher studies can be pursued from Bergen Community College, Passaic County Community College and Ramapo College.


Total Population 10,799
Male Share of the Population 49.3%
Female Share of the Population 50.7%
Senior Citizens 18.9%
Employed Population 16+ 5,026
Age of the Population 47


% of people married 65.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 66.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $174,444
% Above Poverty Level 96.9%
% Below Poverty Level 3.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 33 minutes
% Working from Home 6.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation 4.6%


People Living Alone 14.5%
Median Gross Rent $2,242
Median House Value $952,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 20.5%
US/American 1.4%
English 6.5%
Irish 13.7%

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

Franklin Lakes Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles N of Paterson, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 20 miles N of Newark, New Jersey
County Bergen
Standard Zip Codes 07417
Phone Area Codes 201
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.027
Longitude -74.206

Franklin Lakes Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 5.1 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 36 F
Apr Temp 39 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 41 to 63 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches
Distance 6.8 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 36 F
Apr Temp 39 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 51 inches
Distance 11 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Allendale 6,717 $153,333
Midland Park 7,269 $120,045
Oakland 13,003 $121,671
Pompton Lakes 11,179 $104,482
Ramsey 14,889 $160,386
Wyckoff 17,045 $161,417

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

Franklin Lakes Public Libraries

Franklin Lakes Free Public Library
Franklin Lakes, New Jersey
(201) 891-2224

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Franklin Lakes High Schools

Serves 1,203 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.6

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