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Overview

Introduction to Franklin, Louisiana

Franklin, Louisiana, in St Mary county, is 42 miles SE of Lafayette, Louisiana (center to center) and 86 miles W of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Franklin History

Franklin was named in honor of Benjamin Franklin. The city was founded in 1808 and was then named as Carlin’s Settlement. It became a parish seat in 1811. Franklin was incorporated in 1820. The city became an interior sugar port with the development of steamboating and the emergence of large sugar plantations in the area.

Franklin and nearby Attractions

  • Old City Market
  • Grevemberg House Museum
  • Broussard-Harris Park
  • St Mary Parish Museum
  • Blakesley Shopping Center

Things To Do In Franklin

Tourists in Franklin love to hang around at the Old City Market as well as Blakesley Shopping Center. One can also visit the Saint Marys Episcopal Church. The local parks come with a range of recreational facilities. Some of them are the Broussard - Harris Park and Caffery Park. The St Mary Parish Museum and Grevemberg House Museum are idael destinations for the history lovers. The city also hosts festivals such as the Mardi Gras and the Harvest Moon Festival every year.

Franklin Transportation

Air transport facilities are available at Acadiana Regional Airport.

Franklin Higher Education

University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Nicholls State University, Southern University and A & M College, and Southeastern Louisiana University are the centers of higher education.

People

Total Population 7,435
Male Share of the Population 48.2%
Female Share of the Population 51.8%
Senior Citizens 14.9%
Employed Population 16+ 2,471
Age of the Population 39

Families

% of people married 32.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 11.2%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $37,158
% Above Poverty Level 70.5%
% Below Poverty Level 29.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.6%
% Using Public Transportation 1.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 27.4%
Median Gross Rent $578
Median House Value $75,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 61.6%
US/American 0%
English 2.2%
Irish 2.1%

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

Franklin Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 42 miles SE of Lafayette, Louisiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 86 miles W of New Orleans, Louisiana
County St Mary
Standard Zip Codes 70538
Phone Area Codes 337
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 29.795
Longitude -91.501

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 FRANKLIN 3 NW
Distance 3.3 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 61 F
Apr Temp 58 to 77 F
Jul Temp 74 to 89 F
Oct Temp 59 to 79 F
Annual Precip 65.1 inches
Station JEANERETTE 5 NW
Distance 16.7 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 61 F
Apr Temp 57 to 77 F
Jul Temp 73 to 90 F
Oct Temp 57 to 79 F
Annual Precip 62.2 inches
Station NEW IBERIA
Distance 21.3 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 61 F
Apr Temp 58 to 78 F
Jul Temp 73 to 91 F
Oct Temp 59 to 80 F
Annual Precip 60.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Cypremort Point (70538)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Baldwin 2,236 $34,773
Berwick 4,830 $57,857
Jeanerette 5,549 $35,822
Morgan City 12,019 $50,257
New Iberia 30,782 $50,310
Patterson 6,106 $52,438

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

Franklin Public Libraries

Library
St. Mary Parish Library
206 IBERIA STREET
Franklin, Louisiana
(337) 828-1624
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Franklin High Schools

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FRANKLIN SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
1401 CYNTHIA STREET
337-828-0143
Serves 534 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13

ST. MARY PARISH ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL
131 CLAUSEN ROAD SOUTH
337-836-9388
A Non-traditional School
Serves 49 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.1

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