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.

Franklin Almanac

Nearest Medium City 12 miles S of Framingham, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City25 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Norfolk County
Standard Zip Codes2038
Phone Area Codes508,774
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.

Franklin Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance3.3 miles
Jan Temp13 to 38 F
Apr Temp35 to 59 F
Jul Temp60 to 84 F
Oct Temp37 to 64 F
Annual Precip48.7 inches
StationWALPOLE 2
Distance9.1 miles
Jan Temp18 to 36 F
Apr Temp37 to 58 F
Jul Temp62 to 83 F
Oct Temp41 to 62 F
Annual Precip46.5 inches
Distance24.2 miles
Jan Temp17 to 35 F
Apr Temp36 to 58 F
Jul Temp61 to 81 F
Oct Temp40 to 61 F
Annual Precip53.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income

Franklin Public Libraries

Franklin Public Library
118 MAIN STREET FRANKLIN (42.085541, -71.399518)
Franklin, Massachusetts
(508) 520-4940

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Franklin Public Schools

Annie Sullivan Middle School
500 Lincoln St
(508) 553-0322
Total Enrollment 459
Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School
201 Main St
(508) 541-3434
Total Enrollment 450
J F Kennedy Memorial
551 Pond St
(508) 541-5260
Total Enrollment 477
Remington Middle
628 Washington St
(508) 541-2130
Total Enrollment 491
Oak Street Elementary
224 Oak St
(508) 541-7890
Total Enrollment 448
Jefferson Elementary
628 Washington St
(508) 541-2140
Total Enrollment 435
Franklin Early Childhood Development Center
224 Oak St
(508) 541-8166
Total Enrollment 173
Helen Keller Elementary
500 Lincoln St
(508) 553-0322
Total Enrollment 538
Tri County Regional Vocational Technical
147 Pond St
(508) 528-5400
Total Enrollment 1006
Davis Thayer
137 West Central St
(508) 541-5263
Total Enrollment 332
Franklin High
218 Oak St
(508) 528-2600
Total Enrollment 1630
Horace Mann
224 Oak St
(508) 541-6230
Total Enrollment 523
235 Wachusett St
(508) 541-5281
Total Enrollment 450

Franklin Private Schools

Cornerstone Christian Academy
40 Kenwood Cir Ste 7
Total Enrollment 60

Franklin Colleges

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