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Overview

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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population4,888
Male Share of the Population47.7%
Female Share of the Population52.3%
Senior Citizens13.6%
Employed Population 16+2,422
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married50.4%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher20.3%
Median Earnings25+$36,649
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$25,536
Median Earnings With High School Degree$27,955

Wealth

Median Family Income$68,633
% Above Poverty Level89.9%
% Below Poverty Level10.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time37 minutes
% Working from Home2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work1%
% Using Public Transportation3.8%

Housing

People Living Alone28.5%
Median Gross Rent$1,074
Median House Value$197,400

Ancestry

Irish22.1%
Italian20.3%
German19.1%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)12.6%
Polish8.9%
Dutch6.7%
English6.4%
Hungarian2.4%
Scottish2.1%
West Indian1.6%
Jamaican1.5%
French Except Basque1.1%
Welsh1%
Lithuanian0.9%
Austrian0.9%
Greek0.7%
Ukrainian0.7%
Norwegian0.7%
Turkish0.6%
Swiss0.5%
Czech0.5%
Brazilian0.4%
Portuguese0.4%
Swedish0.3%
Russian0.3%
Danishn0.2%
Belizean0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Canadian0.1%
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Franklin Almanac

CategoryValue
County Sussex County
Standard Zip Codes7416
Phone Area Codes862,973
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.11
Approximate Longitude-74.58

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)

StationSUSSEX 2 NE
Distance7.9 miles
Jan Temp14 to 35 F
Apr Temp35 to 59 F
Jul Temp59 to 83 F
Oct Temp37 to 63 F
Annual Precip48 inches
StationCHARLOTTEBURG RESERVOIR
Distance10.5 miles
Jan Temp15 to 36 F
Apr Temp35 to 60 F
Jul Temp59 to 84 F
Oct Temp37 to 64 F
Annual Precip52.9 inches
StationMORRIS PLAINS 1 W
Distance20.4 miles
Jan Temp18 to 38 F
Apr Temp36 to 61 F
Jul Temp59 to 85 F
Oct Temp39 to 65 F
Annual Precip53.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Hamburg3,194$92,458
Lafayette2,386$101,509
Ogdensburg2,424$93,667
Sparta19,167$142,324
Sussex1,976$47,891
Vernon22,783$98,738

Franklin Public Schools

Franklin Elementary School
50 Washington Avenue
ZIP: 7416
(973) 827-9775
Primary
Total Enrollment 458
Hardyston Township Elementary School
50 Route 23
ZIP: 7416
(973) 823-7000
Primary
Total Enrollment 415

Franklin Private Schools

Immaculate Conception Regional School
65 Church St
ZIP: 7416
Elementary
Total Enrollment 190
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Historic Franklin

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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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