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Welcome to Franklin ...

The city of Franklin is located in Simpson County<1> and is the County Seat for Simpson County.

When the people of Franklin refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Franklinite<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Franklin has a population of 9,010 people<3> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Franklin.

Franklin is 670 feet [204 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Franklin lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

The area code for Franklin: (270)

The ZIP codes for Franklin: 42134-42135<5>

Websites for Franklin ...

Official Website: www.cityoffranklin.com/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Franklin had an population of 9,010 people. This is an increase of 7.16% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 12.68% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Franklin had a population of 8,408 people (or 48.53% of the total population of Simpson County). This makes Franklin the county's most populous community.

The population of Franklin represents 0.19% of the population of Kentucky (which has 4,339,367 people), making it the state's 44th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 8,408 people, the population of Franklin increased 5.15% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 7,996 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Franklin.

Adding Franklin to Our Gazetteer ...

As we work on our Gazetteer, we occasionally find mention of a community that is new to us. When we find such a community, we add it to our Gazetteer with the hope of adding more information in the future.

We originally found mention of Franklin in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, we also found mention of Franklin elsewhere: The earliest book where we found it mentioned was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Franklin on our Genealogy Page.

Communities Also Named Franklin ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are two Kentucky communities named Franklin: This one is located in Simpson County and the other is located in Clark County.

Beyond Kentucky, there are 84 communities that are also named Franklin - they are located in Alabama (2), Arizona, Arkansas, California (4), Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho (2), Illinois, Indiana (2), Iowa (3), Kansas (2), Louisiana, Maine, Manitoba, Maryland (2), Massachusetts, Michigan (3), Minnesota (2), Mississippi (2), Missouri, Montana (2), Nebraska (2), Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey (4), New Mexico, New York, North Carolina (3), Ohio (5), Oklahoma, Ontario (3), Oregon, Pennsylvania (5), Quebec, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas (2), Utah, Vermont, Virginia (3), Washington, West Virginia (3) and Wisconsin (3).

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Franklin.

Communities near Franklin ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Franklin.

  • Bowling Green [Warren County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bowling Green
    • Bowling Green [Warren County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the northeast of Franklin
    • Estimated population in 2019: 70,543 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bowling Green have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Former names for Bowling Green:
    • Bolin Green
    • McFadden's Station
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bowling Green
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bowling Green<8>
  • Portland [Sumner County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Portland
    • Portland [Sumner County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<6> to the south of Franklin
    • Estimated population in 2019: 13,030 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Portland
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Portland<8>
  • White House [Robertson County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for White House
    • White House [Robertson County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the south of Franklin
    • Estimated population in 2019: 12,638 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for White House have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on White House
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for White House<8>
  • Russellville [Logan County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Russellville
    • Russellville [Logan County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<6> to the northwest of Franklin
    • Estimated population in 2019: 7,109 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Russellville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Russellville<8>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Hall Town [Sumner County]
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      • Hall Town [Sumner County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the south of Franklin
      • Estimated population in 2014: 2,202 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hall Town have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hall Town
    • Cross Plains [Robertson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cross Plains
      • Cross Plains [Robertson County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the southwest of Franklin
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,827 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cross Plains have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cross Plains
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cross Plains<8>
    • Auburn [Logan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Auburn
      • Auburn [Logan County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the northwest of Franklin
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,380 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Auburn have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Auburn
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Auburn<8>
    • Orlinda [Robertson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Orlinda
      • Orlinda [Robertson County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<6> to the southwest of Franklin
      • Estimated population in 2019: 940 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Orlinda
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Orlinda<8>
    • Adairville [Logan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Adairville
      • Adairville [Logan County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the west of Franklin
      • Estimated population in 2019: 885 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Adairville have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Adairville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Adairville<8>
    • New Deal [Sumner County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for New Deal
      • New Deal [Sumner County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the south of Franklin
      • Population from the 2010 Census: 368 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for New Deal have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on New Deal

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Franklin. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Franklin.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Franklin. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Franklin.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Franklin. See our Newspapers Page for Franklin.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Franklin ...

Looking for more information about Franklin? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Franklin, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Franklin.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Simpson County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Franklin: www.cityoffranklin.com/

The official website for State of Kentucky: https://kentucky.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Kentucky's counties, including Simpson, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Franklin refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Franklin may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Franklin.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Franklin - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Franklin). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Franklin or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Franklin includes: 42134 & 42135.
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Franklin) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Franklin. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Franklin

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Franklin. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.7221, Longitude: -86.5780    
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<8>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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