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Welcome to Franklin ...

The city of Franklin is located in Norfolk County<1>.

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 34,126 people<3> (see below for details).

Franklin was settled in 1660 and was incorporated in 1778.

The community of Franklin is 250 feet [76 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Franklin lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Telephone area codes for Franklin: (508) & (774)<5>

The ZIP code for Franklin: 02038<6>

Websites for Franklin ...

Official Website: www.franklin.ma.us/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Franklin had an population of 34,126 people. This is an increase of 7.87% since the 2010 Census.

At the time of the 2010 Census, Franklin had a population of 31,635 people. This makes Franklin the county's 6th most populous community.

The population of Franklin represents 0.48% of the total population of Massachusetts (which has 6,547,629 people), making it the state's 52nd most populous community.

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

Communities Also Named Franklin ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that 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), Kentucky (2), Louisiana, Maine, Manitoba, Maryland (2), 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.

  • Providence [Providence County]
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    • Providence [Providence County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<7> to the south of Franklin
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 179,270 people
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  • Brockton [Plymouth County]
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    • Brockton [Plymouth County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<7> to the east of Franklin
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 95,770 people
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  • Framingham [Middlesex County]
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    • Framingham [Middlesex County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<7> to the north of Franklin
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 73,892 people
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  • Pawtucket [Providence County]
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    • Pawtucket [Providence County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<7> to the south of Franklin
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 71,710 people
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    • East Providence [Providence County]
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      • East Providence [Providence County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<7> to the south of Franklin
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 47,337 people
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    • Attleboro [Bristol County]
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      • Attleboro [Bristol County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<7> to the southeast of Franklin
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 45,444 people
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    • Woonsocket [Providence County]
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      • Woonsocket [Providence County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<7> to the southwest of Franklin
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 41,545 people
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    • Marlborough [Middlesex County]
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      • Marlborough [Middlesex County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<7> to the northwest of Franklin
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 39,290 people
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    • Natick [Middlesex County]
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      • Natick [Middlesex County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<7> to the north of Franklin
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 35,766 people
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    • Cumberland [Providence County]
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      • Cumberland [Providence County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<7> to the south of Franklin
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 35,207 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cumberland have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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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.

While we are unaware of a Tourism page that is specific to Franklin, there are neighboring communities that do have Tourism pages. A map of those communities can be found with our TripAdvisor Page for Franklin.

Adding Franklin to Our Gazetteer ...

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, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Franklin was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Franklin on a map titled George#&160;F. Cram Map (1901).

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Massachusetts

About Norfolk County

About Massachusetts

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Franklin: www.franklin.ma.us/

The official website for Norfolk County: www.norfolkcounty.org/

The official website for State of Massachusetts: https://www.mass.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Massachusetts' counties, including Norfolk, 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>Area code (774) is an overlay for area code (508).
<6>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).
<7>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Franklin) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, 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 FranklinOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Franklin. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.0854, Longitude: -71.4013    
<8>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.






















 

 

 

 

 


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