Franklin is a medium-sized city located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 34,087 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Franklin is the 51st largest community in Massachusetts.
Housing costs in Franklin are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Massachusetts.
Franklin is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 88.66% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Franklin is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Franklin who work in management occupations (16.33%), sales jobs (12.01%), and office and administrative support (9.10%).
Also of interest is that Franklin has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
A relatively large number of people in Franklin telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.81% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Franklin is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Franklin’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.
In Franklin, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 34.96 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.
For the size of the city, public transportation in Franklin is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Franklin, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
If knowledge is power, Franklin is a pretty powerful place. 55.73% of the adults in Franklin have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Franklin in 2018 was $53,944, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $215,776 for a family of four.
The people who call Franklin home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Franklin residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Franklin include Irish, Italian, English, German, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Franklin is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Langs. of India.