Franklin, MA
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Franklin is a medium-sized city located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 33,147 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 89.50% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Franklin is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Franklin who work in management occupations (14.98%), office and administrative support (13.39%), and sales jobs (11.69%).

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.

Because of many things, Franklin is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Franklin really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Franklin perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

In Franklin, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.84 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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Franklin use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Franklin‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the train. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

If knowledge is power, Franklin is a pretty powerful place. 54.22% 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 2010 was $45,039, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $180,156 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 Italian, English, German, and French .

The most common language spoken in Franklin is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.