Franklin, MA
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Franklin is a medium-sized city located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 33,230 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 89.26% 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 (15.41%), sales jobs (12.06%), and office and administrative support (10.89%).

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 7.91% 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.

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.

One downside of living in Franklin is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Franklin, the average commute to work is 34.34 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Franklin is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Franklin area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Franklin, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Franklin is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 56.27% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Franklin in 2010 was $50,626, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $202,504 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 Spanish and Chinese.