Franklin is a very small town located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 3,940 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Franklin is the 203rd largest community in North Carolina.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Franklin is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Franklin is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Franklin who work in maintenance occupations (14.78%), sales jobs (12.41%), and office and administrative support (11.04%).
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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.32% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Franklin spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.16 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the town are less than they would otherwise be.
As is often the case in a small town, Franklin doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.
The education level of Franklin citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 24.82% of adults in Franklin have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Franklin in 2010 was $19,737, which is middle income relative to North Carolina, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $78,948 for a family of four. Franklin also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 33.40% of its population below the federal poverty line.
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. Franklin also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 21.40% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Franklin include German, Irish, Scots-Irish, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Franklin is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.