Welcome to the Town of Franklin, Massachusetts
The Town of Franklin is a suburban industrial community on the watershed between the Charles and the Blackstone Rivers, 22 miles southwest of Boston.. Settled in 1676, Franklin spent its first hundred years as the western part of the Town of Wrentham. Incorporated on February 16, 1778, Franklin became the first town in the United States to name itself in honor of the great statesman, Benjamin Franklin.
Year Established 1778
Form of Government Home Rule Charter, Town Council, Town Administrator
School Structure K-12
Tax Rate $14.34 per $1,000 (2013 FY)
Population - 2012 Town Report
Location: The Town of Franklin is located within Norfolk County in southeastern Massachusetts, within 30 miles of Boston, Providence and Worcester, New England’s 3 largest cities.
Total Area 27.01 Square Miles
Land Area 26.7 Square Miles
Water Area 0.3 Square Miles
Elevation 303 Feet
Education is of the utmost importance in the Town of Franklin. The community’s public school system consists of 1 preschool, 6 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, and Franklin’s High School, as well as the Tri-County Regional Vocational High School. In addition, Franklin contains Ben Franklin Classical Charter School, Cornerstone Christian Academy, and Dean College.
Dedication to education is reflected in test results and national rankings of the Town of Franklin’s public and private schools. In 2008, Franklin was categorized as a “high performance” school district. Students in Franklin surpassed state and national averages for MCAS testing with an average scoring of “high” or “very high” in every category.
Franklin’s ideal location between Providence, Boston, and Worcester positions it within 30 miles of over 100 higher education and vocational training institutions, including State universities, colleges and community colleges, Ivy League schools and many other well know private colleges and universities, including some of the best research and engineering universities in the country.
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Community, Culture, and Quality of Life
The Town of Franklin is a family oriented community with a great quality of life, newly renovated public schools, new historic museum and senior center, an outstanding public library, fourteen recreational fields and playgrounds, significant cultural resources, and many family orientated events and activities throughout the year.
One of the “Best Town’s for Families” The Town of Franklin was named one of Family Circle’s 2007 "Ten Best Towns for Families" in the United States. This honor was bestowed on Franklin and nine other towns and small cities "that offer what parents and children want most - affordable homes, good jobs, top-rated schools, open spaces and a lot less stress".
Franklin is a vibrant community with abundant activities for all residents; some of the community’s active civic, sports, religious, and youth organizations include: Franklin Lions Club, Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts of America, Franklin
Odd Fellows, Knights of Columbus, Franklin Art Association, Franklin Garden Club, Circle of Friends Coffeehouse, Franklin Rod and Gun Club, Hockomock Area YMCA, Metacomet Land Trust, LiveARTS, Franklin Performing Arts Company, and many youth sports organizations.
Many family-friendly community events occur throughout the year, including the following annual events: the Feast of St. Rocco, the Trout Derby, Franklin’s four day long 4th of July Celebration, the Bill Capen Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament, and the Downtown Franklin Partnership’s Harvest Festival and Strawberry Stroll.
First Public Library. In 1778, when the town was incorporated, the designated name Exeter was changed to Franklin in honor of Dr. Benjamin Franklin, who responded with a gift of 116 books for use by the Town's residents. On November 20th, 1790, those attending Franklin's town meeting voted to lend the books to all Franklin inhabitants free of charge. This vote established the Franklin collection as the first public library in the United States. The original Franklin collection is still housed in a book case in Franklin Public Library's Reading Gallery.
Franklin prides itself on the wide spectrum of architectural styles preserved in the community, including handsome Greek revival and Italianate buildings, as well as High Victorian Gothic, Second Empire and Queen Ann, among others. Many of these historic structures are home to the offices and dormitories of Dean College, and within the community’s two National Historic Districts.
Franklin enjoys good transportation networks with Route 140, two exits to Interstate 495, and easy access to major routes such as Interstate 90 (Massachusetts Turnpike), Interstate 95, Route 1 and Route 126. Interstate 495 positioned Franklin as a major regional distribution center for goods and as a regional employment center. In addition to a well integrated roadway system, Franklin is host to two MBTA commuter rail stations, and has fixed route bus service through the Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority.
The Town of Franklin is a growth community with a pro-business environment, a low stable single tax rate, streamlined permitting processes, ample industrial land, modernized infrastructure, excellent municipal services, well educated work force, diverse housing opportunities and a great quality of life. Predominately a manufacturing town, Franklin is host to such nationally and regionally known firms as EMC, Garelick Farms, Vacumet Corporation, ZeptoMetrix Corporation, and Tegra Medical. Franklin is home to dozens of research and development and manufacturing companies, and have attracted innovative technology companies in a wide range of industries:
nanotechnology, data storage, specialty materials, life sciences - biotechnology, and medical devices.
The Town's industrial parks house a substantial number and variety of businesses, including research and development and manufacturing companies.
Employers and Labor Force
Franklin continues to seek out new employers that generate a high number of manufacturing, research and development, and office jobs to ensure a continuing increasein household income. Business activity is continually growing in Franklin, and the diversity of the Town’s job base is apparent. In 2001 Franklin had 780 business establishments, 23.3 percent of the Tri-Center CCSA 3,350 total. In 2010 there were 914 business establishments in Franklin.
As more industry leaves Massachusetts in search of cheaper labor and manufacturing productivity increases, the number of manufacturing positions in the Town of Franklin has decreased. In 2002 there were approximately 5,500 manufacturing positions; currently positions within Franklin’s manufacturing sector are at 3,778 (2nd quarter 2010 average). The average manufacturing position has an average weekly wage of $1,641 (2nd quarter 2010), which is over $85,000 annually. Of Franklin’s 914 wage paying establishments, 187 (20%) are in the goods producing domain, 59 of which are manufacturing facilities. These 59 facilities provided 25.6 percent of the Town’s jobs, and by far the highest average weekly wage.
Even though there are many companies within and adjacent to Franklin’s industrial parks and along a couple of the Town's primary roadways, Franklin is still able to maintain the quintessential New England small-town feel with its old fashioned downtown of locally owned small businesses. In 2008, CNNMoney.com released their list of the “100 Best Places to live and launch” your own company. CNN chose areas with the best mix of business advantages and lifestyle appeal, of which Franklin ranked #10. Credited for its charming, historic atmosphere with diverse enterprises, Franklin is a growth town with a pro-business attitude.
Business Friendly Community
Franklin’s form of government makes for a streamlined permitting process that many other communities are not able to offer, allowing for quick project review and relatively easy permitting for commercial and industrial development. Franklin supports the use of Tax Increment Financing agreements for development projects that create a significant number of livable wage jobs for Franklin residents, support innovative technology, and result in redevelopment of empty or underutilized industrially zoned properties or development of new facilities. If you’re looking for a great location to start, expand, or relocate your business look no
further. Franklin is truly the complete package.