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Franklin, Tennessee
—  City  —
Historic Downtown Franklin
Location of Franklin, Tennessee
Coordinates: 35°55′45″N 86°51′27″W / 35.92917, -86.8575Coordinates: 35°55′45″N 86°51′27″W / 35.92917, -86.8575
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Williamson
 • mayor Ken Moore
 • Total 30.1 sq mi (78.0 km2)
 • Land 30.0 sq mi (77.8 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 643 ft (196 m)
Population (2013)
 • Total 68,886
 • Density 1,393.3/sq mi (538.0/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP Code(s) 37064, 37065, 37067, 37068, 37069[1]
Area code(s) 615
FIPS code 47-27740[2]
GNIS feature ID 1284816[3]

Franklin is a city in and county seat of Williamson County, Tennessee, United States.[4] It is south of Nashville, and is one of the principal cities of the Nashville Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 Census, the city had a total population of 62,487[2] and according to 2013 estimates the population is 68,886 showing an increase of 6,399.

History[edit | edit source]

Franklin Post Office

The city of Franklin was founded October 26, 1799, by Abram Maury, Jr. (1766–1825), who was also a state senator and is buried with his family in Founders Pointe. Maury named the town after Benjamin Franklin,[5] a close friend of Dr. Hugh Williamson, a member of the Continental Congress after whom Williamson County was named.

Ewen Cameron built the first house in the town of Franklin. Cameron was born February 23, 1768, in Balgalkan, Ferintosh, Scotland. He emigrated to Virginia in 1785 and from there came to Tennessee. Cameron died February 28, 1846, having lived forty-eight years in the same log house. He and his second wife, Mary, are buried in the old City Cemetery. His descendants have lived in Franklin continuously since 1798 when his son Duncan was born.

The Battle of Franklin was fought in the city on November 30, 1864, resulting in almost 10,000 casualties (killed, wounded, captured and missing) and turning forty-four buildings into field hospitals. Both the Carter and Carnton historic homes are still standing, and are testament to the rich history of the Civil War center that Franklin was.

Demographics[edit | edit source]

Historic Downtown Franklin

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1870 1,552
1880 1,632 5.2%
1890 2,250 37.9%
1900 2,180 −3.1%
1910 2,924 34.1%
1920 3,123 6.8%
1930 3,377 8.1%
1940 4,120 22.0%
1950 5,475 32.9%
1960 6,977 27.4%
1970 9,497 36.1%
1980 12,407 30.6%
1990 20,098 62.0%
2000 41,842 108.2%
2010 62,487 49.3%
Est. 2012 66,280 58.4%

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 62,487 people (Williamson County's population was 193,595), 16,128 households, and 11,225 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,393.3 people per square mile (538.0/km2). There were 17,296 housing units at an average density of 575.9 per square mile (222.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 84.53% Caucasian, 10.35% African American, 4.84% Hispanic/Latino, 1.61% Asian, 0.24% Native American, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 2.17% from other races, and 1.06% from two or more races.

There were 16,128 households out of which 38.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.2% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.4% were non-families. 25.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.09.

Downtown Franklin

In the city the population was spread out with 27.9% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 38.1% from 25 to 44, 19.2% from 45 to 64, and 7.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 93.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.2 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $75,871, and the median income for a family was $91,931. Males had a median income of $66,622 versus $43,193 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $36,445. About 5.0% of families and 7.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.2% of those under age 18 and 6.9% of those age 65 or over. Less than 5.0% of the eligible workforce was unemployed.[8]

Historic downtown Franklin

The area of downtown Franklin is built around a town square located at 3rd Avenue and Main Street (U.S. Route 31). Located at the center of the square there is a Civil War Monument. The monument is a lone Confederate soldier standing guard on top of a pillar overlooking the center of town. The monument, nicknamed "Chip" was erected November 30, 1899 to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin. "Chip" gets his nickname from the chipped brim of his hat which was caused the day the monument was erected. "Chip" is a popular landmark of Franklin and continues to stand guard. There are also several historic homes located in this area.

In addition to the historical sites located in downtown Franklin, many businesses make this area their home. Main Street is filled with boutiques and a variety of eateries.

Economy[edit | edit source]

HealthSpring, Clarcor, Community Health Systems, Healthways, Home Instead Senior Care, MedSolutions Inc,, the Provident Music Group, Renal Advantage Inc, World Christian Broadcasting and Nissan's North American headquarters are based in Franklin.

Top employers[edit | edit source]

According to the City's 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[9] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 CoolSprings Galleria 3,500
2 Community Health Systems 1,800
3 Williamson Medical Center 1,300
4 Nissan North America 1,300
5 Verizon 1,000
6 AIM Healthcare Services 815
7 Healthways 800
8 Mars Petcare US 680
9 Progeny Marketing Innovations 550
10 Lee Company 520

Notable events[edit | edit source]

Festivals[edit | edit source]

Main Street Festival[edit | edit source]

Franklin’s Main Street Festival is a street festival that brings more than 200 artisans & crafters, four stages, two carnivals and two food courts to the historic Franklin Square and Downtown District. Arts and crafts booths line Main Street from First to Fifth Avenue.[10]

Wine Down Main Street[edit | edit source]

Wine Down Main Street is a unique wine tasting event with over 2,000 attendees that takes place along historic Main Street in Franklin, Tennessee on the first Friday in November. This annual event is a benefit for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee's Franklin & Fairview Clubhouses.

Pumpkinfest[edit | edit source]

Franklin's Pumpkinfest, an annual fundraiser for the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County, is held each year on the Saturday before Halloween, with many Halloween-themed activities. Music, children's amusements, local artisans and food are the primary entertainment.[11]

Dickens of a Christmas[edit | edit source]

A very popular festival in Franklin, Dickens of a Christmas is celebrated every second week in December which attracts approximately 50,000 visitors yearly. It takes place in Historic Downtown Franklin, where over 250 costumed volunteers masquerade as figures from Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol,' including characters from the novel and street performers. Music and dancing are a big part of the festival, and local school and church musical groups often perform. Victorian cuisine is served to visitors, and an arts and crafts bazaar features prominently in Public Square.[12]

Notable people[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ "USPS – ZIP Code Lookup". United States Postal Service.!input.action. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  5. ^ Miller, Larry L. (2001). Tennessee place-names. Indiana University Press. p. 79. ISBN 978-0-253-33984-3. 
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing: Decennial Censuses". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  7. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
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  9. ^ City of Franklin CAFR
  10. ^ Main Street Festival 2014 | Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County TN. Retrieved on 2013-09-07.
  11. ^ Pumpkinfest | Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County TN. Retrieved on 2013-09-07.
  12. ^ Dickens of a Christmas | Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County TN Retrieved on 2014-11-2.

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