|— Town —|
|• Total||40.8 sq mi (105.6 km2)|
|• Land||38.6 sq mi (100.0 km2)|
|• Water||2.1 sq mi (5.5 km2)|
|Elevation||610 ft (186 m)|
|• Density||32.8/sq mi (12.7/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1462100|
The original name was Huntsburgh but the name was changed to Franklin in 1817.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 40.8 square miles (105.6 km2), of which, 38.6 square miles (100.1 km2) of it is land and 2.1 square miles (5.5 km2) of it (5.25%) is water. The Rock River flows through western part of the town.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,268 people, 429 households, and 343 families residing in the town. The population density was 32.8 people per square mile (12.7/km2). There were 736 housing units at an average density of 19.1 per square mile (7.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.29% White, 0.16% African American, 1.81% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, and 1.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.08% of the population.
There were 429 households out of which 42.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.4% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.0% were non-families. 15.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.90 and the average family size was 3.17.
In the town the population was spread out with 29.6% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 30.5% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 11.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 101.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.6 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $39,926, and the median income for a family was $40,156. Males had a median income of $27,589 versus $21,776 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,222. About 3.7% of families and 5.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.8% of those under age 18 and 5.3% of those age 65 or over.
- Orville E. Babcock, Civil War era general
- Moses Ransom Doyon, mayor of Madison, Wisconsin
- Charles W. Gates, 55th governor of Vermont
- In the film Morning Glory (1933), Katharine Hepburn's character says she has come to New York City from Franklin, VT to seek her fortune on Broadway.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Bacon, John (4 June 2010). "Border agency won't seize dairy farm". USA Today. pp. 3A.