Franklin, Tennessee

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Franklin, Tennessee
Historic Downtown Franklin
Historic Downtown Franklin
Location of Franklin in Williamson County, Tennessee.
Location of Franklin in Williamson County, Tennessee.
Coordinates: 35°55′45″N 86°51′27″W / 35.92917°N 86.85750°W / 35.92917; -86.85750Coordinates: 35°55′45″N 86°51′27″W / 35.92917°N 86.85750°W / 35.92917; -86.85750
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 (2010)
 • Total 62,487
 • Estimate (2016)[1] 74,794
 • 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[2]
Area code(s) 615
FIPS code 47-27740[3]
GNIS feature ID 1284816[4]

Franklin is an affluent city in, and the county seat of, Williamson County, Tennessee, United States.[5] Located about 21 miles south of Nashville, it is one of the principal cities of the Nashville metropolitan area. Since 1980, its population has increased more than fivefold and, based on its 2016 estimated population of 74,794, it is ranked as the seventh-largest city in Tennessee.[6]


Franklin United States Post Office

The city of Franklin was founded October 26, 1799, by Abram Maury, Jr. (1766–1825), a state senator who is buried with his family in Founders Pointe. Maury named the town after national founding father Benjamin Franklin,[7] who was a close friend of Dr. Hugh Williamson, a member of the Continental Congress after whom Williamson County was named.

Ewen Cameron built the first European-American 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 48 years in the same log house. His second wife, Mary, and he are buried in the old City Cemetery. His descendants have lived in Franklin continuously since 1798, when his son Duncan was born.

During the American Civil War, the Battle of Franklin was fought in the city on November 30, 1864, resulting in almost 10,000 casualties (killed, wounded, captured, and missing). Forty-four buildings were converted to use as field hospitals. The Carter, Carnton, and the Lotz historic homes are still standing from this era.

On August 15, 1868 in Franklin, Samuel Bierfield became the first Jew to be lynched in the United States.[8]

Long a suburb to Nashville, Tennessee, Franklin has expanded more than fivefold since 1980, when its population was 12,407. In 2012, it had an estimated population of 68,280.[6] This makes it rank as the seventh-largest city in the state. Many of its residents commute to businesses in Nashville, but considerable growth has occurred in Franklin and the county of a regional economy.

December 24, 1988, tornado[edit]

In the early morning of Christmas Eve of 1988, one person died when an F4 tornado struck the city.[citation needed]


Franklin is located at 35°55′45″N 86°51′27″W / 35.92917°N 86.85750°W / 35.92917; -86.85750 (35.929074, -86.857402).[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 78.0 km² (30.1 mi²). 77.8 km² (30.0 mi²) of it is land and 0.2 km² (0.1 mi²) of it (0.27%) is covered by water.


Historic Downtown Franklin
Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201674,794[1]19.7%

Since the late 20th century, the city has grown rapidly in population, attracting many businesses. As of the census[3] of 2010, 62,487 people (Williamson County's population was 193,595), 16,128 households, and 11,225 families resided in the city. The population density was 1,393.3 people per square mile (538.0/km2). The 17,296 housing units averaged 575.9 per square mile (222.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 84.53% Caucasian, 10.35% African American, 4.84% 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.

Of the 16,128 households, 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 not 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. In the city, the population was distributed as 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 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.[11]


The city is run by a mayor elected at-large in the city and a board of eight aldermen, four elected from single-member districts, and four elected at-large. They are elected for four-year terms, with the ward alderman elected in one cycle, and the mayor and at-large aldermen elected two years later. The city's policies and procedures are decided by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen. Resolutions, Municipals Ordinances, and the Municipal Code are carried out by the city's various departments. These are: Administration, Building and Neighborhood Services, Engineering, Finance, Fire, Human Resources, Information Technology, Law, Planning and Sustainability, Parks, Police, Sanitation and Environmental Services, Streets, and Water Management. These 14 departments are overseen by the City Administrator.[12]


Downtown Franklin

The city has is home to health-care related businesses HealthSpring, Clarcor, Community Health Systems, Healthways, Home Instead Senior Care, MedSolutions Inc, and Renal Advantage Inc. In addition,, the Provident Music Group, World Christian Broadcasting, gas utility Atmos Energy's Kentucky/Mid-States division, and Nissan's North American headquarters are in Franklin. Future development includes the construction of Chinese manufacturer Triangle Tire Company's North American Headquarters in Dover Center,[13] and the relocation of CKE Restaurants' corporate headquarters to Two Franklin Park in Cool Springs.[14]

Top employers[edit]

According to the City's 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[15]the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Community Health Systems 3,255
2 Nissan North America 1,850
3 Williamson Medical Center 1,609
4 Optum 1,600
5 Mars Petcare US 1,000
6 Ford Motor Credit 860
7 Verizon Wireless 763
8 Lee Company 646
9 Vanderbilt University Medical Center 580
10 Evicore Healthcare 519


Public schools[edit]

The city is served by the Williamson County School District and the Franklin Special School District.[16]

Private schools[edit]


Higher education[edit]


Pinkerton Park

In popular culture[edit]

  • ABC's television show Nashville has filmed many of the concert show segments at the Franklin Theater.[18]
  • Justin Bieber filmed the video for his song "Mistletoe" in Downtown Franklin.[19]
  • The popular game FarmVille created by Zynga in 2009 was based on Franklin's eco-friendly agricultural landscape.


Main Street Festival[edit]

Franklin’s Main Street Festival is a street festival that brings more than 200 artisans, 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.[20]

Wine Down Main Street[edit]

"Wine Down Main Street" is a unique wine-tasting event attracting more than 2,000 attendees to historic Main Street in Franklin on the first Friday in November. This annual event is a benefit for the Boys & Girls Club of Middle Tennessee's Franklin and Fairview clubhouses.


Franklin's Pumpkinfest, an annual fundraiser for the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County, is held each year on the Saturday before Halloween. Halloween-themed activities include music, children's amusements, local artisans, and food.[21]

Dickens of a Christmas[edit]

Dickens of a Christmas is celebrated every second week in December, attracting approximately 50,000 visitors yearly. It takes place in Historic Downtown Franklin. More than 250 costumed volunteers masquerade as figures from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. 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.[22]

Notable people[edit]

Sister Cities[edit]

Franklin is an active participant in the Sister Cities program. Sister Cities of Franklin & Williamson County was founded as an outgrowth of Leadership Franklin in March of 2002. The City of Franklin has relationships with the following municipalities:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  2. ^ "USPS – ZIP Code Lookup". United States Postal Service. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  6. ^ a b c "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 17 June 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Miller, Larry L. (2001). Tennessee place-names. Indiana University Press. p. 79. ISBN 978-0-253-33984-3. 
  8. ^ "Midnight in Tennessee", Paul Berger,, December 12, 2014
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing: Decennial Censuses". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2006-02-08. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  11. ^ Bureau, U.S. Census. "American FactFinder - Results". Retrieved 4 December 2017. 
  12. ^ "City of Franklin, TN : Government". Retrieved 2015-09-30. 
  13. ^ "Triangle Tyre Will Open North American Headquarters in Tennessee - Suppliers - Modern Tire Dealer". Retrieved 4 December 2017. 
  14. ^ "Hardee's parent moving HQ to Nashville area". Retrieved 4 December 2017. 
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  16. ^ "What's The Franklin Special School District Anyway?". Tate Real Estate. Retrieved 2016-03-07. 
  17. ^ "Williamson County Private Schools - Williamson, Inc". Williamson, Inc. Retrieved 2016-03-07. 
  18. ^ "ABC's 'Nashville' takes over Franklin Theatre". Franklin Home Page. 2014-07-23. Retrieved 2016-03-07. 
  19. ^ "Justin Bieber shoots video in downtown Franklin". Retrieved 2017-12-01. 
  20. ^ Main Street Festival 2014 | Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County TN. Retrieved on 2013-09-07.
  21. ^ Pumpkinfest | Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County TN. Retrieved on 2013-09-07.
  22. ^ Dickens of a Christmas | Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County TN Retrieved on 2014-11-2.
  23. ^ Halberg, Morgan (August 23, 2017). "See Inside Miley Cyrus' New 33-Acre Tennessee Farm". The New York Observer. Retrieved December 17, 2017. 
  24. ^ Ward, Getahn (May 24, 2016). "Ingram-linked entity pays $20.35 million for Franklin land". The Tennessean. Retrieved December 17, 2017. Several of the Ingrams live in and own property around that area of Franklin where the 535 acres, which includes a farmhouse and barn, is located. 
  25. ^ Thanki, Juli (November 6, 2017). "'Everlasting Love' singer Robert Knight dead at 72". The Tennessean. Retrieved December 17, 2017. 
  26. ^ Buie, Jordan (December 8, 2016). "Andrew Puzder: 5 things about Trump's labor secretary pick". The Tennessean. Retrieved December 17, 2016. 
  27. ^ Montgomery, James (September 30, 2009). "PARAMORE'S HAYLEY WILLIAMS GIVES US A TOUR OF HER CRIB". MTV. Retrieved December 17, 2017. 
  28. ^ Ammenheuser, David (November 2, 2016). "Cubs World Series hero Ben Zobrist is Franklin resident". The Tennessean. Retrieved December 17, 2017. 
  29. ^ a b c "Sister Cities of Franklin". Retrieved October 12, 2014. 

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