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Statistics and Facts of Franklin Michigan
Franklin was founded in 1825 (name unknown) by Elijah Bullock, among others, and became Franklin in 1828. By 1830, a business district had formed. The collection of essentially original condition structures in the village is quite unusual in suburban Detroit.
An historical marker was erected in 1960 which reads: "FRANKLIN VILLAGE Founded in 1824-1825, Franklin received its present name in 1828. First postmaster was Dr. Ebenezer Raynale, state legislator and physician. The William Huston store, opened in 1830, was the forerunner of a business center that later included the famous Broughton Wagon Shop, the Van Every Mills, now "Ye Olde Cider Mill," several taverns, two distilleries, and two churches. The village also was a station on the Underground Railroad. Franklin still has the appearance and atmosphere of an early Michigan village."
Another marker stands in front of Franklin Village School: "Franklin Village School Michigan's Territorial Council passed a law in 1827 requiring every township with fifty or more inhabitants to establish a school. Thus the following year, the first school in Southfield Township was erected in Franklin Village. Sophie Gotie taught twenty-nine students in a log schoolhouse located near the still extant house of early settler Daniel Broughton. Franklin village built a new school in 1845, now called Huda School and Montessori, at the foot of School Hill on property deeded by Winthrop Worthings. On this site in 1869 a third school was constructed on land given by wealthy postmaster A.A. Rust. After that building burned in 1922, the village erected the present school on this same location. The Franklin School District No. 3, Southfield Township, joined the Birmingham Public Schools in 1945." This building closed as a public school in 1979 and is now the site of The Dar Al-Huda Private Islamic school.
In 2006, the Muslim community raised $3.6 million to fund for a renovation and expansion project of the school. In the summer of 2007, the Monahan Construction Company renovated the school, completely remaking it into a completely new school. In September of 2007, $1 million were raised in order to continue the 2nd phase of the project which should be completed in the summer of 2008.
Notable Franklin Residents
Mitch Albom, journalist and author of Tuesdays with Morrie & The Five People You Meet in Heaven, resides in Franklin
Ashley Johnson, actress, former Miss Michigan
Population (year 2000): 2,937. Estimated population in July 2006: 2,973 (+1.2% change)
Males: 1,510 (51.4%)
Females: 1,427 (48.6%)
Median resident age: 41.7 years
Michigan median age: 35.5 years
Zip codes: 48025.
Estimated median household income in 2005: $128,300 (it was $124,014 in 2000)
Estimated median house/condo value in 2005: $522,600 (it was $414,400 in 2000)
Ancestries: English (13.9%), German (13.8%), Polish (11.4%), Irish (9.5%), Russian (8.6%), United States (5.4%).
Elevation: 833 feet
Land area: 2.66 square miles. Population density: 1113 people per square mile (low).
For population 25 years and over in Franklin
High school or higher: 96.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher: 71.1%
Graduate or professional degree: 37.8%
Mean travel time to work: 22.9 minutes
For population 15 years and over in Franklin village
Never married: 13.8%
Now married: 75.0%
331 residents are foreign born (5.8% Europe, 3.1% Asia, 1.4% North America).
This village: 11.3%
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Franklin: 1.1% ($4,743)
Michigan: 1.3% ($1,461)
Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Southfield, MI (4.9 miles , pop. 78,296).
Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Detroit, MI (16.6 miles , pop. 951,270).
Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (304.3 miles , pop. 2,896,016).
Nearest cities: Bingham Farms, MI (1.8 miles ), Bloomfield Township, MI (4.7 miles ), Beverly Hills, MI (4.9 miles ), Southfield, MI (4.9 miles ), Farmington Hills, MI (5.4 miles ), Bloomfield Hills, MI (5.6 miles ), Lathrup Village, MI (5.7 miles ), West Bloomfield Township, MI (6.3 miles ).
Latitude: 42.52 N, Longitude: 83.30 W
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees in 2006: 10 (10 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here: 3.38
US city average: 3.00
Hospitals/medical centers near Franklin:
STRAITH HOSPITAL FOR SPECIAL SURGERY (about 4 miles; SOUTHFIELD, MI)
GREAT LAKES REGIONAL REHAB HOSPITAL (about 7 miles; SOUTHFIELD, MI)
NORTH OAKLAND MEDICAL CENTERS (about 8 miles; PONTIAC, MI)
Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Franklin:
OAKLAND COUNTY INTERNATIONAL (about 12 miles; PONTIAC, MI; ID: PTK)
DETROIT METROPOLITAN WAYNE COUNTY (about 23 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: DTW)
DETROIT CITY (about 23 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: DET)
Other public-use airports nearest to Franklin:
OAKLAND/TROY (about 10 miles; TROY, MI; ID: 7D2)
CANTON-PLYMOUTH-METTETAL (about 16 miles; PLYMOUTH, MI; ID: 1D2)
OAKLAND SOUTHWEST (about 22 miles; NEW HUDSON, MI; ID: Y47)
Amtrak stations near Franklin:
8 miles: BIRMINGHAM (449 S. ETON ST.). Services: public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service, public transit connection.
8 miles: PONTIAC (1600 WIDE TRACK DR.). Services: partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public payphones, vending machines, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service, intercity bus service, public transit connection.
12 miles: ROYAL OAK (201 S. SHERMAN DR.). Services: enclosed waiting area, public payphones, vending machines, paid short-term parking, taxi stand, intercity bus service, public transit connection.
Local government website: www.franklin.mi.us
Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Franklin:
LAWRENCE TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY (about 7 miles; SOUTHFIELD, MI; Full-time enrollment: 2,479)
OAKLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE-BLOOMFIELD HILLS CAMPUS (about 7 miles; BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI; FT enrollment: 11,634)
SCHOOLCRAFT COLLEGE (about 8 miles; LIVONIA, MI; FT enrollment: 4,780)
MADONNA UNIVERSITY (about 12 miles; LIVONIA, MI; FT enrollment: 2,431)
UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX-DETROIT CAMPUS (about 12 miles; TROY, MI; FT enrollment: 2,090)
OAKLAND UNIVERSITY (about 13 miles; ROCHESTER HILLS, MI; FT enrollment: 11,424)
HENRY FORD COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 15 miles; DEARBORN, MI; FT enrollment: 6,572)
Private elementary/middle school in Franklin:
HUDA SCHOOL (Students: 232; Location: 32220 FRANKLIN ROAD; Grades: PK - 8)
Library in Franklin:
FRANKLIN PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $110,127; Location: 32455 FRANKLIN ROAD; 15,200 books; 315 audio materials; 40 serial subscriptions)
Average household size:
This village: 2.7 people
Michigan: 2.6 people
Percentage of family households:
This village: 80.8%
Whole state: 68.0%
Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This village: 2.8%
Whole state: 5.3%
Residents with income below the poverty level in 1999:
This village: 1.0%
Whole state: 10.5%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 1999:
This village: 0.7%
Whole state: 4.8%