Franklin, Franklin County, New York

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Franklin is a town located in Franklin County, New York, United States. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 1,197.

The Town of Franklin is in southeast part of the county, southeast of the Village of Malone (the county seat). Franklin is in the Adirondack Region of New York State.



The first settlement in the town was Franklin Falls (1827). This community burned in 1852.

The Town of Franklin was founded in 1836 from part of the Town of Bellmont.

The town was used to relocate former slaves, in part the work of Gerrit Smith, an abolitionist, and in part the result of Civil War veterans inviting freed slaves to return home with them.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 175.2 square miles (453.8 km²), of which, 170.2 square miles (440.9 km²) of it is land and 5.0 square miles (12.9 km²) of it (2.84%) is water.

The Town of Franklin is the third largest town in Franklin County. Franklin is in the Adirondack Park.

The east town line is the border of Clinton County and the south town line is the border of Essex County.

The Saranac River flows through the southeast corner of the town.

New York State Route 3 runs diagonally from southwest to northeast across Franklin.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,197 people, 473 households, and 324 families residing in the town. The population density was 7.0 people per square mile (2.7/km²). There were 982 housing units at an average density of 5.8/sq mi (2.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.08% White, 0.50% African American, 1.34% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.17% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.42% of the population.

There were 473 households out of which 34.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.7% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.3% were non-families. 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.04.

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