Franklin, Michigan

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Franklin is an affluent village in Southfield Township, Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 2,937 at the 2000 census. The community is known for large, estate style homes situated on ravines, as well as its vintage downtown and cider mill.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.7 square miles (6.9 km²), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,937 people, 1,073 households, and 866 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,105.5 per square mile (426.3/km²). There were 1,118 housing units at an average density of 420.8/sq mi (162.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 89.79% White, 5.07% African American, 0.10% Native American, 3.58% Asian, 0.34% from other races, and 1.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.85% of the population.

There were 1,073 households out of which 38.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 75.3% were married couples living together, 3.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.2% were non-families. 15.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the village the population was spread out with 28.3% under the age of 18, 2.9% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 29.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 105.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.3 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $124,014, and the median income for a family was $139,339. Males had a median income of $100,000 versus $61,500 for females. The per capita income for the village was $71,033. About 0.5% of families and 1.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.4% of those under age 18 and 1.0% of those age 65 or over.


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.

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