Franklin, Minnesota

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Coordinates: 44°31′41″N 94°52′51″W / 44.52806°N 94.88083°W / 44.52806; -94.88083

Franklin is a city in Renville County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 498 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km²), all of it land.

Franklin is located on Minnesota State Highway 19, east of U.S. Route 71.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 498 people, 195 households, and 124 families residing in the city. The population density was 458.6 people per square mile (176.4/km²). There were 217 housing units at an average density of 199.8/sq mi (76.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.39% White, 1.00% Native American, 1.20% from other races, and 1.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.41% of the population.

There were 195 households out of which 30.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.4% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.4% were non-families. 33.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.1% under the age of 18, 4.6% from 18 to 24, 23.5% from 25 to 44, 18.5% from 45 to 64, and 27.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 93.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $37,583, and the median income for a family was $40,417. Males had a median income of $32,500 versus $19,659 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,212. About 5.2% of families and 9.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.8% of those under age 18 and 7.0% of those age 65 or over.


Catfish Derby Days is an annual three-day city celebration held on the fourth weekend in July. Events include a fishing contest to see who can catch the biggest catfish, a street dance, a square dance, Sunday parades, co-ed volleyball tournament, men's 12-team softball tournament, bean bag tournament, queen contest/variety show, chess tournament, "Kiss the Catfish Contest," music at the park, a raffle, church services, fire department water ball, and a St. Luke's Lutheran Church-sponsored breakfast.[3][4]

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