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Franklin, Idaho
Street Scene in Franklin
Street Scene in Franklin
Location of Franklin in Franklin County, Idaho
Location of Franklin in Franklin County, Idaho
Country United States
State Idaho
County Franklin
Founded 1860
 • Total 1.33 sq mi (3.44 km2)
 • Land 1.30 sq mi (3.37 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.07 km2)
4,501 ft (1,372 m)
 • Total 641
 • Estimate 
 • Density 641.32/sq mi (247.60/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 208
FIPS code 16-28810
GNIS feature ID 0372775

Franklin is a city in Franklin County, Idaho, United States. The population was 641 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Logan, Utah-Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Founded by Mormon pioneers led by Thomas S. Smart on April 14, 1860 in what was then Washington Territory. The town received its name after Franklin Richards, an Apostle for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Franklin is the first permanent European settlement in present-day Idaho. However, the town's founders believed the townsite was in Utah Territory. Its political status remained ambiguous until an 1872 survey determined the townsite was in Idaho Territory about 1-mile (1.6 km) north of the Utah Territory border [1].

Franklin is the location of a portion of the filming of the movie Napoleon Dynamite. The chicken farm scenes of the movie were filmed on Ritewood Egg Farms property, and the supervisor's character is loosely based on Marlow Woodward, a late Franklin resident and one of the farm's founders.

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Franklin is located at 42°0′58″N 111°48′11″W / 42.01611°N 111.80306°W / 42.01611; -111.80306 (42.016039, -111.803101). at an elevation of 4,501 feet (1,372 m) above sea level.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.29 square miles (3.34 km2), of which, 1.26 square miles (3.26 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 435
1910 534 22.8%
1920 589 10.3%
1930 531 −9.8%
1940 523 −1.5%
1950 467 −10.7%
1960 446 −4.5%
1970 402 −9.9%
1980 423 5.2%
1990 478 13.0%
2000 641 34.1%
2010 641 0.0%
2019 (est.) 835 30.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 641 people, 221 households, and 155 families living in the city. The population density was 508.7 inhabitants per square mile (196.4/km2). There were 236 housing units at an average density of 187.3 per square mile (72.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.1% White, 0.5% African American, 0.5% Native American, 6.2% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.1% of the population.

There were 221 households, of which 42.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.4% were married couples living together, 5.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.9% were non-families. 26.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.90 and the average family size was 3.61.

The median age in the city was 29.9 years. 34.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.9% were from 25 to 44; 19.2% were from 45 to 64; and 12.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.8% male and 50.2% female.

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