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Franklin, Wisconsin
Location of Franklin, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
Location of Franklin, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
County Milwaukee
Founded 1841
Incorporated 1956
Area
 • Total 34.69 sq mi (89.85 km2)
 • Land 34.58 sq mi (89.56 km2)
 • Water 0.11 sq mi (0.28 km2)
Elevation 790 ft (241 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 35,451
 • Estimate (2012) 36,083
 • Density 1,025.2/sq mi (395.8/km2)
Time zone Central (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) Central (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 414
Website www.franklinwi.gov

Franklin is a city in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States. It is a suburb of Milwaukee with a population of 35,451 as of the 2010 census.

History

On December 20, 1839, the south portion of the Town of Kinnikennick was split off to form the town of Franklin. The town consisted of a 36-square-mile area that was originally covered with heavy timber, which was mostly hardwoods such as hickory, walnut, and butternut. Most of the town's drainage was delivered by the Root River and there was an abundance of wildlife including bears, deer, and wolves. As of the 1840 census, the population of the Town of Franklin was 248. The name "Franklin" was given in homage to Benjamin Franklin.

By the 1950s, Franklin was known as a "City of homes" for its growing residential areas, which served as a suburb of the city of Milwaukee. In 1956, town officials were concerned by the possibility that the city of Milwaukee might attempt to annex portions of Franklin. In response, the town was incorporated as a fourth-class city on August 15, 1956.

Geography

Franklin is located at Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:mw' not found. (42.899166, -88.002204). It is bounded by the city of Oak Creek to the east, the villages of Greendale and Hales Corners to the north, the county of Racine to the south, and the county of Waukesha to the west. The city of Milwaukee lies adjacent to the Franklin city limits in the northeast.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 34.69 square miles (89.85 km2), of which, 34.58 square miles (89.56 km2) is land and 0.11 square miles (0.28 km2) is water.

The Root River runs south through Franklin, cutting the city in half.

Root River Valley
Root River Valley

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 10,006
1970 12,247 22.4%
1980 16,871 37.8%
1990 21,855 29.5%
2000 29,494 35.0%
2010 35,451 20.2%
Est. 2015 36,222 2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 35,451 people, 13,642 households, and 9,351 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,025.2 inhabitants per square mile (395.8/km2). There were 14,356 housing units at an average density of 415.2 per square mile (160.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 87.1% White, 4.9% African American, 0.4% Native American, 5.4% Asian, 0.8% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.5% of the population.

There were 13,642 households of which 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.3% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.5% were non-families. 26.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.99.

The median age in the city was 41.5 years. 21.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.9% were from 25 to 44; 31.4% were from 45 to 64; and 13.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.1% male and 48.9% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 29,494 people, 10,602 households, and 7,697 families residing in the city. The population density was 851.8 people per square mile (328.8/km2). There were 10,936 housing units at an average density of 315.8 per square mile (121.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.78% White, 0.15% African American, 0.036% Native American, 2.10% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.67% from other races, and 0.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.64% of the population.

There were 10,602 households out of which 33.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.2% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.4% were non-families. 22.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58, and the average family size was 3.06.

In the city, the population was spread out with 23.4% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 32.7% from 25 to 44, 25.6% from 45 to 64, and 9.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 109.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 110.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was US$75,315, and the median income for a family was $95,532. Males had a median income of $61,827 versus $54,737 for females. The per capita income for the city was $33,474. About 0.4% of families and 0.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.7% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Franklin is four miles (6 km) from General Mitchell International Airport and close to Interstate 94. Running through the city are U.S. Highway 45, and WIS 36, WIS 100, and WIS 241.

Environmental concerns

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Fadrowski Drum Disposal EPA Superfund Site with Dental Associates facility in background

Franklin is home to one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Superfund sites. Referred to as the "Fadrowski Drum Disposal Site", or FDDS, the 40-acre (160,000 m2) site located at Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:mw' not found. 6865 South 27th Street was found to be contaminated with high amounts of lead and chromium. Trace amounts of arsenic and DDT were also found. The site also contains levels of mercury above Wisconsin enforcement standards. The site once included a man-made pond with elevated cyanide levels. The site was placed on the National Priorities List in 1986, with remedial action (RA) completed in 1994. The site was deleted from the National Priorities List in 2003. The site remedies included restricting access to the site, restricting use of land at the site, limited excavation of the waste (some drums), removal of hazardous soil, monitoring ground water, monitoring surface water, and installing a landfill cap. The site has been largely remediated via landfill and limited excavation, however waste material above health-based levels was left on site.

The site is currently under a monitoring status, with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reviewing the site every five years. The site is now encircled by development. It is bordered on the north by an Hobby Lobby, a tributary that flows into the Root River, and South 27th Street. The southern boundary of the site is lined with Goodwill Industries and Gander Mountain retail stores. Residential properties are just 1,000 feet (300 m) west of the site and 600 feet (180 m) to the south. A Walmart is just 600 feet (180 m) north of the site. The site itself is prohibited from ever being used for potable water, residential development, or any development that would disturb the landfill cap.

Rankings

In July 2007, CNN/Money and Money magazine ranked Franklin the 90th best place to live in the United States.

Franklin ranked 94th in the 2011 Money Magazine rankings.

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