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Franklin, Pennsylvania
Downtown Franklin
Downtown Franklin
Nickname(s): The Victorian City
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Venango
Settled 1740s
Platted 1795
Incorporated (borough) 1828
Incorporated (city) 1868
Area
 • Total 4.7 sq mi (12.2 km2)
 • Land 4.6 sq mi (12.0 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)  1.70%
Population (2010)
 • Total 6,545
 • Density 1,422.8/sq mi (545.4/km2)
 • Demonym Franklinite
Time zone EST
ZIP code 16323

Franklin is a city in Venango County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was estimated 6,545 in the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Venango County. Franklin is part of the Oil City, PA Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History

The city's namesake is Benjamin Franklin.

The Samuel F. Dale House and Franklin Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Plumer Block was listed from 1978 to 1986.

Geography

Franklin is located at 41°23′52″N 79°49′53″W / 41.39778°N 79.83139°W / 41.39778; -79.83139 (41.3978, -79.8314).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.7 square miles (12 km2), of which 4.6 square miles (12 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (1.70%) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 159
1820 252 58.5%
1830 410 62.7%
1840 595 45.1%
1850 936 57.3%
1860 1,303 39.2%
1870 3,908 199.9%
1880 5,010 28.2%
1890 6,221 24.2%
1900 7,317 17.6%
1910 9,767 33.5%
1920 9,970 2.1%
1930 10,254 2.8%
1940 9,948 −3.0%
1950 10,006 0.6%
1960 9,586 −4.2%
1970 8,629 −10.0%
1980 8,146 −5.6%
1990 7,329 −10.0%
2000 7,212 −1.6%
2010 6,545 −9.2%
Est. 2015 6,302 −3.7%
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As of the census of 2000, there were 7,212 people, 3,030 households, and 1,824 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,560.2 people per square mile (602.7/km²). There were 3,281 housing units at an average density of 709.8 per square mile (274.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.77% White, 3.12% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.31% from other races, and 1.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.67% of the population.

There were 3,030 households out of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.5% were married couples living together, 14.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.8% were non-families. 35.5% 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 2.27 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the city, the population was spread out with 23.8% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 18.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 86.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,063, and the median income for a family was $37,433. Males had a median income of $35,088 versus $22,475 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,414. About 13.6% of families and 17.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.4% of those under age 18 and 14.4% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

  • Venango Regional Airport

Attractions

French creek meets allegheny river
View of the confluence of French Creek (left) with the Allegheny River at Riverfront Park in Franklin
  • Applefest, the largest craft festival in Western Pennsylvania
  • DeBence Antique Music World
  • Franklin Silver Cornet Band, formed in 1856, one of the oldest traditional town bands in the United States.
  • Riverfront Park

In popular culture

The city was the setting of an episode of The X-Files entitled "Blood". It appeared in the show's second season and was actually filmed in British Columbia.


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