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New Franklin, Ohio
The Frank Mason Raymond House, built 1913
Location in Summit County and the state of Ohio.
Location in Summit County and the state of Ohio.
Coordinates: 40°57′3″N 81°32′21″W / 40.95083°N 81.53917°W / 40.95083; -81.53917Coordinates: 40°57′3″N 81°32′21″W / 40.95083°N 81.53917°W / 40.95083; -81.53917
Country United States
State Ohio
County Summit
 • Total 26.63 sq mi (68.96 km2)
 • Land 24.99 sq mi (64.72 km2)
 • Water 1.64 sq mi (4.24 km2)
1,093 ft (333 m)
 • Total 14,227
 • Estimate 
 • Density 565.59/sq mi (218.37/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code 39-54562
GNIS feature ID 1777352

New Franklin is a city located at the southern edge of Summit County, Ohio, United States, in the northeastern part of the state. It is bounded by Coventry Township, as well as the cities of Barberton and Norton to the north; by Chippewa Township, Wayne County; by Clinton to the southwest; by Green to the east; by Lawrence Township, Stark County to the south. The population was 14,227 according to the 2010 census. New Franklin is part of the Akron Metropolitan Statistical Area.

In 1997 the village of New Franklin was incorporated from a section of Franklin Township to thwart annexation attempts from neighboring cities. New Franklin expanded significantly in November 2003 when the residents of Franklin Township and New Franklin voted to merge the two entities, rendering Franklin Township in Summit County defunct. The merger took effect January 1, 2005. The village officially became a city on March 6, 2006.

On November 6, 2007, city residents voted against changing the city's name to Portage Lakes, 57% to 42%.

The area, originally known as Franklin Township, was founded in 1817. The village of New Franklin was a part of Franklin Township; its citizens were also citizens of Franklin Township.


New Franklin is located at 40°57′3″N 81°32′21″W / 40.95083°N 81.53917°W / 40.95083; -81.53917 (40.950856, -81.539205).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 26.68 square miles (69.10 km2), of which 25.04 square miles (64.85 km2) is land and 1.64 square miles (4.25 km2) is water.

New Franklin is home to Portage Lakes State Park and Craftsmen Park.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2000 2,191
2010 14,227 549.3%
2019 (est.) 14,133 −0.7%

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 14,227 people, 5,640 households, and 4,110 families living in the city. The population density was 568.2 inhabitants per square mile (219.4/km2). There were 6,014 housing units at an average density of 240.2 per square mile (92.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.7% White, 0.6% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.8% of the population.

There were 5,640 households, of which 28.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.9% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 27.1% were non-families. 22.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.93.

The median age in the city was 45.5 years. 21.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21% were from 25 to 44; 33% were from 45 to 64; and 17.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.5% male and 50.5% female.


New Franklin is served by four public school districts. In the northern part of the city, students are part of the Coventry Local School District while students in the extreme northwestern part of the city attend the Norton City School District. Students in the western part of the city, as well as the village of Clinton, are served by the Northwest Local School District in Canal Fulton. The eastern half of New Franklin is served by the Manchester Local School District.

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