Home to about 32,000 people, the city of Franklin, Mass., is located a half hour's drive from Providence, R.I., and an hour's drive from Boston. This attractive town ranked No. 10 on CNN/Money Magazine's list of 100 Best Places to Live and Launch. Franklin is a charming city with many employment opportunities, making it an ideal location for young professionals working on building their careers and starting families. Franklin's historic tree-lined streets, strong sense of community and ideal location make it a great place to live. Those searching for Franklin apartments for rent will likely decide to make Franklin a permanent home.
Franklin was once an industrial hub, as it served as a production center for straw products during the 18th and 19th centuries. It was during this time that many of Franklin's historic neighborhoods were built. The city's historic charms are intensified by its close proximity to many natural respites and beautiful scenery.
Franklin is a great place to live and work. A 360-acre business park is home to major companies like Cisco and New England Power, making Franklin a regional employment hub. In fact, the city's population increases by about 7 percent on workdays due to commuting, according to City-Data. Franklin residents enjoy a median household income that is almost $25,000 greater than the Massachusetts average, making this city a desirable place to call home.
Franklin is home to two large natural attractions: Franklin State Forest and Franklin Town Forest. Not to be confused, the two parks are separate entities. Franklin State Forest spans about 7,800 acres and is home to a biologically diverse and beautiful wild forest. About 99 percent of the land is completely forested, with about 96 percent of the forest designated as "mature," according to the Department of Agriculture. Franklin Town Forest is also impressive, as it is home to more than 180 acres of preserved wild space.
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