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Franklin is a city in Venango County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was estimated 4,763 in the 2017 census. It is the county seat of Venango County. Franklin is part of the Oil City, PA Micropolitan Statistical Area.

City of Franklin
Downtown Franklin
Downtown Franklin
The Victorian City
Location of Franklin in Venango County, Pennsylvania.
Location of Franklin in Venango County, Pennsylvania.
Franklin is located in Pennsylvania
Location within the U.S. state of Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 41°23′52″N 79°49′53″W / 41.39778°N 79.83139°W / 41.39778; -79.83139Coordinates: 41°23′52″N 79°49′53″W / 41.39778°N 79.83139°W / 41.39778; -79.83139
CountryUnited States
Incorporated (borough)1828
Incorporated (city)1868
 • MayorDoug Baker
 • Total4.80 sq mi (12.44 km2)
 • Land4.68 sq mi (12.11 km2)
 • Water0.13 sq mi (0.33 km2)  1.70%
 • Total6,545
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,312.17/sq mi (506.63/km2)
 • Demonym
Time zoneEST
ZIP code
FIPS code42-27456



The city's namesake is Benjamin Franklin.[3]

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.[4]


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.


Census Pop.
Est. 20176,137[2]−6.2%

As of the census[6] 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.


Crime for 2009 (Source: FBI)
Population Violent crime Murder and non-negligent man-slaughter Forcible rape Robbery Aggravated assault Property crime Burglary Larceny-theft Motor vehicle theft Arson
6,608 25 0 5 5 15 176 27 144 5 0




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.
  • Barrow-Civic Theatre, performing arts venue for community and Franklin Civic Operetta Association, founded 1959.
  • Franklin Public Library, The Franklin Public Library was founded in 1894 and has had several homes, although its current location on Twelfth Street has been its home since 1921. The original structure on Twelfth Street was built in 1849 as a residence and required extensive renovations in 1921 to make it suitable for library use. A children's room was added in 1964 and another wing was added for the adult collection in 1978.
  • Riverfront Park

Notable peopleEdit


In 1903, the city was the home of the Franklin Athletic Club, one of the earliest professional football teams. That season, the team was unofficially recognized as the "US Football Champions"[14] and later won the 1903 World Series of Football, held that December at Madison Square Garden.[15] The team included several of the era's top players, such as: Herman Kerchoff, Arthur McFarland, Clark Schrontz, Paul Steinberg, Pop Sweet, Eddie Wood, and coach Blondy Wallace.[16]

Among other sporting accomplishments, Franklin Area High School has won two state basketball championships. In 2001 and 2006, the boys team, playing in PIAA Class AAA District 10, defeated Allentown Central Catholic out of District 11 and Communications Tech from District 12 (Philadelphia Public League), respectively.[17]


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  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 131.
  4. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 26 April 2015. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  6. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  7. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 11 June 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
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  14. ^ PFRA Research. "Franklin's Hired Guns: 1903" (PDF). Coffin Corner. Professional Football Researchers Association: 1–3. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-11-26.
  15. ^ Carroll, Bob (1980). "The First Football World Series" (PDF). Coffin Corner. Professional Football Researchers Association. 2 (Annual): 1–8. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-12-18.
  16. ^ *Smith, William R. (1981). "Franklin's World Champion Football Team" (PDF). Coffin Corner. Professional Football Researchers Association. 3 (Annual): 1–4. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-11-27.
  17. ^ Rebel, Don (2006-03-22). "2006 PIAA Basketball Finals Preview". MSA Sports Network. Retrieved 2008-12-07.

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