The Town of Franklin is a city in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, US. Franklin is one of fourteen Massachusetts municipalities that have applied for, and been granted, city forms of government but wish to retain "The town of” in their official names. As of 2012, the city's population was 33,092. It is home to the country's first library, with its first books donated by Benjamin Franklin and the country's oldest continuously operational one-room school house
Franklin was first settled by Europeans in 1660 and officially incorporated during the American Revolution. The city is also home to the birthplace of America's father of public education, Horace Mann. The town is also home to what may be the nation's oldest continuously operational one-room school house.
As of the 2010 census, there were 31,852 people, 10,866 households, and 7,877 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,105.4 inhabitants per square mile (426.8 /km2). There were 10,327 housing units at an average density of 386.2 per square mile (149.1 /km2).