About the City of Franklin

Franklin encompasses 34.6 square miles in southwest Milwaukee County.  This urban yet rural community has a population of approximately 30,000. Franklin is the fastest growing community in the Metropolitan Milwaukee Area. In July 2007, CNN/Money and Money Magazine ranked Franklin #90 in its best places to live in the United States survey.


Franklin attractions include fine golf courses, a private country club, the Milwaukee County Sports Complex, Crystal Ridge Ski Hill and the Franklin Public Library.

The Franklin Public School District was formed in 1962 as a K - 12 common school district. Franklin has five elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. See our enrollment history. The Franklin Recreation Department is also operated by the school district. The district is governed by an annual meeting of electors and a seven member school board. City government exercises no fiscal control over a common school district. The South Suburban Chamber of Commerce offers business networking opportunities for Franklin businesses.

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Twenty-five years ago, Franklin was primarily a farming community with few working and middle class residential and commercial developments; however, recent booms in development have quickly transformed Franklin into a thriving suburban community. Franklin residents benefit from close proximity to the business and cultural life of the Greater Milwaukee Area. With easy access to the interstate system, residents enjoy Milwaukee’s ethnic festivals such as: Summerfest, Winterfest, State Fair and other small, yet frequent events.  It is also convenient for residents to visit various lake, park, and sporting areas. Milwaukee has a top-rated zoo and botanical gardens. Major league sports teams, including the Milwaukee Bucks and Milwaukee Brewers, are sources of entertainment, as are the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Ballet, Repertory Theatre, Performing Arts Center and Milwaukee Theatre. The Milwaukee area is home to many museums - Betty Brinn Children's Museum, Milwaukee Public Museum, The Milwaukee Art Museum, Discovery World Museum and Harley-Davidson Museum. Major universities and a fine selection of area colleges offer a variety of graduate and undergraduate programs for personal and professional growth.


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