During the past few years, two major publications have voted Franklin, Massachusetts as a best town to live. Family Circle Magazine August 2007 issue named Franklin, MA as "Top Ten Places to Raise a Family”. They based their decision on communities that provided "big-city opportunities with suburban charm" and that offered "affordable houses, good jobs, top-rated schools, wide-open spaces and a lot less stress." They also took into account commute times, health care, crime rates, air quality, cultural amenities and volunteerism. Franklin was the only New England town chosen based on an initial list of 1,850 municipalities with populations between 15,000 and 150,000. A year later, CNN/Money.com honored Franklin as one out of ten towns chosen as "Best Places to Live and Launch" for those looking for great mix of living and working opportunities--also noted was the town's appeal to businesses.
The Franklin, MA area is only a short 15 minute drive to Foxboro where you will find Gillette Stadium for sporting events and Patriot Place with hundreds of stores, theater and fine dining. The town also has a desirable location with close proximity to major highways and the MBTA commuter rail to Boston with 2 train stops in town. The drive into Boston takes about 45-50 minutes but many people prefer the commuter rail which takes the same time without the traffic or parking hassles.
Franklin has always been known for its low tax rate with a single tax for both industry and residential--that has caused many large corporations (EMC, DrakaUSA, Garelick Farms,) to relocate here which only brings more tax revenue and jobs into the town. Many other surrounding towns tax industry at a much higher rate and have lost businesses as a result. For outdoor lovers, there are extensive hiking and biking trails in the Franklin and Wrentham State Forests.
Why has so much attention been given to this small, metrowest of Boston town? There are many reasons but hopefully as you browse my blog and links you will understand what the locals already know about the great town of Franklin, MA.
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