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 Franklin Relocation

 Welcome to Franklin MI

If you have never been to the Franklin Cider Mill you probably do not even know the Village of Franklin even exists.  Franklin is just north of Southfield MI in the south central Oakland County. It is just south of Bloomfield Township.  It is a tiny community that is known for the cider mill.  The cider mill is unique in Metro Detroit that it is more or less in a urban area and actually in Bloomfield Township just across the street from Franklin's boundaries.  People flock to the cider mill in the fall for the donuts and the cider.  What is nice that even with the fall visitors traffic is still minimal.  The village has a population of approximately 3,150 and is known as “The town that time forgot.”  Franklin MI is approximately 2.7 square miles and is bounded by Telegraph Road on the east and Inkster Road on the west.   The village was named after Benjamin Franklin.  If you are considering relocating to Franklin and do not know the area.....Telegraph Road is a main thoroughfare in Metro Detroit.  It runs all the way from Toledo to suburbs another 10 miles north of Franklin.   Telegraph Road connects you to I-696 expressway. 

Is Franklin MI a safe place to live?

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The village was one of the early communities in Michigan.  It started in 1824, just about the time the Erie Canal was completed, and when it was completed more settlers started to arrive. Many of the settlers started a trade with each other, such as blacksmith, carpenter, mason, bricklayer, and a shoemaker. The Village sat on the Franklin river which was a source for power for a grist mill and saw mill.   Other the years Franklin continued to grow and started to form businesses, such as flour and feed mills, a lumber mill, brick and tile yard, wagon shop, cooperage, distillery and many other small shops. Life in the village hardly changed until the age of the automobile start.  It was just a simple small town.  If you would like a Franklin relocation guide email me at  



 If you drive through the community today it still seems like a village out of the past.  The old gas station and the old stores are reminiscent of years gone by.  The gently rolling hills and large mature trees add to the beautiful picture.  I recently drove through the community during the fall.  The brilliant fall colors, and all the leaves on the ground could have made a beautiful post card.  The highest elevation is 833 feet. There are a total of 1,118 households in Franklin. There are more males than females. The median age is 45 years old.   It is a white collar community with most of the residents hold a college degree or higher. 

Everything about the village is quaint and small.  Franklin’s current firehouse was built in 1959 and is still standing. The village only employs one firefighter and a chief. The rest of the force is volunteer firefighters. The station is located on the site of the old village community hall, which burned down in 1958.         

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So what types of homes are in Franklin MI?.  The easiest way to describe Franklin real estate is sprawling homes on very large lots with privacy.  When you drive through the village you will see homes sitting way back off the road.  Some sit on gently rolling hillsides amongst towering trees.  In the summer some homes have a lot of privacy.  If you are looking to relocate some where where you will have space then this may be the community for you. In 2013 the median home cost in Franklin was $492,200. Home appreciation in the last year has been 16.5%.

Franklin Homes

The unemployment rate in Franklin is 6.50%. The Average Commute time is 20 minutes back and forth to work, because you have easy access to highway and freeways making it easier and quicker to get to work. The National Average is 25 minutes.

Franklin little downtown is just a few stores and other buildings.  You could blink and pass it by.  The village offers its residents community events each and every year.   There is Art in the Village and some camps that are held for kids and most of the time they are completely free to attend. They have social groups for people who are having a hard time with certain things. They come together as a community to help one another. That is what a community is truly about.

Homes in Franklin Michigan

 Franklin children go to the Birmingham School District or to private schools.  Franklin public schools spend $12,844 per student as compared to the average school expense per student in the United States is $12,435. There are about 28.8 students per teacher in Franklin.  Birmingham Schools is one of the top school districts in the metro Detroit area.  The school district is known for their high test scores on the MEAP, SAT and ACT’s. Birmingham Public Schools runs eight elementary schools, one 3–8th grade school, two middle schools, two high schools, and one alternative high school. Each elementary school hosts a half day preschool program.