About Franklin Township

The Township of Franklin (the official name) is located in southeastern Gloucester County, New Jersey - approximately midway between Philadelphia and Atlantic City.

A Rural Community

It’s a rural community, with nearly half of the land devoted to agriculture, and residential use makes up about 25%. The township is mostly forested, with several lakes and streams that flow into the Maurice River.

At 56 square miles, Franklin Township is the largest in Gloucester County. One-third of the land, mostly in the eastern portion, lies within the Pinelands National Reserve, where development is strongly restricted. In 2004, the Township Committee approved a master plan that guides development throughout the Township in order to help preserve open spaces and maintain Franklin’s beloved rural character.

A Spirit of Closeness

Franklin Township has historically been a close-knit community, and celebrates its spirit each September at the Community Day festival, held on the grounds of Janvier School on Coles Mill Road.

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Statistics

Source: US Census, Franklin Township Police Department

Population

  • Housing density: 300.9 per square mile
  • Housing units: 6,122
  • Residents: 16,440
  • Senior citizens: 2,219

Households

  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 20.2%
  • Average commute to work in minutes: 31
  • Average income: $83,654
  • At or above 150 percent of poverty level: 86%

Area

  • Land: 56 square miles
  • Water: 4 square miles

Police Department

  • Full-time officers: 34
  • Class III special officers: 3
  • Crossing guards: 1