Franklin was once just a very small suburb of Nashville, but beginning in the 1980s, the city’s population grew rapidly from about 12,000 people to more than 72,000 as of 2015. Today, this population explosion and subsequent economic revitalization has solidified Franklin as one of the most desirable areas in the entire metro Nashville area.
Things to Do
One of the most charming aspects of living in Franklin is its revitalized downtown district. Centered around the bustling Main Street, this 16-block area offers an authentic historic feel blended with modern, eclectic touches.
Franklin’s solid roster of eateries and cafes includes a variety of establishments that specialize in fresh, upscale takes on Americana and Southern cuisine, such as 55 South, Gray’s on Main and the Red Pony Restaurant. Another establishment that is beloved by the community is the historic Franklin Theatre, an 80-year-old movie house that was recently updated and restored to serves as both a place to watch the latest movies as well as host live music events.
Shopping is also one of the big draws to Franklin, home of the newly renovated Cool Springs Galleria, as well as many other fine retail and specialty stores in the area. If you are in the mood to see a movie, head on over to Carmike Thoroughbred 20 and maybe catch your favorite movie in IMAX 3D.
Need some fresh air? Green spaces and waterways can be found all throughout Franklin, including Pinkerton Park, Jim Warren City Park and Eastern Flank Battle Field Park — the site of one of the bloodiest battles in the Civil War, the Battle of Franklin. One of the newest additions to the city’s park system is the 200-acre Park at Harlinsdale Farm, which used to be a privately owned family farm that specialized in the breeding of Tennessee Walking Horses, and is now the home of the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival.
As one of Williamson County’s most sought after cities, Franklin’s real estate market is thriving. Median sale prices for single family homes in Franklin typically range from $300,000 along the outskirts to $750,000 in the inner downtown area, though some homes can fetch prices that are greater than $1 million.
Most newcomers cite Franklin’s excellent schools as their main reason for moving here. Children in the area are served by the Williamson County School District, which boasts the best schools in the state, as well as the city-specific Franklin Special School District. New and old private schools are also located near downtown including Battle Ground Academy, Franklin Classical School, and Franklin Christian Academy. There are also several colleges in the area, including Williamson College, O’More College of Design and Belmont University’s Williamson County Campus.
Life in Franklin
While Franklin’s booming population growth has attracted a fair amount of businesses and jobs to the immediate area, a large number of residents commute 25-30 minutes to Nashville for work. This reasonable commute allows residents to reap the benefits of a top notch school system and the feel of a small community without sacrificing their day jobs.
Local Hot Spots
Best New Restaurant – Tupelo Honey Cafe
Best Family Attraction – Soar Adventure Tower
Best Historical Sites – Carter House and Carnton Plantation