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Franklin also referred to as Somerset is an unincorporated community and census-designated place of Franklin a township in Somerset County located in the Raritan Valley region, within the New York Metropolitan Area. Traditionally a farming community, it has become a fast-growing suburb with massive development in the later 20th and 21st centuries as a diverse blend of races, religions, and cultures. In 2008, Franklin Township ranked #5 on Money magazine’s list of America’s Top 100 Best Places to Live.

What is now Franklin Township was originally formed circa 1745 as Eastern precinct. Franklin Township was incorporated on February 21, 1798, as one of New Jersey’s initial group of 104 townships by an act of the New Jersey Legislature. Portions of the township were taken to form South Bound Brook formed within the Township, it became an independent municipality as of April 11, 1907, East Millstone on February 18, 1873, and returned to Franklin Township on in 1949. The community is approximately 75% rural bordering the municipalities of Bridgewater Township, Hillsborough Township, Manville, Millstone, Montgomery Township, Rocky Hill and South Bound Brook in Somerset County; Princeton in Mercer County; New Brunswick, North Brunswick, Piscataway and South Brunswick in Middlesex County.

As of the 2010 United States Census, the township’s population was 62,300, reflecting an increase of 11,397 (+22.4%) from the 50,903 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 8,123 (+19.0%) from the 42,780 counted in the 1990 Census.

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