Franklin is a small city which has been described as a pleasant mix of old and new. The city offers a strong manufacturing presence and is home to Franklin College, a small liberal arts school which was founded in 1834 and has over 1,000 students. The majority of the city’s older homes—some of which are beautifully-restored, historic houses—are located in the downtown area, while the newer homes are concentrated on the city’s north and east sides. Home prices fall generally between $100,000 and $250,000.


Franklin, county seat of Johnson County, is located near the Indianapolis metropolitan area between I-65 and US 31, 20 miles south of Indianapolis and 90 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky.

POPULATION (figures based on 2000 Census)

City: 19,463
County: 115,209 – Johnson County


Electric: Duke Energy
Electric: Johnson County REMC
Gas: Vectren
Water: Indiana American Water
Telephone: Sprint


Police: Franklin Police Department
Police: Johnson County Sheriff’s Department
Police: Indiana State Police
Fire Department: Franklin Fire Department
Post Office: United States Post Office
Library: Johnson County Public Library


Local: Johnson Memorial Hospital
Indianapolis: Indiana University Hospital
Indianapolis: St. Vincent Hospital
Indianapolis: St. Vincent Women’s Hospital -Indianapolis
Indianapolis: Community Hospitals


Local: Daily Journal – 317-736-7101
Local: Franklin Township Informer – 317-862-1774
Indianapolis: Indianapolis Star
Indianapolis: Indianapolis Business Journal


Indianapolis: Indianapolis International Airport

SCHOOLS (Various private and parochial schools also serve this area)

Websites: Department of Education
Elementary: Creekside Elementary – 700 E. St. Rd. 44 – 317-738-5750
Elementary: Needham Elementary – 1399 Upper Shelbyville Rd. – 317-738-5780
Elementary: Northwood Elementary – 965 Grizzly Cub Dr. – 317-738-5740
Elementary: Union Elementary – 3990 W. Division Rd. – 317-422-5223
Elementary: Webb Elementary – 1400 Webb Ct. – 317-738-5790
Middle School: Custer Baker Middle School – 101 W. St. Rd 44 – 317-738-5840
High School: Franklin Community High School – 625 Grizzly Cub Dr. – 317-738-5700
Other: Franklin College


Apostolic Gospel – 1260 E. Hamilton Ave. – 317-738-2632
Faith Missionary Baptist – 1349 Graham Rd. – 317-736-9276
First Baptist of Franklin – 201 E. Jefferson St. – 317-736-6753
First Mount Pleasant Baptist – St. Rd. 44 W. – 317-736-6757
Franklin Church of the Nazarene – 140 W. Branigin Rd. – 317-738-3355
Franklin First Assembly – 1035 Hospital Rd. – 317-736-7793
Franklin Memorial Christian – 1720 Graham Rd. – 317-736-8364
Friendship Baptist – 1600 Westview Rd. – 317-738-9822
Good Shepherd Lutheran – 1300 S. Morton St. – 317-736-7849
Landmark Baptist – PO Box 34 – 317-738-9898
New Life Baptist Church – 751 Nineveh Rd. – 317-738-4643
Second Baptist – 400 W. Madison St. – 317-738-3078
St. Rose of Lima – 114 Lancelot Dr. – 317-738-3929
Temple Baptist – 250 14th St. – 317-736-8345


The Franklin Department of Parks & Recreation operates ten parks with facilities for swimming, tennis, horseshoes, and supervised craft and hobby classes. In addition, there are adult softball, soccer, gymnastics, aerobics, and indoor walking program, and a Summer Fun club for kids. Brown County State Park is just 20 miles south of Franklin, and the Atterbury Fish and Wildlife Area with facilities for camping, hiking, boating, fishing, and hunting is just 10 miles south of Franklin. The Johnson County Historical Museum is located in Franklin and offers seasonal exhibits throughout the year. The Hillview Country Club and the Legends of Indiana golf courses are also located in Franklin.