Long Island: Franklin Square


Franklin Square, Long Island Franklin Square is a hamlet (census-designated place) located in Nassau County, Long Island, New York. As of 2010 census, there were 29,320 people, 9,941 households, and 7,569 families. The median income for a household was $84,566, and the median income for a family was $95,541. The latitude of Franklin Square is 40.707N. The longitude is -73.676W. It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 66 feet. Major ancestry groups reported by Franklin Square residents composed of 40% Italian, 16% Irish, 11% German, and 33% other races.

The town was founded in 1870 by Leon J Mccullough Jr., a farmer and a businessman. The first Catholic mass on Long Island was held in his home. Then, the German immigrants came in significant numbers in the late 1870 and many of them were farmers with variety of produce and others raising chickens or pigs. After World War I, the real estate boom reached Franklin Square. It was one of the fastest-growing communities of the 1940s. Homes completely replaced farms by 1952. No one really knows exactly why Franklin Square is so named. Some suggested it was for Benjamin Franklin, but he had no connection to the area while others believe it was named for an unknown person residing there. The former and merged names include Trimming Square and Washington Square.

Franklin Square is a great place to raise kids with many attractions and annual events that provide fun to the entire family. It includes street fairs, festivals and parades hosted by different organizations. Summertime block parties also are popular here.

The Rath Park is a popular park in the area that features an outdoor pool, athletic fields and courts, play equipment, picnic tables and a playground. Even though Franklin Square lacks a downtown district, it has an abundance of shops, services and eateries that soothes your way of living. The area is boasted for its Italian restaurants and delis. Franklin Square is largely middle class with tidy neighborhoods and pleasant residents who can afford putting a lot of money into their homes. It’s not unusual for a builder to buy an original ranch for $400,000 and knock it down to build a Colonial and then sell it for $700,000 to $800,000 in Franklin Square.



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