Despite being the seventh largest city in Tennessee and a suburb of Nashville, Franklin maintains a small-town charm while in the midst of a growth spurt. Since 2000, Franklin has more than doubled its population size but still has plenty of room to grow. Available in this booming city are single- and two-story homes with large lawns for parties and playing, as well as quaint, tree-nestled cottages. The older homes here, along with much of the city, have deep roots going as far back as the Civil War.
Franklin is the county seat of Williamson County, considered to be one of the most desirable suburban locations in Tennessee. This is partly due to its location in relation to Nashville but also to a high standard of living. Health care is widely available in Franklin and makes for steady employment; the top three employers in the city are health care related. Overall the unemployment rate in Franklin is very positive at nearly two-thirds the national average. Volunteer work is also easy to come by-no surprise since Tennessee is the Volunteer State. Ministries, Goodwill, and mental health counseling, to name a few, recruit volunteers and in return serve Franklin's residents. Franklin maintains a small-town feel because it is not overrun by any particular college, but there are a select few high-quality universities nearby such as Vanderbilt and Tennessee State.
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