History of Franklin Park
Franklin Park is a northwestern borough of Allegheny County in Pennsylvania. Franklin Park was founded in 1823 and was named in honor of Benjamin Franklin. Marshall and Bradford Woods were once part of Franklin Park and Brandt School Road was a Native American Path.
The community that is today Franklin Park Borough was originally part of Western Pennsylvania’s Depreciation Lands. With the formation of Allegheny County in 1788, Franklin Park was part of Pitt Township, which included all land north of the Ohio River. Following the path of Pine Creek as a boundary, Pitt Township was divided in half (1800), with the newly created Pine Township containing what would become Franklin Park.
The 2010 census population was 13,470 and Franklin Park is situated on a total area of 13.6 square miles. . It is part of the North Allegheny School District and participates in the multi-municipality Northland Public Library.
Franklin Park Government
Franklin Park Borough is governed by an elected six-member council, mayor, and one hired manager. The borough has three wards and each wards elects two members to the council. The council elects a President, Vice-President, and Second Vice-President.
Each year, Council appoints a local high school student to serve as the Junior Councilperson.
Franklin Park Demographics
In 2000, there were 11,364 people, 3,866 households, and 3,282 families residing in the borough. The population density of Franklin Park was 836.5 people per square mile (323.1/km²). There were 3,973 housing units at an average density of 292.5 per square mile (113.0/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 95.05% White, 1.02% African American, 0.04% Native American, 2.89% Asian, 0.19% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.54% of the population.
The median income for a household in the Borough of Franklin Park was $87,627, and the median income for a family was $94,521. Males had a median income of $77,517 versus $40,828 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $37,924. About 2.3% of families and 3.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.2% of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.