Franklin County is located in north central western Massachusetts. It is bordered to the west by Berkshire County, to the north by the Vermont and New Hampshire State Line, to the East by Worcester Counties, and to the south by the Hampshire County Line . The 2012 population for Franklin County was estimated to be 71,540. There are a total of 25 towns and 1 city in Franklin County with the largest being Greenfield. Franklin County has a land area of 725 square miles.
In 1997 County functions for the area were assumed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, making Franklin County a historical geographic region, with no county government. Some regional officials, including the sheriffs office, are still elected locally, but there is no county council or commissioner. The Franklin Regional Council of Governments is a regional compact that the towns have formed to share services. In addition, Franklin County Solid Waste Management District provides municipal waste disposal and recycling services to its members, while public transportation throughout the county and in the North Quabbin area of northwestern Worcester County is provided by the Franklin Regional Transit Authority.
Franklin County Massachusetts
|Town||County||Land area (sq mi)||Population (2010)|
|Greenfield (City)||Franklin County||21.89||17456|
|New Salem||Franklin County||58.65||990|