Franklin County


Franklin County is a mix of lakeshore, rolling farmland, and hilly terrain tucked into the northwest corner of Vermont. Franklin County is bordered by Lake Champlain, the Lamoille River Valley, the Green Mountains, and Quebec, Canada. St. Albans serves as the population and commercial center of the county, while the surrounding towns contribute to the small town agricultural environment that dominates the county.

The county’s economic history has been strongly influenced by its environmental assets and its proximity to Montreal, Quebec. Canadian companies have located their United States operations within many industrial parks within Franklin County. Many new residents have settled here because of the excellent quality of life and access to jobs. The population of Franklin County has increased from 39,980 in 1990 to an estimated 49,946 in 2020, an increase of approximately 20%.


CityDistance from Franklin County
Montreal, QC90 Miles
Albany, NY147 Miles
Ottawa, ON207 Miles
Boston, MA225 Miles
New York City293 Miles

St. Albans City is the only “city” in Franklin County and serves at the county seat.  For a taste of all St. Albans has offer please enjoy a video courtesy of Tamithy Howrigan Real Estate, “American Dream – Selling St. Albans.”

Explore more of Franklin County in this video produced by Coldwell Banker Hickock & Boardman Realty.

US Census Bureau

Click here to view Franklin County, VT and Vermont State People and Business QuickFacts on the US Census Bureau web site.

Employment & Demographics

Click here to view the current Economic & Labor Market Information on the Vermont Department of Labor web site. The current Economic-Demographic Profile for state, county and town economic data is available to download at this site.

Strategic Plan

The Franklin County Regional Strategic Economic Development Plan is available to download as a PDF file.

Click here to view the document

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