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Franklin County has a great lifestyle and living here is so easy. Whether you prefer to chill out in a hammock in your back yard or take part in any number of events and activities, shops and museums, to hopping in a car and heading to any number of midwest cities (Chicago anyone?) you can live a life of excitement and relaxation. It's just easier here, which makes a great life in Franklin County.

  • A traffic jam is three pickups and a chevy.
  • Great jobs available with career potential.
  • Affordability factor is low - our cost of living is less than the national average.
  • Lots of free wifi spots.
  • Lots of fun things to do.
  • Low crime rate.
  • Plenty of elbow room.
  • Genuinely friendly and welcoming people.
  • Average commute is under 15 minutes. How great is that!

Hampton Public Library 4 South Federal Street, Hampton
Sheffield Public Library 123 S. 3rd, Sheffield
Coulter Public Library 111 Main St., Coulter

Rustic Brew 117 1st St. NW, Hampton
La Amiquita 115 1st St. NW, Hampton
McDonalds 411 Central Ave. East, Hampton (Intersection of Hwys 3 & 65)
Hardee's 10 3rd St. SW, Hampton (along hwy 3)


What's your pleasure? Rent or own? Our quality neighorhoods are another contributor to our great lifestyle. You have options in Franklin County. Here are some resources to help you find a place to live.

Abbott Realty 641-456-4707
Krukow Real Estate 641-456-3883
Staley Real Estate 641-456-3607
Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce has a list of landlords if you inquire. They are also a great information resource for what's going on in our communities. 5 1st St. SW, Hampton 641-456-5668


ACKLEY - Ackley is where tradition lives which includes an attractive downtown, classic neighborhoods and thriving business sector. City Hall: 641-847-3332

ALEXANDER - This farm community of friendly people is tucked into the fields of northwest Franklin County. Alexander got its start by virtue of the first house built in 1860 and is home to Latham Hi-Tech Seed Company. City Clerk: 515-571-1120

COULTER- This pocket-sized community is located next to Interstate I-35 and features a great shady city park and one of the best pizza places around. City Hall: 641-866-6942

DOWS - With one foot in Franklin County and the other in Wright County, the community of Dows is noted for its unique historical treasures and restored rail depot. City Hall: 515-852-4327

GENEVA - Geneva residents are crazy for softball, baseball and anything to do with the outdoors. Friendliness abounds in Geneva. City Clerk: 641-494-8425

HAMPTON - In addition to serving as the county seat of Franklin County, Hampton was the hometown of Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy and of early television personality Jack Bailey. City Hall: 641-456-4853

HANSELL - This quiet, unassuming community is located minutes east of Hampton on Hwy 3 and features Towns End Winery. Friendly people are Hansell's hallmark. City Clerk: 641-494-8425

LATIMER - High on commmunity pride and vigor Latimer offers safe streets, welcoming neighbors and an entrepreneurial spirit. Hutchinson/Mayrath recently opened their new buildings in the Latimer Business Park. City Hall: 641-579-6452

POPEJOY - There's a story needs be told about Mr. Slocum's suit, an interesting story about the scarcity of clothes in the pioneer days and the discoveries to be made by nosy neighbors. City Clerk: 515-859-7486

SHEFFIELD - Home to the 2011 Iowa State Basketball champs, the West Fork Nation is also home to a nationally recognized company, Sukup Manufacturing. Sheffield is a welcoming community eager to show you their friendly side. City Hall: 641-892-4718