Quality of Life

Thrive in Franklin County

People call Franklin County home because one can find a myriad of business and leisure opportunities that indulge both the mental and the physical senses. In addition to the renowned natural splendors and abundance of wildlife, we also have something for everyone when it comes to cultural, educational, or outdoor recreation. It’s all part of our multi-faceted rural communities – and the people of Franklin County take great pride in their heritage. The satisfying quality of life, and the peace that comes from living it, is something that truly strengthens our communities.


Franklin County is home to 4 excellent public school districts and Carrabassett Valley Academy, a private ski/snowboard academy. Foster CTE, a career and technical education center, gives all of our public high school students the opportunity to learn alternative skills for trades and careers. The University of Maine At Farmington is a nationally recognized public liberal arts college located in the heart of downtown Farmington. While there are no community colleges located within Franklin County, we’re within commuting distance of Central Maine Community College and Kennebec Valley Community College.

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Franklin Memorial Hospital


The region’s health care is predominantly served by Franklin Community Health Network, a nonprofit network of rural health care providers that is anchored in Farmington with Franklin Memorial Hospital but has practices across the county. FCHN is locally controlled and has been a member of the MaineHealth family since 2014. HealthReach Community Health Centers also serves parts of the region, with four practices located in Greater Franklin County.

Arts & Culture

With the rich and creative history of the Greater Franklin County region, there is always something to see and do. Artists of all mediums thrive in Franklin County, with the region’s natural beauty often serving as inspiration. Many local groups and nonprofit arts and culture organizations work to ensure that there is programming of all types happening year-round to bring our communities closer through the arts and the ways we can connect with our heritage.

Celtic Music Festival
Sugarloaf Ski Mountain Maine

Outdoor Recreation

A four-season destination, Franklin County has an array of recreational assets to appeal to visitors and businesses seeking outdoor adventures.  In addition to numerous biking, hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, and ATV riding opportunities in the area, Mt. Blue State Park is located at the base of Tumbledown Mountain on breathtaking Webb Lake, while the Rangeley Lakes region and scenic Sugarloaf have been attracting adventuresome outdoor travelers for many generations.

Find out why people choose to live and work in Franklin County
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