Northfield, IL
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Northfield is a somewhat small village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 5,484 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Northfield is the 320th largest community in Illinois.

Northfield home prices are not only among the most expensive in Illinois, but Northfield real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Northfield is a decidedly white-collar village, with fully 89.79% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Northfield is a village of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Northfield who work in management occupations (19.94%), sales jobs (14.71%), and teaching (9.34%).

Of important note, Northfield is also a village of artists. Northfield has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Northfield’s character.

Also of interest is that Northfield has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.50% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

In addition, Northfield is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.

Because of many things, Northfield is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Northfield really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Northfield perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

In Northfield, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though Northfield is a relatively small village. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Northfield, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Northfield is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 76.57% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Northfield in 2010 was $63,983, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $255,932 for a family of four.

The people who call Northfield home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Northfield residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Northfield include German, English, Polish, and Italian.

Northfield also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 17.76%.

The most common language spoken in Northfield is English. Other important languages spoken here include Polish and Spanish.

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