Northfield is a somewhat small village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 5,751 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Northfield is the 314th 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 96.19% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Northfield is a village of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Northfield who work in management occupations (22.53%), sales jobs (20.24%), and business and financial occupations (8.81%).
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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 13.93% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.
Northfield is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The village’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Northfield’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
One downside of living in Northfield is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Northfield, the average commute to work is 31.68 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the village, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
Even though Northfield is a smaller village, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the train for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.
If knowledge is power, Northfield is a pretty powerful place. 74.90% of the adults in Northfield have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Northfield in 2018 was $103,893, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $415,572 for a family of four.
Northfield is a somewhat ethnically-diverse village. 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, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Northfield is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Korean.