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Northfield, IL
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Living in Northfield



Northfield is a somewhat small village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 5,578 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.

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.

A relatively large number of people in Northfield telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 23.56% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

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 31.10 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.

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 have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Northfield. 78.18% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Northfield in 2018 was $107,453, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $429,812 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, Irish, English, Polish, and Greek.

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


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