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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.50% 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". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

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 ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

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.

If knowledge is power, Northfield is a pretty powerful place. 76.57% 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 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.

In addition, Northfield has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (17.76%).

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

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