Northfield, IL
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Northfield is a somewhat small village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 5,422 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 92.35% 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 (25.11%), sales jobs (14.23%), and healthcare (10.71%).

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.

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.

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, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.44 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

Despite being a small village, Northfield has a lot of people using the train to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the train are using it to get 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 76.43% 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 $81,159, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $324,636 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.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Northfield's cultural character, accounting for 15.23% of the village’s population.

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


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