Norfolk, MA
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Norfolk is a somewhat small town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 11,988 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Norfolk is the 166th largest community in Massachusetts.

Housing costs in Norfolk are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Massachusetts.

Norfolk is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 90.76% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Norfolk is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Norfolk who work in management occupations (18.44%), sales jobs (11.57%), and office and administrative support (10.64%).

Also of interest is that Norfolk 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: 8.72% 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.

Because of many things, Norfolk 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, Norfolk really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Norfolk 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.

One downside of living in Norfolk is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Norfolk, the average commute to work is 37.50 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

Even though Norfolk is a smaller town, 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.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Norfolk, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Norfolk is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 51.18% 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 Norfolk in 2010 was $46,397, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $185,588 for a family of four.

Norfolk is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Norfolk home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Norfolk residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Norfolk include Irish, Italian, English, German, and Polish.

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


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