Norfolk, MA
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Norfolk is a somewhat small town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 11,908 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 89.61% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Norfolk is a town of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Norfolk who work in management occupations (21.10%), sales jobs (12.69%), and business and financial occupations (10.53%).

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.28% 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, Norfolk 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.

Because of many things, Norfolk is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Norfolk a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Norfolk has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Norfolk’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

In Norfolk, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 36.09 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.

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 have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Norfolk. 51.51% 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 Norfolk in 2010 was $43,701, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $174,804 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 English, Italian, German, and French .

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

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