Norfolk, MA
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Norfolk is a somewhat small town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 11,723 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 90.41% 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 (20.78%), business and financial occupations (11.52%), and sales jobs (10.18%).

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.

Of important note, Norfolk is also a town of artists. Norfolk has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Norfolk’s character.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.87% 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 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.

One downside of living in Norfolk, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 35.87 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

In Norfolk, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though Norfolk is a relatively small town. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other 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 50.21% 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 $42,819, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $171,276 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 Italian, English, German, and French .

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



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