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 90.19% 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 (21.02%), business and financial occupations (10.69%), and sales jobs (10.51%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.06% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.

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 is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Norfolk, the average commute to work is 35.70 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 50.42% 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 $43,175, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $172,700 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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