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.
A relatively large number of people in Norfolk telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.06% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.
Norfolk is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the 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 35.70 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 town, Norfolk 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.
If knowledge is power, Norfolk is a pretty powerful place. 50.42% of the adults in Norfolk have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
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.