Norfolk is a somewhat small town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 12,003 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 91.14% 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 (16.59%), sales jobs (10.89%), and office and administrative support (10.75%).
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: 8.20% 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, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 37.41 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.
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. 50.48% 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 2018 was $48,647, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $194,588 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.