Northfield, MN
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Northfield is a medium-sized city located in the state of Minnesota. With a population of 20,380 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Northfield is the 55th largest community in Minnesota.

Northfield is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.44% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Northfield is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Northfield who work in office and administrative support (15.00%), teaching (14.76%), and personal care services (7.81%).

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

Also of interest is that Northfield 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: 31.47% 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, Northfield is a major college town that has a very high percentage of its residents over 18 years old who are college students. Naturally, collegiate life has a major influence on local Northfield culture, lifestyle and entertainment options. Northfield really pulses to the beat of the academic calendar. In Northfield every fall, returning students reinvigorate the community, who you will notice are all over town, buying groceries, out with friends, and getting acquainted or re-acquainted with each other and Northfield. One of the beneficial effects that colleges provide is that they tend to be lasting institutions that deliver direct economic benefits to the local economy in the form of such things as jobs for faculty and staff, and spending by students. Northfield benefits directly from this.

The citizens of Northfield are among the most well-educated in the nation: 47.79% of adults in Northfield have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Northfield in 2010 was $24,035, which is lower middle income relative to Minnesota, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $96,140 for a family of four. However, Northfield contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Northfield is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Northfield home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Northfield residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Northfield include Norwegian, Irish, Swedish, and English.

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