Norfolk, NE
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Norfolk is a medium-sized city located in the state of Nebraska. With a population of 24,366 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Norfolk is the ninth largest community in Nebraska.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Norfolk is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Norfolk is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Norfolk who work in office and administrative support (13.47%), sales jobs (10.30%), and healthcare (6.93%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Norfolk spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 14.14 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The percentage of adults in Norfolk who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 20.96% of the adults in Norfolk have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Norfolk in 2010 was $24,919, which is middle income relative to Nebraska and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $99,676 for a family of four. However, Norfolk contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Norfolk is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. 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 Native American. Norfolk also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 13.57% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Norfolk include Irish, English, Czech, and Swedish.

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