Norfolk, NE
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Living in Norfolk


Norfolk is a medium-sized city located in the state of Nebraska. With a population of 24,348 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Norfolk is the ninth largest community in Nebraska.

Unlike some cities, Norfolk isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Norfolk are a mix 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 (13.24%), sales jobs (10.04%), and management occupations (6.74%).

One of the benefits of Norfolk is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 13.68 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Norfolk is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Norfolk area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

In terms of college education, Norfolk is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 19.56% of adults 25 and older in Norfolk have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Norfolk in 2010 was $22,879, which is lower middle income relative to Nebraska, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $91,516 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 13.46% 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 Polish.