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 24,434 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 (12.27%), sales jobs (9.55%), and management occupations (7.67%).

One of the benefits of Norfolk is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 13.69 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.

In terms of college education, Norfolk is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 20.63% of adults 25 and older in Norfolk have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Norfolk in 2010 was $25,149, which is middle income relative to Nebraska and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $100,596 for a family of four. However, Norfolk contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Norfolk is a very 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 Black or African-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 14.32% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Norfolk include German, Irish, Czech, English, and Swedish.

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