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 great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Norfolk a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Norfolk has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Norfolk’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.
In Norfolk, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 37.41 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.
Even though Norfolk is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the train for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding 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.