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Overview

Introduction to Norfolk, Massachusetts

Norfolk, Massachusetts, in Norfolk county, is 12 miles SE of Framingham, Massachusetts and 21 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is included in the Boston metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 10,460 people lived in Norfolk.

Norfolk History

The area of Norfolk was initially a tract of land owned by King Philip. The first settlers arrived here in in 1793, but it started growing rapidly only after a local minister, Rev. David Avery, was forced to leave the neighboring town of Wrentham. Rev. Avery and his supporters moved to Norfolk, and many others followed soon. Norfolk was incorporated in 1870.

Norfolk and nearby Attractions

  • Massachusetts Correctional Institute Walpole
  • State Correctional Institute
  • Norfolk Grange Hall
  • Pine Grove Cemetery
  • Eagle Brook
  • Pine Grove Cemetery

Things To Do In Norfolk

Norfolk offers a wide range of entertainment and amusement facilities. You can spend a relaxing evening in this town by strolling along the riverside. Eagle Brook, Stony Brook, Miller Brook and the Mill River are some of nature's watery wonders in Norfolk that are perfect for fishing and sailing. The Kingfisher Pond is also an attractive destnation for nature lovers.

Norfolk Transportation

Boston Logan International is the local major airport.

Norfolk Higher Education

Wellesley College offers higher education facilities.

People

Total Population 11,529
Male Share of the Population 60.3%
Female Share of the Population 39.7%
Senior Citizens 9.1%
Employed Population 16+ 4,900
Age of the Population 43

Families

% of people married 54.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 51.5%
Median Earnings25+ $65,164
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $8,676
Median Earnings With High School Degree $40,878

Wealth

Median Family Income $154,375
% Above Poverty Level 95.4%
% Below Poverty Level 4.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 38 minutes
% Working from Home 8.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.3%
% Using Public Transportation 14.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 12.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,400
Median House Value $445,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15.9%
US/American 0.5%
English 17.2%
Irish 27.6%

Norfolk Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 12 miles SE of Framingham, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 21 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Norfolk
Standard Zip Codes 02056
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.119
Longitude -71.325

Norfolk Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station WALPOLE 2
Distance 5.1 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 36 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46.5 inches
Station BROCKTON
Distance 17.4 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 38 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 61 to 83 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 48.2 inches
Station HINGHAM
Distance 22.4 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 81 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 49.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Medfield 5,964 $131,471
Medway 12,965 $133,311
Millis 8,007 $106,895
Walpole 5,910 $99,024
Wrentham 11,169 $120,714

Norfolk Public Libraries

Library
Norfolk Public Library
139 MAIN ST.
Norfolk, Massachusetts
(508) 528-3380
Library Web Site

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