Introduction to Norfolk, Nebraska

Norfolk, Nebraska, in Madison county, is 61 miles SW of Sioux City, Iowa and 93 miles NW of Omaha, Nebraska. As of the year 2000 census, 23,516 people lived in Norfolk.

Norfolk History

Norfolk was initially explored by three scouts from a German Lutheran settlement in 1865. It is located on the banks of the Elkhorn River and was incorporated as a village in 1881. The city also served as the county seat of Madison county from 1867 to 1875, before it was shifted to nearby town of Battle Creek.

Norfolk and nearby Attractions

  • Elkhorn Valley Museum & Research Center
  • Norfolk Family History Center
  • Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest
  • Norfolk Arts Center
  • Gale D. Jones Fine Art Studio
  • Craft Gallery

Things To Do In Norfolk

The Elkhorn Valley Museum & Research Center and the Norfolk Family History Center may prove interesting to those hoping to learn more about the area’s history. Art galleries in the city include the Norfolk Arts Center and the Gale D. Jones Fine Art Studio, which showcase modern and traditional art and crafts. Local festivals include that Literature Festival and the Northeast Nebraska Ethnic Festival. The Eldorado Hills Golf Course and Norfork Country Club are popular among local golfers as well.

Norfolk Transportation

Karl Stefan Memorial is the nearest major airport.

Norfolk Higher Education

Northeast Community College and Nebraska Christian College are the local institutes of higher education. Wayne State College and the University of South Dakota are also nearby.


Total Population 24,393
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 14.8%
Employed Population 16+ 12,767
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 49.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 21%
Median Earnings25+ $31,107
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $24,758
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,028


Median Family Income $59,198
% Above Poverty Level 83.5%
% Below Poverty Level 16.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 30.3%
Median Gross Rent $624
Median House Value $119,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 21.8%
US/American 0%
English 6.2%
Irish 10.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Norfolk Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 61 miles SW of Sioux City, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 93 miles NW of Omaha, Nebraska
County Madison
Standard Zip Codes 68701
P.O. Box Zip Codes 68702
Phone Area Codes 402
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.028
Longitude -97.416

Norfolk Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.2 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 31 F
Apr Temp 37 to 61 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 38 to 64 F
Annual Precip 26.6 inches
Station MADISON 2 W
Distance 13.6 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 30 F
Apr Temp 34 to 61 F
Jul Temp 62 to 86 F
Oct Temp 36 to 65 F
Annual Precip 27.1 inches
Station OSMOND
Distance 24.2 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 30 F
Apr Temp 36 to 62 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 38 to 64 F
Annual Precip 25.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Battle Creek 1,131 $76,250
Hadar 302 $80,500
Hoskins 197 $60,625
Madison 2,545 $50,476
Pierce 1,959 $62,639
Stanton 1,650 $57,159

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Norfolk Public Libraries

Norfolk Public Library
Norfolk, Nebraska
(402) 844-2100
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Norfolk Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(402) 371-4880
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

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Student/teacher ratio: 13

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Student/teacher ratio: 15

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