Northfield, IL
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Living in Northfield


Northfield is a somewhat small village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 5,751 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Northfield is the 314th largest community in Illinois.

Northfield home prices are not only among the most expensive in Illinois, but Northfield real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Northfield is a decidedly white-collar village, with fully 96.19% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Northfield is a village of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Northfield who work in management occupations (22.53%), sales jobs (20.24%), and business and financial occupations (8.81%).

Of important note, Northfield is also a village of artists. Northfield has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Northfield’s character.

Also of interest is that Northfield has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

A relatively large number of people in Northfield telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 13.93% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

In addition, Northfield is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

Because of many things, Northfield is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Northfield 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 village’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Northfield has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Northfield’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in Northfield, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.68 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

In Northfield, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though Northfield is a relatively small village. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Northfield, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Northfield is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 74.90% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Northfield in 2018 was $103,893, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $415,572 for a family of four.

Northfield is a somewhat ethnically-diverse village. The people who call Northfield home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Northfield residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Northfield include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

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


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