Northfield, MN

Northfield profile

Living in Northfield

Northfield is a medium-sized city located in the state of Minnesota. With a population of 20,742 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Northfield is the 55th largest community in Minnesota.

Unlike some cities, Northfield isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Northfield are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Northfield is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Northfield who work in office and administrative support (14.82%), teaching (12.78%), and food service (7.82%).

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.

Of important note, Northfield is also a city 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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 34.23% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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 Northfield has a very large number of students who are 18 years or older and in college, it is thought of as a college town. This has a major influence on local Northfield lifestyle, entertainment, and culture in general. Life in Northfield is very much tied to the academic calendar: when students return from the summer break in the fall, one will notice them out and about, buying groceries, out with friends, and generally getting re-acquainted with each other. In Northfield people study hard and play hard, and there is ample opportunity to do both.

Northfield, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.

The citizens of Northfield are among the most well-educated in the nation: 47.36% of adults in Northfield have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Northfield in 2018 was $30,649, which is middle income relative to Minnesota, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $122,596 for a family of four. However, Northfield contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Northfield is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. 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, Norwegian, Irish, Swedish, and English.

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