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Norfolk County, Massachusetts (MA)

County population in 2014: 692,254 (99% urban, 1% rural); it was 650,308 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 132,562
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 45,807
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 173,413
Renter-occupied apartments: 79,545 (it was 75,414 in 2000)
% of renters here:

30%
State:

38%

Land area: 400 sq. mi.

Water area: 44.4 sq. mi.

Population density: 1732 people per square mile   (very high).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Norfolk County: 134.9 (high, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (35.4%), Educational, health and social services (19.6%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (16.6%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 74%
  • Government: 4%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 22%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Norfolk County, Massachusetts:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (80.3%)
  • Asian alone (8.6%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (5.4%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (3.3%)
  • Two or more races (1.7%)
  • Some other race alone (0.6%)
Median resident age:  40.0 years
Massachusetts median age:  39.0 years
Males: 331,331  (47.9%)
Females: 360,923  (52.1%)
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Norfolk County,MA real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Norfolk County:

2.0 people
Massachusetts:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2015: $94,039 ($63,432 in 1999)

This county:

$94,039
Massachusetts:

$70,628

Median contract rent in 2015 for apartments: $1,282 (lower quartile is $873, upper quartile is $1,781)
This county:

$1282
State:

$1014


Estimated median house or condo value in 2015: $429,200 (it was $226,700 in 2000)
Norfolk:

$429,200
Massachusetts:

$352,100
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $319,300 - $647,000

Mean price in 2015:

Detached houses: $565,972
Here:

$565,972
State:

$439,026

Townhouses or other attached units: $388,194
Here:

$388,194
State:

$393,052

In 2-unit structures: $634,867
Here:

$634,867
State:

$383,248

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $536,962
Here:

$536,962
State:

$429,779

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $350,646
Here:

$350,646
State:

$395,784

Mobile homes: $66,033
Here:

$66,033
State:

$103,179
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $2,386
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $897

Institutionalized population: 8,991
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Health of residents in Norfolk County based on CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaires from 2003 to 2012:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.7. This is significantly better than average.
78.1% of residents exercised in the past month. This is about average.
46.5% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is about average.
79.2% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is about average.
81.8% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is more than average.
Average weight of males is 190 pounds. This is about average.
Average weight of females is 155 pounds. This is less than average.
8.5% of residents keep firearms around their homes. This is less than average.

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2000: 1049 buildings, average cost: $220,100
  • 2001: 1077 buildings, average cost: $211,900
  • 2002: 926 buildings, average cost: $223,000
  • 2003: 793 buildings, average cost: $251,400
  • 2004: 892 buildings, average cost: $258,400
  • 2005: 1005 buildings, average cost: $281,100
  • 2006: 707 buildings, average cost: $311,200
  • 2007: 653 buildings, average cost: $345,500
  • 2008: 423 buildings, average cost: $410,300
  • 2009: 441 buildings, average cost: $311,400
  • 2010: 519 buildings, average cost: $324,800
  • 2011: 494 buildings, average cost: $335,400
  • 2012: 639 buildings, average cost: $345,500
  • 2013: 815 buildings, average cost: $354,100
  • 2014: 758 buildings, average cost: $371,100

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2015: $5,238 (1.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2015: $5,060 (1.2%)

Norfolk County household income distribution in 2009 Norfolk County home values distribution Norfolk County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 7.1%
(5.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 13.9% for Black residents, 13.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 23.3% for American Indian residents, 22.3% for other race residents, 10.3% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 7.1%
Norfolk County:

7.1%
Massachusetts:

11.5%
(5.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 13.9% for Black residents, 12.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 23.3% for American Indian residents, 19.6% for other race residents, 9.8% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2015: 41 years old
(Males: 39 years old, Females: 42 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 44 years old, Black residents: 33 years old, American Indian residents: 29 years old, Asian residents: 36 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 29 years old, Other race residents: 25 years old)

Area name: Brockton, MA HUD Metro FMR Area
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Norfolk County is $876 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $1103 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $1319 a month.

Cities in this county include: Quincy, Brookline, Weymouth, Weymouth Town, Braintree Town, Braintree, Franklin Town, Randolph, Franklin, Needham.

Norfolk County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

2012 air pollution in Norfolk County:

Nitrogen Dioxide: 0.00 ppm (standard limit: 0.053 ppm). Below U.S. average.
Ozone (1-hour): 0.037 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Norfolk County: Blandford Ski Area (A), East Longmeadow Industrial Park (B), Golden Acres Campground (C), Hampden Country Club (D), Quaboag Valley Golf Course (E), Sodom Mountain Campground (F), Southwick Country Club (G), Westover Industrial Park (H), Echo Hill Orchards (I), Mountain Orchards (J), Rice Fruit Farm (K), West Parish Orchards (L), Appalachian Mountain Club (M), Barber Camp (N), Wilbraham Country Club (O), Ludlow Country Club (P), East Longmeadow Rod and Gun Club (Q), Garden Plaza (R), Heritage Park Plaza (S), Ludlow Shopping Plaza (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Centers: Garden Plaza Shopping Center (1), Hampden Mini-Mall Shopping Center (2), Heritage Park Plaza Shopping Center (3), Ludlow Plaza Shopping Center (4), Southwick Plaza Shopping Center (5), Stony Hill Plaza Shopping Center (6), The Shops at Gillett Corners Shopping Center (7), Dunbar Shopping Center (8), North Main Shopping Center (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Norfolk County include: Westfield Evangelical Free Church (A), Wales Baptist Church (B), United Church of Christ (C), Union Church of Christ (D), Southwick Assembly of God Church (E), Saint Peter and Paul Ukranian Catholic Church (F), Saint Pauls United Methodist Church (G), Saint Pauls Church (H), Saint Marys Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: South Quarter Cemetery (1), Tolland Cemetery (2), North Blanford Cemetery (3), North Blandford Cemetery (4), Pine Hill Cemetery (5), Webster Cemetery (6), Moulton Hill Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Red Stone Lake (A), Congamond Lakes (B), South Pond (C), Shatterack Pond (D), North Pond (E), Middle Pond (F), Goose Pond (G), Round Hill Pond (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Big Brook (A), Broad Brook (B), Cadwell Brook (C), Calkins Brook (D), Harris Brook (E), Higher Brook (F), Maxwell Brook (G), Spear Brook (H), Temple Brook (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Norfolk County include: Gerrish Park (1), Hampden Memorial Recreational Park (2), Heritage Park (3), Chester Wildlife Management Area (4), Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary (5), Leahy Field (6), Ludlow Center Historic District (7), Red Bridge State Park (8), Wilbraham Wildlife Area (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Beach: Babbs Beach (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Neighboring counties: Hartford County, Connecticut , Middlesex County , Burt County, Nebraska , Cass County, Michigan , Dixon County, Nebraska , Grundy County, Iowa .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

4.0%
Massachusetts:

4.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 42,232
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 91.3%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 42.9%

Number of foreign born residents: 76,732 (55% naturalized citizens)

Norfolk County:

11.8%
Whole state:

12.2%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 17,161
  • 1990 to 1994: 11,109
  • 1985 to 1989: 10,170
  • 1980 to 1984: 8,599
  • 1975 to 1979: 6,548
  • 1970 to 1974: 5,256
  • 1970 to 1974: 4,922
  • 1965 to 1969: 12,967
Note: State values scaled to Norfolk County population

Mean travel time to work (commute): 30.0 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 46.8%

Norfolk County marital status for males Norfolk County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 151,611
  • One, attached: 10,189
  • Two: 21,068
  • 3 or 4: 15,924
  • 5 to 9: 12,981
  • 10 to 19: 11,703
  • 20 or more: 30,780
  • Mobile homes: 873
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 25

Housing units in Norfolk County with a mortgage: 103,666 (8,073 second mortgage, 15,059 home equity loan, 419 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 40,516

Here:

71.9% with mortgage
State:

71.6% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Norfolk County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic355,32152
Mainline Protestant33,086115
Other30,59375
Evangelical Protestant11,32389
Orthodox3,5399
None236,988-
Norfolk County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 108
Norfolk County:

1.65 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.98 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 6
Here:

0.09 / 10,000 pop.
Massachusetts:

0.05 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 134
This county:

2.04 / 10,000 pop.
Massachusetts:

2.22 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 103
Norfolk County:

1.57 / 10,000 pop.
Massachusetts:

1.77 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 556
This county:

8.48 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.76 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Norfolk County:

7.1%
Massachusetts:

8.1%

Adult obesity rate:
Norfolk County:

19.1%
State:

22.5%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

12.9%
State:

16.5%

Agriculture in Norfolk County:

Average size of farms: 61 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $54,357
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $4381.74
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 76.15%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 6.87%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $54,491
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 19.00%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $44,484
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 77.40%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 5.84
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 20.19%
Vegetables: 605 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 66 acres

Tornado activity:

Norfolk County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Massachusetts state average. It is 3140449.0 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused one injury recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 8/10/1979, a category 1 (max. wind speeds 73-112 mph) tornado injured one person and caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Norfolk County-area historical earthquake activity is near Massachusetts state average. It is 90% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 201.6 miles away from Norfolk County center
On 1/19/1982 at 00:14:42, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 MD, 4.5 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 92.8 miles away from the county center
On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MB, 4.2 MS, 5.2 MW, 5.0 MW, Depth: 6.8 mi) earthquake occurred 204.1 miles away from the county center
On 8/22/1992 at 12:20:32, a magnitude 4.8 (4.8 MB, 3.8 MS, 4.7 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 218.4 miles away from the county center
On 10/2/1994 at 11:27:22, a magnitude 3.7 (3.5 LG, 3.7 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 58.4 miles away from Norfolk County center
On 7/22/2003 at 11:41:15, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, Depth: 6.8 mi) earthquake occurred 70.0 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Massachusetts Severe Winter Storm, Snowstorm, and Flooding, Incident Period: January 26, 2015 to January 29, 2015, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4214: April 13, 2015, FEMA Id: 4214, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Winter Storm, Flood
  • Massachusetts Explosions, Incident Period: April 15, 2013 to April 22, 2013, Emergency Declared EM-3362: April 17, 2013, FEMA Id: 3362, Natural disaster type: Explosion
  • Massachusetts Severe Winter Storm, Snowstorm, and Flooding, Incident Period: February 08, 2013 to February 10, 2013, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4110: April 19, 2013, FEMA Id: 4110, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Winter Storm, Flood
  • Massachusetts Hurricane Sandy, Incident Period: October 27, 2012 to November 08, 2012, Emergency Declared EM-3350: October 28, 2012, FEMA Id: 3350, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Massachusetts Severe Storm, Incident Period: October 29, 2011 to October 30, 2011, Emergency Declared EM-3343: November 01, 2011, FEMA Id: 3343, Natural disaster type: Storm
  • Massachusetts Tropical Storm Irene, Incident Period: August 27, 2011 to August 29, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4028: September 03, 2011, FEMA Id: 4028, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm
  • Massachusetts Hurricane Irene, Incident Period: August 26, 2011 to September 05, 2011, Emergency Declared EM-3330: August 26, 2011, FEMA Id: 3330, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Massachusetts Severe Winter Storm and Snowstorm, Incident Period: January 11, 2011 to January 12, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1959: March 07, 2011, FEMA Id: 1959, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Winter Storm
  • Massachusetts Hurricane Earl, Incident Period: September 01, 2010 to September 04, 2010, Emergency Declared EM-3315: September 02, 2010, FEMA Id: 3315, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Massachusetts Water Main Break, Incident Period: May 01, 2010 to May 05, 2010, Emergency Declared EM-3312: May 03, 2010, FEMA Id: 3312, Natural disaster type: Water Main Break
  • 21 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Norfolk County (31) is a lot greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 18
Emergencies Declared: 13

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 12, Storms: 10, Hurricanes: 6, Snowstorms: 5, Snows: 3, Winter Storms: 3, Blizzards: 2, Explosion: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Snowfall: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Water Main Break: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (26%)
  • Educational services (16%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (11%)
  • Retail trade (9%)
  • Finance and insurance (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Manufacturing (4%)
  • Health care and social assistance (26%)
  • Educational services (16%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (11%)
  • Retail trade (9%)
  • Finance and insurance (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Manufacturing (5%)
Most common occupations in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Management occupations (15%)
  • Sales and related occupations (11%)
  • Computer and mathematical occupations (8%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (7%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (7%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (7%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (5%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (17%)
  • Management occupations (12%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (11%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (9%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (9%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (5%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (11%)
  • Canada (6%)
  • Ireland (6%)
  • India (5%)
  • United Kingdom (4%)
  • Italy (4%)
  • Vietnam (4%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Norfolk County (%):

  • Irish (29%)
  • Italian (13%)
  • English (8%)
  • United States or American (5%)
  • German (4%)
  • Polish (3%)
  • Russian (3%)

Norfolk County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 241,743 (73%)
  • Carpooled: 24,657 (7%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 4,765 (1%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 3,108 (1%)
  • Subway or elevated: 18,985 (6%)
  • Railroad: 13,119 (4%)
  • Ferryboat: 562 (0%)
  • Taxi: 414 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 183 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 879 (0%)
  • Walked: 9,970 (3%)
  • Other means: 1,289 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 11,979 (4%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Norfolk County, Massachusetts in 2000:

  • 5,963 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 5,859 people in nursing homes
  • 2,436 people in state prisons
  • 617 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 380 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 348 people in schools, hospitals, or wards for the mentally retarded
  • 271 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 257 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 172 people in religious group quarters
  • 161 people in orthopedic wards and institutions for the physically handicapped
  • 160 people in other types of correctional institutions
  • 160 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 137 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 131 people in other hospitals or wards for chronically ill
  • 102 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 102 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 97 people in other group homes
  • 54 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 46 people in homes for the physically handicapped
  • 40 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents
  • 27 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 17 people in institutions for the blind
  • 10 people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children
  • 9 people in residential treatment centers for emotionally disturbed children
  • 6 people in hospices or homes for chronically ill
  • 5 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms
  • 2 people in other workers' dormitories

People in group quarters in Norfolk County, Massachusetts in 2010:

  • 7,451 people in college/university student housing
  • 4,971 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 2,816 people in state prisons
  • 610 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 316 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 304 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 283 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 200 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 186 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 133 people in residential schools for people with disabilities
  • 119 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 75 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
  • 66 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 43 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 25 people in hospitals with patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 10 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 3 people in in-patient hospice facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $96,799.

7.08% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($63,891 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.08%
Massachusetts average:

5.61%


0.04% of residents moved from foreign countries ($237 average AGI)
Norfolk County:

0.04%
Massachusetts average:

0.06%

4.86% relocated from other counties in Massachusetts ($43,534 average AGI)
2.18% relocated from other states ($20,120 average AGI)
Norfolk County:

2.18%
Massachusetts average:

2.41%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Suffolk County, MA  1.88% ($66,447 average AGI)
from Middlesex County, MA  1.14% ($78,357)
from Plymouth County, MA  0.84% ($47,688)
from Bristol County, MA  0.44% ($52,377)
from Worcester County, MA  0.26% ($53,668)
from Providence County, RI  0.14% ($55,168)
from Essex County, MA  0.13% ($74,346)


7.35% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($63,717 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.35%
Massachusetts average:

5.85%


0.10% of residents moved to foreign countries ($810 average AGI)
Norfolk County:

0.10%
Massachusetts average:

0.11%

4.78% relocated to other counties in Massachusetts ($40,267 average AGI)
2.47% relocated to other states ($22,640 average AGI)
Norfolk County:

2.47%
Massachusetts average:

2.61%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Suffolk County, MA  1.59% ($53,813 average AGI)
to Middlesex County, MA  1.23% ($79,480)
to Plymouth County, MA  0.92% ($58,709)
to Bristol County, MA  0.44% ($50,643)
to Worcester County, MA  0.27% ($51,162)
to Essex County, MA  0.14% ($62,981)
to Providence County, RI  0.14% ($49,585)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.2
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.4
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 10.9

Births per 1000 population in Norfolk County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 8.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 8.7
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 8.1

Deaths per 1000 population in Norfolk County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 4.0
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 3.5
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2007 to 2013: 3.7

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Norfolk County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 3.0%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 1.3%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Norfolk County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Norfolk County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 101,640 (88,270 aged, 13,370 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 5,106 (3%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Norfolk County, Massachusetts in 1999 - 2014:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (6,885)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (6,073)
  • Unspecified dementia (4,738)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (4,421)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (3,070)
  • Congestive heart failure (2,610)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (2,561)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (2,505)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (2,288)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (1,767)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 6%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 4%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 0.61
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 6,926
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 116
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 26,765

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,209
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 880
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 19

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 88
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 92

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 16
Beer, wine & liquor stores per 100,000 population in 2005: 1
Fitness & recreation sports centers per 100,000 population in 2005: 2,227

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.6. This is less than state average.

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 65.5. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Suffocation - 26.3
  • Poisoning - 13.6
  • Firearm - 12.3
  • Other - 13.4

Household type by relationship:

Households: 653,239
  • In family households: 540,608 (116,996 male householders, 51,907 female householders)
    134,066 spouses, 197,825 children (189,784 natural, 4,588 adopted, 3,453 stepchildren), 7,406 grandchildren, 6,062 brothers or sisters, 7,064 parents, 5,893 other relatives, 9,006 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 112,631 (36,559 male householders (27,334 living alone)), 52,452 female householders (43,798 living alone)), 23,620 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 17,611 (8,991 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 65,615 2-persons, 40,126 3-persons, 38,562 4-persons, 16,767 5-persons, 5,409 6-persons, 2,424 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 71,132 1-person, 14,223 2-persons, 2,292 3-persons, 957 4-persons, 293 5-persons, 59 6-persons, 55 7-or-more-persons.

123,500 married couples with children.
20,654 single-parent households (3,498 men, 17,156 women).

85.5% of residents of Norfolk County speak English at home.
2.0% of residents speak Spanish at home (72% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 10% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).
7.0% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (70% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 9% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
4.4% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (48% speak English very well, 28% speak English well, 19% speak English not well, 6% don't speak English at all).
1.1% of residents speak other language at home (76% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 5% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $3,803,812,000 ($5,820 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $873,900,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $1,191,231,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $996,064,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $4,631,000
Federal grants: $553,090,000
Federal procurement contracts: $919,083,000 ($836,571,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $139,713,000 ($6,696,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $3,280,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $212,568,000
Federal Government insurance: $601,051,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 43,247
Here:

66 per 1000 residents
State:

67 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 30,123
Here:

46 per 1000 residents
State:

46 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +13,640
Here:

+21 per 1000 residents
State:

+25 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -22,660
Here -35 per 1000 residents
State -37 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Norfolk County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 44.69 millions of gallons per day (74% from ground, 26% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.8
State:

6.4

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

3.8
State:

4.0

Year house built

  • 2014 or later: 827
  • 2010 to 2013: 4,249
  • 2000 to 2009: 21,496
  • 1990 to 1999: 20,662
  • 1980 to 1989: 31,390
  • 1970 to 1979: 34,369
  • 1960 to 1969: 32,404
  • 1950 to 1959: 38,519
  • 1940 to 1949: 17,322
  • 1939 or earlier: 72,748
Note: State values scaled to Norfolk population
Rooms in houses/apartments in Norfolk County, Massachusetts
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Norfolk County population
  • 1 room: 192
  • 2 rooms: 1,301
  • 3 rooms: 4,140
  • 4 rooms: 10,781
  • 5 rooms: 22,261
  • 6 rooms: 37,413
  • 7 rooms: 35,231
  • 8 rooms: 30,682
  • 9+ rooms: 31,412
  • 1 room: 3,480
  • 2 rooms: 9,304
  • 3 rooms: 19,411
  • 4 rooms: 19,710
  • 5 rooms: 12,344
  • 6 rooms: 6,639
  • 7 rooms: 2,448
  • 8 rooms: 1,179
  • 9+ rooms: 899
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Norfolk County, Massachusetts
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Norfolk County population
  • no bedroom: 381
  • 1 bedroom: 6,126
  • 2 bedrooms: 32,155
  • 3 bedrooms: 75,846
  • 4 bedrooms: 46,395
  • 5+ bedrooms: 12,510
  • no bedroom: 4,134
  • 1 bedroom: 29,721
  • 2 bedrooms: 28,310
  • 3 bedrooms: 10,201
  • 4 bedrooms: 2,512
  • 5+ bedrooms: 536
Cars and other vehicles available in Norfolk County, Massachusetts in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Norfolk County population
  • no vehicle: 6,704
  • 1 vehicle: 49,463
  • 2 vehicles: 86,801
  • 3 vehicles: 23,006
  • 4 vehicles: 5,741
  • 5+ vehicles: 1,698
  • no vehicle: 15,313
  • 1 vehicle: 39,237
  • 2 vehicles: 17,641
  • 3 vehicles: 2,353
  • 4 vehicles: 619
  • 5+ vehicles: 251

64% of Norfolk County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 48% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 64% lived in Massachusetts.

Norfolk County:

64.1%
State average:

60.6%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 445,929
  • Northeast: 75,707
  • Midwest: 18,459
  • South: 18,231
  • West: 9,770

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $230,100


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 0%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 0%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Norfolk County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (48.2%)
  • Utility gas (43.8%)
  • Electricity (6.4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (0.9%)
  • Utility gas (39.0%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (29.6%)
  • Electricity (28.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2.3%)
  • Other fuel (0.6%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 8,369
Here:

12.0%
Massachusetts:

10.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 5,825
Here:

17.2%
Massachusetts:

12.2%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 16,580
Here:

56.9%
Massachusetts:

48.2%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Norfolk County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Construction - General Public Buildings: $270,000
  • Current Operations - Correctional Institutions: $29,137,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $7,477,000
    General - Other: $5,709,000
    Central Staff Services: $5,242,000
    General Public Buildings: $2,808,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,451,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $938,000
    Regular Highways: $846,000
    Financial Administration: $474,000
  • Employee Retirement - Corporate Stocks: $226,964,000
    Corporate Bonds: $84,418,000
    Benefit Payments: $45,800,000
    Other Investments - Other: $44,406,000
    Withdrawals: $1,493,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $46,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Elementary and Secondary Education: $192,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $45,360,000

Norfolk County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $5,247,000
    Parks and Recreation: $992,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Lunch: $79,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Tuition and Transportation: $51,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education - Other: $4,000
  • Employee Retirement - Earnings on Investments (calculated): $492,714,000
    From Other Governments: $15,230,000
    Local Employee Contribution: $14,720,000
    From Parent Local Government: $6,198,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Education: $65,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $513,000
  • State Intergovernmental - All Other: $37,620,000
    Education: $1,168,000
  • Tax - Other Selective Sales: $4,685,000
    Property: $4,572,000

Norfolk County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,400,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,300,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $100,000

Norfolk County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Employee Retirement - Total Other Securities: $74,010,000
    Total Federal Securities: $63,602,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $16,746,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 9,635
  • Number of aged recipients: 3,226
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 6,409
  • Number of recipients under 18: 742
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 5,449
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 3,444
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 3,602
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 4,507
Norfolk County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Norfolk County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 121 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1,658$284,6595,113$324,73823,994$292,2991,163$174,93752$2,013,250631$287,15117$75,647
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED91$252,352306$335,5331,491$303,695104$81,5194$508,25049$223,6124$48,250
APPLICATIONS DENIED277$272,433665$285,3164,536$305,631316$133,5007$1,537,000253$246,3283$61,000
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN184$276,832679$331,5413,454$300,036150$199,2732$2,088,500120$244,3832$35,000
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS29$269,931165$319,9701,107$289,31666$184,2120$039$238,1280$0
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 118 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED574$299,092396$307,3180$0
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED182$310,505195$317,0212$223,000
APPLICATIONS DENIED123$284,691118$324,9831$413,000
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN42$325,35748$304,2712$268,500
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS18$314,8336$306,5000$0

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in Norfolk County, MA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary8,51881.6 years
John7,12274.7 years
William4,36474.6 years
Joseph3,79075.3 years
Margaret3,33081.5 years
James3,30573.7 years
Helen3,23981.6 years
Robert2,96670.6 years
George2,75376.1 years
Charles2,43576.1 years
Most common last names in Norfolk County, MA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith1,33577.8 years
Sullivan1,06877.3 years
Murphy89377.5 years
Johnson87679.4 years
Brown70477.2 years
Walsh58277.7 years
Mccarthy54777.9 years
Anderson54578.9 years
Obrien54076.3 years
White52777.3 years
Businesses in Norfolk County, MA
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven17Jones New York4
ALDO4Journeys3
AT&T11Justice3
Abercrombie & Fitch1KFC3
Abercrombie Kids1Kmart1
Ace Hardware10Kohl's1
Advance Auto Parts6LA Fitness1
Aeropostale3La-Z-Boy3
Aerosoles1Lane Bryant2
American Eagle Outfitters3Lane Furniture4
Ann Taylor6LensCrafters3
Apple Store2Levi Strauss & Co.2
Applebee's2Lowe's4
Ashley Furniture6Macy's1
Audi2Marriott9
AutoZone6Marshalls5
Avenue1MasterBrand Cabinets59
BMW1Mazda2
Bakers1McDonald's22
Banana Republic3Men's Wearhouse5
Barnes & Noble2Motel 61
Baskin-Robbins2Motherhood Maternity3
Bath & Body Works6New Balance9
Bebe2Nike21
Bed Bath & Beyond4Nissan2
Ben & Jerry's3Nordstrom1
Best Western1OfficeMax1
Blockbuster4Old Navy3
Brooks Brothers2Olive Garden2
Brookstone2Outback3
Budget Car Rental3Outback Steakhouse3
Burger King11Pac Sun2
CVS34Panda Express1
Cache1Panera Bread7
Casual Male XL2Papa John's Pizza2
Charlotte Russe1Payless4
Chevrolet3Penske6
Chico's3PetSmart1
Chipotle4Pier 1 Imports3
Circle K6Pizza Hut2
Clarks3Qdoba Mexican Grill2
Cold Stone Creamery2Quiznos1
Coldwater Creek1RadioShack5
Comfort Inn2Red Robin1
Costco2Rite Aid13
Cracker Barrel1Ruby Tuesday1
Crate & Barrel1Rue211
Curves3Ryder Rental & Truck Leasing1
DHL5Sears5
Dairy Queen4Sephora2
Decora Cabinetry18Shaw's14
Domino's Pizza8Sheraton1
DressBarn7Skechers USA1
Dressbarn6Soma Intimates1
Dunkin Donuts112Spencer Gifts1
Econo Lodge1Sprint Nextel10
Eddie Bauer1Staples9
Express3Starbucks19
Extended Stay America1Stop & Shop14
Famous Footwear2Subaru2
FedEx127Subway14
Finish Line1Super 81
Firestone Complete Auto Care2T-Mobile20
Foot Locker1T.G.I. Driday's4
Ford7T.J.Maxx6
Forever 211Taco Bell3
GNC7Talbots2
GameStop8Target3
Gap5The Cheesecake Factory1
Gymboree3The Limited1
H&M2The Room Place1
H&R Block18Toyota3
Hawthorn1Toys"R"Us5
Hilton4Trader Joe's1
Holiday Inn5True Value3
Hollister Co.2U-Haul21
Home Depot5UPS151
Honda2Urban Outfitters1
Hot Topic1Verizon Wireless9
Hyatt1Victoria's Secret2
Hyundai2Volkswagen3
IHOP3Walgreens19
IKEA1Walmart5
IZOD1Wendy's4
J. Jill2Wet Seal1
J.Crew4Whole Foods Market3
JoS. A. Bank3World Gym1
Johnny Rockets1YMCA5

Norfolk County on our top lists:

  • #7 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that visited a dentist within the past year"
  • #12 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents that keep firearms around their homes"
  • #13 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the best general health status score of residents (1-5), 3 years of data"
  • #18 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Nitrogen Dioxide air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
  • #25 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #25 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic adherents"
  • #25 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic adherents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #40 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest increase in the number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #62 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #63 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic congregations"
  • #68 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest ground withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #69 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest ground withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"
  • #75 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Orthodox adherents"
  • #75 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Orthodox adherents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #77 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest decrease in the number of births per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop 50,000+)"
  • #77 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Orthodox congregations"
  • #77 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Other congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #78 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Orthodox congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #81 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Other congregations"
  • #86 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that exercised in the past month"