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Norfolk, Nebraska

  •   State: 
    Madison County
      County FIPS: 
    42°01′41″N 97°25′45″W
      Area total: 
    18.37 sq mi (47.58 km²)
      Area land: 
    17.98 sq mi (46.56 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.39 sq mi (1.02 km²)
    1,532 ft (467 m)
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Norfolk, NE
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Norfolk, Madison County, Nebraska, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    1,388.16 residents per square mile of area (535.97/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
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Norfolk (or) is a city in Madison County, Nebraska, United States. It is 113 miles northwest of Omaha and 83 miles west of Sioux City at the intersection of U.S. Routes 81 and 275. The population was 24,210 at the 2010 census, making it the ninth-largest city in Nebraska. The original name of the colony was a variant of "North Fork", but accounts differ on the exact name: "Northfork",:32 "Nor'fork", and "Nordfork" are all suggested. The name was submitted to federal postal authorities, and at some point was transmuted to "Norfolk". Nebraskans typically pronounce it as "Norfork" (pronounced "Nor-fork"). In 1886 Norfolk's population reached 1000, make it a city of the second class. In 1900, the city had a population of 3,883, nearly quadruple its population of a decade earlier. In the 1910s, development began on the Meridian Highway as a direct northsouth route across the United States; the route of the highway ran through Norfolk. During World War II, Norfolk was a portion of the Strategic Network of Highways; as well as an auxiliary field for several auxiliary airports. Norfolk received a high priority for federal funds for materials and maintenance during the war. The city's school's field field was expanded and improved in 1942. The school's flying school was established in 1928. A municipal airport was built at the site of a municipal airport in Norfolk in the 1950s.


Norfolk is the primary city name, but also Hadar are acceptable city names or spellings. The official name is Norfolk, Nebraska. Norfolk is a city in Madison County, Nebraska. It is located on the Elkhorn River, near the junction of the North Fork and the Missouri. The city was founded in 1866 as a settlement by German Lutheran settlers. In 1900, the city had a population of 3,883, nearly quadruple its population of a decade earlier. In the early 1950s, commercial flight through the airport began. Norfolk is home to the Norfolk State Hospital, a 120-bed institution providing the initial phase of treatment to sex offenders. It also is the location of the Norfolk Regional Center, a regional center for mental health services. It was also the site of the first flying school in the U.S. during World War II. It has been home to a number of museums, including the National Museum of American History and the Nebraska Museum of Nature and Science, as well as the Norfolk Museum of Art and the University of Nebraska-Omaha. The Norfolk Museum is located in the city's historic downtown area, and is open to the public for guided tours of the museum and the museum. The museum is also home to an interpretive center for the history of the city and the state of Nebraska, which was established in the early 20th century. It opened in the mid-20th century as part of the National Gallery of Art, which is now located in downtown Norfolk. Norfolk also has its own museum of history, which dates back to the 17th century, and a museum of state history, also in the downtown area.


Norfolk is located at 42°142N 97°2601W (42.0283379, -97.4169964) The city has a total area of 10.78 square miles (27.92 km²) of which 10.69 square miles is land and 0.09 square miles are water. The city is located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. and has a population of 1,856,000 (1,732,000 in 2010). The city's population was 1,744,000 as of the 2010 Census. It is located on the Atlantic seaboard of New England and the West Coast of the United States. It has a latitude of 42.2 degrees north and a longitude of 97.0 degrees west. It was founded in 1788 and is one of the oldest cities in the state. The area was once known as "Norfolk, Virginia" and was the site of the first recorded European settlement in 1787. It became known as Norfolk, Virginia in the 18th century, when it became the first city to be officially admitted to the Union. The name Norfolk was first recorded in 1791. It means "Norwegian" in the local language. It also means "dweller" or "place of water" in English. The town's name is derived from the word "Norway", which means "sea" or "river" or "lake" and means "waterway".


As of the census of 2010, there were 24,210 people, 9,910 households, and 6,005 families living in the city. There were 10,625 housing units at an average density of 993.9 per square mile (383.7/km²) The racial makeup of the city was 88.0% White, 1.6% African American, 1%.4% Native American, 0.6%. Asian, 6.3% from other races, and 2.0%. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.1%. The median income for a household in theCity was $34,609. The per capita income for the city is $16,990. About 7.0 per cent of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.6 percent of those under age 18 and 12.2% of those age 65 or over. The median age in the City was 35.5 years, with 25.9% under the age of 18, 13.4 per cent from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 19.0 percent from 45 to 64, and 14.2 per cent who were 65 years of age or older. The city's population was 49.0 % male and 51.0 % female in the 2000 census. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 3.00. The population was 91.41 per cent White, and 1.16 per cent African American, 1.53 per cent Native American, 0.48 per cent Asian.


Norfolk is the principal retail center of northeastern Nebraska. Other significant elements of the local economy include agriculture, manufacturing, and services including education and health care. Wal-Mart, formerly known as Affiliated Foods Midwest, employs about 650 people in Norfolk. Faith Regional Health Services, a nonprofit with about 1,300 employees, and Norfolk Public Schools, with about 700, are other major employers in the city. The city is home to the University of Nebraska-Omaha, which has about 2,000 students. The university's business school has about 3,500 students, many of whom are employed by the school district. It is also home to a number of non-profit organizations, including the Norfolk School District and the Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce. The town is also the home of Nucor, which employs about 1200 people manufacturing steel products, and Covidien, which produces syringes and other medical supplies, and Wis-Pak, which makes soft drinks and other beverages. It also has a large number of other non-manufacturing commercial employers, such as Associated Wholesale Grocers, whose distribution center in Norfolk employs about650 people.


Norfolk has a single post-secondary educational institution, Northeast Community College. The Norfolk Public School District has an enrollment of over 4,000 students. There are seven elementary schools, six in Norfolk and one in the Woodland Park community; one preschool; one junior high school; and two high schools. St. Paul's Lutheran School is a Pre-K-8 school of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) in Norfolk. Keystone Christian Academy enrolled about 60 students in pre-school through twelfth grade until its closure in May 2019. Norfolk Catholic Schools operates a grade school and Norfolk Catholic High School, with a total enrollment of about 650. Two Lutheran elementary schools and a high school enroll a total of about 470 pupils. The city is home to the U.S. Air Force National Guard based in Norfolk, Wisconsin, which has a presence in the Norfolk Air Force Base and the Norfolk National Guard Base in the nearby town of Wausau. The Air Force base is one of the largest in the United States, with more than 2,000 personnel based in the city. The base is also home to a number of military bases, including the Air Force Reserve Base, the Air National Guard Station, and the Air Reserve Base in Wausausau, Wisconsin. It is the only base in the state with a base of that size, and is located in the heart of the city's downtown area. Norfolk has a population of over 2.5 million people, the majority of whom live in and around the Norfolk area.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Norfolk, Madison County, Nebraska = 87. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 50. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 80. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Norfolk = 4 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 15,583 individuals with a median age of 36.1 age the population dropped by -5.86% in Norfolk, Madison County, Nebraska population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 1,388.16 residents per square mile of area (535.97/km²). There are average 2.39 people per household in the 8,940 households with an average household income of $41,467 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 3.90% of the available work force and has dropped -5.11% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 25.88%. The number of physicians in Norfolk per 100,000 population = 207.8.


The annual rainfall in Norfolk = 25.4 inches and the annual snowfall = 29.9 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 90. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 224. 87 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 9 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 43, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Norfolk, Madison County, Nebraska which are owned by the occupant = 53.36%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 37 years with median home cost = $100,390 and home appreciation of 0.68%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $15.17 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $5,442 per student. There are 14.1 students for each teacher in the school, 239 students for each Librarian and 306 students for each Counselor. 9.84% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 13.62% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 5.51% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Norfolk's population in Madison County, Nebraska of 3,883 residents in 1900 has increased 4,01-fold to 15,583 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 51.03% female residents and 48.97% male residents live in Norfolk, Madison County, Nebraska.

    As of 2020 in Norfolk, Madison County, Nebraska are married and the remaining 43.80% are single population.

  • 14.3 minutes is the average time that residents in Norfolk require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    82.94% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 10.68% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.48% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 3.22% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Norfolk, Madison County, Nebraska, 53.36% are owner-occupied homes, another 35.24% are rented apartments, and the remaining 11.40% are vacant.

  • The 76.37% of the population in Norfolk, Madison County, Nebraska who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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