Norfolk, MA, City and Higher Education Facts

Norfolk, Massachusetts, is a town just outside metropolitan Boston. It is close to a variety of schools offering vocational and career programs and undergraduate and graduate degrees. Read about its population, economy and school options below.

Information about Norfolk

Situated in the far southwestern corner of the Boston metropolitan area, Norfolk, Massachusetts, is a small town with a population of about 11,800 residents, based on U.S. census estimates for 2014. The town has a median family income of $143,682 per year, according to census data.

The local government of Norfolk depends on citizen involvement through town meetings. There are few cultural attractions in this mostly residential area, but the state capital of Boston, 25 miles to the northeast, is a cradle of American history. Major sights in the Boston area include Boston Harbor - site of the infamous Boston Tea Party - the Paul Revere House and the U.S.S. Constitution, the world's oldest floating commissioned vessel.

Higher Education

Norfolk doesn't have any colleges or universities, but it is located within 25 miles of 116 postsecondary institutions, including two schools that are about 4 miles away: Dean College and Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School, which offers certificate programs. Wellesley College, just 14 miles away, is a women's college that is part of the Seven Sisters Colleges. It was ranked 4th among liberal arts colleges in the U.S. in 2016, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Large universities near Norfolk include Boston University with about 32,000 students and Northeastern University with around 20,000 students, along with the University of Massachusetts-Boston, which has nearly 17,000 students. Boston College is within 20 miles of Norfolk and offers programs to about 14,300 students.

Additional 4-year schools near the city include Wheaton College, Babson College and Stonehill College along with Andover Newton Theological School. Students can also find vocational and community schools in this area, such as Southeastern Technical Institute and Massachusetts Bay Community College.

Economy and Employment

Norfolk is a town with well-educated residents who work largely in professional, scientific and technical services and transportation and warehousing, according to the 2012 Economic Census of the U.S; wholesale trade is another large industry. Because Norfolk has a relatively small industrial base and few employers by itself, a majority of local professionals commute to other cities and towns in Massachusetts for work. Nearby Boston is a major regional economic hub that has robust financial, insurance, education and transportation sectors.

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