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Norfolk, Nebraska - Basic Facts

The City of Norfolk is the 8th largest city in Nebraska with a population of 24,929 as of July 1, 2020. Norfolk ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Nebraska. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Norfolk is located at latitude 42.0283 and longitude -97.417 in Madison County. The formal boundaries for the City of Norfolk encompass a land area of 10.69 sq. miles and a water area of 0.09 sq. miles. Madison County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,522 feet.

The City of Norfolk (GNIS ID: 2395248) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Norfolk is located within , a minor civil division (MCD) of Madison County.


Norfolk, NE Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 24,929 (100%)
Population in Households 23,958 (96.1%)
Population in Families 18,298 (73.4%)
Population in Group Quarters1 971 ( 3.9%)
Population Density 2,197
Diversity Index2 47


Median Household Income $50,358
Average Household Income $64,856
% of Income for Mortgage4 12%
Per Capita Income $26,790
Wealth Index5 58


Total HU (Housing Units) 10,969 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 5,980 (54.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,306 (39.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 683 ( 6.2%)
Median Home Value $149,663
Average Home Value $176,521
Housing Affordability Index3 166


Total Households 10,286
Average Household Size 2.33
Family Households 6,172
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.27% 0.14%
Households 0.35% 0.22%
Families 0.25% 0.12%
Median Household Income   0.71%
Per Capita Income   1.79%
Owner Occupied HU   0.29%


Norfolk, NE - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Norfolk to the other 580 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Nebraska by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 8 99th
Population Density # 26 96th
Median Household Income # 399 31st
Housing Affordability Index # 194 33rd
Per Capita Income # 437 25th
Diversity Index # 40 93rd

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