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Encyclopedia > Norfolk, Massachusetts
Norfolk, Massachusetts
Location in Norfolk County in Massachusetts
Coordinates: 42°07′10″N 71°19′32″W / 42.11944, -71.32556
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Norfolk
Settled 1795
Incorporated 1870
Government
 - Type Open town meeting
Area
 - Total 15.2 sq mi (39.3 km²)
 - Land 14.8 sq mi (38.4 km²)
 - Water 0.4 sq mi (0.9 km²)
Elevation 212 ft (65 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 10,460
 - Density 705.1/sq mi (272.2/km²)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 02056
Area code(s) 508 / 774
FIPS code 25-46050
GNIS feature ID 0618326
Website: http://www.town.norfolk.ma.us/

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History

Norfolk was first settled in 1793 and was officially incorporated in 1870. It started out as land owned by King Philip; hence the names of the middle and high schools. The town was settled in 1793 but did not gain momentum until a minister, Rev. David Avery, was kicked out of neighboring Wrentham. He and his followers flocked to Norfolk, where others soon followed. Year 1793 (MDCCXCIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 11-day slower Julian calendar). ... 1870 (MDCCCLXX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Metacomet (died August 12, 1676), also known as King Philip or Metacom, was a war chief or sachem of the Wampanoag Indians and their leader in King Philips War. ...


Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 39.3 km² (15.2 mi²). 38.4 km² (14.8 mi²) of it is land and 0.9 km² (0.3 mi²) of it (2.30%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 10,460 people, 2,818 households, and 2,412 families residing in the town. The population density was 272.1/km² (705.1/mi²). There were 2,861 housing units at an average density of 74.4/km² (192.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 88.97% White, 4.90% African American, 0.31% Native American, 1.18% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 3.43% from other races, and 1.20% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.88% of the population. Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The following is a list of sources used in the creation of encyclopedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 2,818 households out of which 50.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 78.1% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.4% were non-families. 10.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.08 and the average family size was 3.36. Marriage is an interpersonal relationship with governmental, social, or religious recognition, usually intimate and sexual, and often created as a contract, or through civil process. ...


In the town the population was spread out with 27.2% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 36.9% from 25 to 44, 25.8% from 45 to 64, and 5.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 142.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 157.3 males.


The median income for a household in the town was $86,153, and the median income for a family was $92,001. Males had a median income of $60,926 versus $40,825 for females. The per capita income for the town was $32,454. About 0.8% of families and 1.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.2% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Education

As of 2006, there are three public schools located within the town. They are the H. Olive Day Elementary School, the Freeman-Centennial Elementary School, and King Philip Regional Middle School. Students go on to attend King Philip Regional High School in Wrentham, MA or, specialty high schools such as Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School in Franklin, MA and Norfolk County Agricultural High School in Walpole, MA. A new public library building recently opened on town hill. Library web page: http://library.virtualnorfolk.org/public_documents/index . Town web cam: http://www.norfolknet.com/norfolk/libcam.html H. Olive Day Elementary School is a grade school in Massachusetts drawing students from Norfolk. ... Freeman-Centennial Elementary School is a grade school in Massachusetts drawing students from Norfolk. ... King Philip Regional Middle School is a middle school in Massachusetts drawing students from Norfolk, Plainville, and Wrentham. ... King Philip Regional High School is a regional high school in Massachusetts drawing students from three towns: Wrentham, Norfolk and Plainville. ... Wrentham is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States. ... Tri-County is a technical high school located in Franklin, MA. // As a regional high school, Tri-County accepts students from a number of towns. ... Franklin is a city located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. ... Walpole is a town located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. ...


Transportation

The Norfolk Airpark is in Norfolk.


Media

The Norfolk Boomerang is Norfolk's weekly newspaper that was established in 2005. It is independently owned and operated. It is published on Fridays and is for sale in stores and by subscription. It is the only media source that focuses on Norfolk and Norfolk only. The newspaper's website is http://www.norfolkboomerang.com.


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