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Norfolk, Massachusetts

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Welcome to Norfolk ...

Norfolk is located in Norfolk County<1>.

When the people of Norfolk refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Norfolkian<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Norfolk has a population of 11,961 people<3> (see below for details).

Norfolk was settled in 1795 and was incorporated in 1870.

Norfolk is 200 feet [61 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Norfolk lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Telephone area codes for Norfolk: (508) and (774)<5>

The ZIP code for Norfolk: 02056<6>

Websites for Norfolk ...

Official Website:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Norfolk had an population of 11,961 people. This is an increase of 6.54% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 14.35% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Norfolk had a population of 11,227 people. This makes Norfolk the county's 21st most populous community.

The population of Norfolk represents 0.17% of the population of Massachusetts (which has 6,547,629 people), making it the state's 167th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 11,227 people, the population of Norfolk increased 7.33% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 10,460 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Norfolk.

Communities Also Named Norfolk ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 15 communities that are also named Norfolk - they are located in Colorado, Connecticut, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Ontario, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas and Virginia.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Norfolk.

Communities near Norfolk ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Norfolk.

  • Brockton [Plymouth County]
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    • Brockton [Plymouth County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<7> to the east of Norfolk
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 95,770 people
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  • Quincy [Norfolk County]
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    • Quincy [Norfolk County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<7> to the northeast of Norfolk
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 94,421 people
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  • Newton [Middlesex County]
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    • Newton [Middlesex County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<7> to the north of Norfolk
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 87,803 people
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  • Framingham [Middlesex County]
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    • Framingham [Middlesex County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<7> to the northwest of Norfolk
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 73,892 people
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    • Pawtucket [Providence County]
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      • Pawtucket [Providence County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<7> to the south of Norfolk
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 71,710 people
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    • Waltham [Middlesex County]
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      • Waltham [Middlesex County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<7> to the north of Norfolk
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 62,069 people
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    • Brookline [Norfolk County]
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      • Brookline [Norfolk County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<7> to the northeast of Norfolk
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 59,022 people
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    • Taunton [Bristol County]
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      • Taunton [Bristol County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<7> to the southeast of Norfolk
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 57,675 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Taunton have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Attleboro [Bristol County]
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      • Attleboro [Bristol County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<7> to the south of Norfolk
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 45,444 people
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    • Woonsocket [Providence County]
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      • Woonsocket [Providence County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<7> to the southwest of Norfolk
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 41,545 people
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To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Norfolk. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Norfolk.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Norfolk. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Norfolk.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Norfolk. See our Newspapers Page for Norfolk.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Norfolk ...

Looking for more information about Norfolk? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

While we are unaware of a Tourism page that is specific to Norfolk, there are neighboring communities that do have Tourism pages. A map of those communities can be found with our TripAdvisor Page for Norfolk.

Adding Norfolk to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Norfolk in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Norfolk was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Norfolk on a map titled George#&160;F. Cram Map (1901).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Norfolk on our Genealogy Page.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Massachusetts

About Norfolk County

About Massachusetts

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Norfolk:

The official website for Norfolk County:

The official website for State of Massachusetts:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Massachusetts' counties, including Norfolk, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Norfolk refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a community's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Norfolk may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Norfolk.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Norfolk - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Area code (774) is an overlay for area code (508).
<6>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a community (such as Norfolk). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Norfolk or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<7>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Norfolk) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Norfolk. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from NorfolkOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Norfolk. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.1197, Longitude: -71.3251    
<8>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






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