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Northfield, Minnesota - Basic Facts

The City of Northfield had a population of 20,348 as of July 1, 2016. Northfield ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Minnesota. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Northfield is located at latitude 44.4556 and longitude -93.1703 in Rice County. The formal boundaries for the City of Northfield (see map below) encompass a land area of 8.5 sq. miles and a water area of 0.03 sq. miles. Rice County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 912 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Northfield are located in Rice County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Dakota County.

The City of Northfield (GNIS ID: 2395265) 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.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Northfield population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Northfield: City of Northfield.

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Northfield, MN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 20,348
Population in Households 15,830
Population in Familes 12,430
Population in Group Qrtrs 4,518
Population Density1 2,393
Diversity Index2 35


Total Households 6,476
Average Household Size 2.44
Family Households 4,133
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 7,088 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,485 (63.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,990 (28.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 612 ( 8.6%)
Median Home Value $229,536
Average Home Value $245,022


Median Household Income $66,491
Average Household Income $82,719
Per Capita Income $28,448
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.37% 0.33%
Households 0.65% 0.54%
Families 0.93% 0.5%
Median Household Income   2.22%
Per Capita Income   1.61%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race 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.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Northfield, MN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Northfield to the other 905 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Minnesota by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 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 # 56 94th
Population Density1 # 45 95th
Diversity Index2 # 122 87th
Median Household Income # 155 83rd
Per Capita Income # 382 58th

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