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Northfield, Minnesota - Basic Facts

The City of Northfield had a population of 20,616 as of July 1, 2018. 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Northfield: City of Northfield.

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Northfield, MN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 20,616
Population in Households 16,105
Population in Familes 12,566
Population in Group Qrtrs 4,511
Population Density2 2,425
Diversity Index3 36


Median Household Income $71,253
Average Household Income $88,757
Per Capita Income $30,284


Total Housing Units 7,094 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,536 (63.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,011 (28.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 546 ( 7.7%)
Median Home Value $250,537
Average Home Value $252,997


Total Households 6,548
Average Household Size 2.46
Family Households 4,164
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. 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 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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.44% 0.5%
Households 0.63% 0.67%
Families 0.79% 0.61%
Median Household Income   1.97%
Per Capita Income   2.32%

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, 2018 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 # 55 94th
Population Density # 47 95th
Diversity Index # 126 86th
Median Household Income # 160 82nd
Per Capita Income # 396 56th

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