Our immigrant founders wanted to call the place Nordfork, a German-styled compounding of “North Fork” – as in the North Fork of the Elkhorn River, on the banks of which the community was born. The spelling, however, got lost in translation and came back “Norfolk” - as in England, or Virginia. They lived with it, but residents still pronounce the “fork” part to this day.
Since inception, Norfolk has done things its own way, having to try a bit harder without the luxuries of an interstate system or nearby metro. A spirit of self-determination fueled the community’s growth; in time it became the trade and commerce center of northeast Nebraska and, today, is one of Nebraska's largest cities.
And we’re forging a new path into the future. Norfolk’s on the move, driven by growth that prioritizes enhanced quality of life, natural resource-based amenities, an eclectic and evolving downtown district, safe neighborhoods, good schools, and work opportunities rooted in the new economy.
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