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Overview

Introduction to Newton, Iowa

Newton, Iowa, in Jasper county, is located 29 miles E of Des Moines, Iowa (center to center) and is 152 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska.

Newton History

Newton was established in 1850, and was incorporated in 1857. Originally Newton was a manufacturing community, and its growth happened from the washing machine industry. Newton gained national recognition when martial law was declared at the Maytag Washing Machine Company strike in 1938.

Newton and nearby Attractions

  • Newton Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
  • Newton Mall
  • Agnes Patterson Memorial Park
  • International Wrestling Institute & Museum
  • Jasper County Historical Museum

Things To Do In Newton

Tourists in Newton can pick up stuff from the Newton Mall. Visitors can also view the Jasper County Historical Museum as well as the International Wrestling Institute and Museum. There are several parks that can be seen including the Denniston Knolls Park, Agnes Patterson Memorial Park, Maytag Park, and the Thirty Acre Park. The Newton Arboretum and Botanical Garden is a place where tourists love to hang out. Iowa Sculpture Festival takes place in Newton during the month of June.

Newton Transportation

Des Moines International Airport is the nearest airport.

Newton Higher Education

The higher education institutes that the residents of Newton can attend include the Iowa State University, Drake University, Des Moines Community College, and Indian Hills Community College.

People

Total Population 15,147
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 19.8%
Employed Population 16+ 6,576
Age of the Population 43

Families

% of people married 45.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.9%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $65,179
% Above Poverty Level 86.5%
% Below Poverty Level 13.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.1%
% Using Public Transportation 1%

Housing

People Living Alone 32.3%
Median Gross Rent $672
Median House Value $95,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.6%
US/American 0%
English 10.1%
Irish 12.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Newton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 29 miles E of Des Moines, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 152 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska
County Jasper
Standard Zip Codes 50208
Phone Area Codes 641
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.699
Longitude -93.047

Newton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station NEWTON
Distance 1.4 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 29 F
Apr Temp 37 to 62 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 41 to 65 F
Annual Precip 34.4 inches
Station GRINNELL 3 SW
Distance 15.4 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 27 F
Apr Temp 34 to 59 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 37 to 63 F
Annual Precip 36 inches
Station MARSHALLTOWN
Distance 26.1 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 27 F
Apr Temp 37 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 36.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Newton, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Amboy (50208)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Baxter 929 $60,294
Colfax 1,848 $61,917
Kellogg 746 $63,182
Lambs Grove 196 $73,750

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Newton Public Libraries

Library
Newton Public Library
"100 N. 3RD AVE W., PO BOX 746"
Newton, Iowa
(641) 792-4108

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Newton Hospitals

SKIFF MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - Local)
204 NORTH FOURTH AVENUE EAST
(641) 792-1273
Emergency Service: Yes

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Newton High Schools

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NEWTON SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
800 E 4TH ST SO
641-792-5797
Serves 987 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.3

BASICS AND BEYOND ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL
600 N 2ND AVE WEST
641-791-0700
A Non-traditional School
Serves 89 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.7

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