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Newton, Massachusetts

Introduction to Newton, Massachusetts

The Massachusetts city of Newton is located in Middlesex County on the south bank of the Charles River, about 8 miles northwest of the state capital of Boston. The city is comprised of 13 "villages", each with its own distinct character and many containing their own small downtown areas. One of these (Chestnut Hill) is home to Boston College (BC). In addition to Boston, Newton is also bordered by Wellesley (to the west), Needham (to the southwest), Waltham (to the north), and Brookline (to the east).

Known as the Garden City, Newton was settled in 1630 as part of Cambridge (whose original name was "Newtowne"). In 1688, Newton separated from Cambridge and became known as Cambridge Village and later Newtown before finally becoming Newton in 1766. The establishment of Boston and Worcester Railroad depots in 1834 fostered Newton's growth as a suburb of Boston. Incorporated as a city in 1873, Newton today is known as a regional education center. In addition to Boston College, the city is also home to Andover Newton Theological School, Mount Ida College, and Pine Manor College. Major industries in the city include publishing, computer technology, and manufacturing of precision instruments and chemicals. The city is also the birthplace of the Fig Newton.

Arts, Culture, and Entertainment in Newton

Attractive to visitors and residents alike, Newton is a vibrant college community enjoying a close proximity to the Boston metropolitan area. The city is also rich in arts and culture, featuring two symphony orchestras, a large state-of-the-art public library, resident theatre groups and many artistic treasures. The Newton History Museum at the Jackson Homestead, built in 1809 as a farmhouse, served for a period of time as a stop on the Underground Railroad and is now a museum filled with paintings, manuscripts, photographs, maps and numerous historical artifacts. The New Repertory Theatre and Newton Country Players are local theater groups, and Broadway musicals are regularly performed at the Turtle Lane Playhouse. From July through October the city hosts a popular outdoor Farmer's Market.

Almost a stone's throw away from Newton is the thriving Boston-Cambridge area, home to a multitude of popular attractions. Among them are the following:

  • JFK Presidential Library and Museum
  • The Boston Children's Museum
  • The Freedom Trail
  • The Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Museum of Science (Cambridge)
  • Franklin Park Zoo
  • The Boston Pops
  • The Museum of Fine Arts
  • The Longfellow House (Cambridge)
  • Faneuil Hall
  • Paul Revere House
  • Prudential Center
  • New England Aquarium
  • Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology (Cambridge)
  • Old North Church
  • John Hancock Tower
  • Fenway Park (home of the Boston Red Sox)

The Boston College Eagles provide the city with plenty of first-rate collegiate sports action, competing in NCAA's Division I-A. Although a founding member of the Big East Conference, the Eagles left the Big East in 2005 to join the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) of which they are now a member for all sports supported by the ACC. BC athletes are among the most academically successful in the nation according to the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate (APR), which in 2006 ranked 14 of its sports in the top 10 percent of the nation academically. The BC football team was involved in one of the most memorable games in college football history, 1984's Orange Bowl game, when quarterback Doug Flutie's 48-yard Hail Mary pass completion to Gerard Phelan secured a last-minute 47-45 victory over Miami.

The city of Boston is home to the following professional sports teams, all of them of major league caliber:

  • Baseball: Boston Red Sox (MLB)
  • Football: New England Patriots (NFL) (Located in Foxboro, 30 miles to the southwest)
  • Soccer: New England Revolution (MLS) (Also located in Foxboro)
  • Hockey: Boston Bruins (NHL)
  • Basketball: Boston Celtics (NBA)
  • Lacrosse: Boston Cannons (MLL)
  • World Team Tennis (WTT): Boston Lobsters

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High Points

Newton strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Massachusetts):

Category Trophy
Well-Paid Single Women
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Top 1% trophy Newton Well-Paid Single Women
College Educated Adults
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Top 1% trophy Newton College Educated Adults
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Newton Low Property Crime
Well-Paid Single Men
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Top 2% trophy Newton Well-Paid Single Men
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Newton Median Family Income
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Newton Low Violent Crime
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Newton Public Transportation Use
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Newton People in Middle Class or Better
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. State)
Top 12% Newton Walking and Biking to Work
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 12% Newton Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Newton, Massachusetts

Comparing Newton to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Massachusetts (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).


The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Female Share of the Population 10 10
Age of the Population 9 6
Senior Citizens 8 7
Racial Diversity 4 9
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 3
Male Share of the Population 1 1

Families

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Portion of People Married 7 4
Average Household Size 5 4

Wealth

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
College Educated Adults 10 10
Median Family Income 10 10
People in Middle Class or Better 10 9
People Above Poverty 9 6

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Working at Home 10 9
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Walking and Biking to Work 8 9
Short Commute Times 4 7

Housing

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 6
People Living Alone 5 7
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 4 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 1
Affordability of Rents 1 1
Housing Recently Built 1 1

Crime

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Low Property Crime 10 7
Low Violent Crime 10 8

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Newton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 7 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Middlesex
Standard Zip Codes 02458, 02459, 02460, 02461, 02462, 02464, 02465, 02466, 02467, 02468
P.O. Box Zip Codes 02456, 02495
Phone Area Codes 617
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.336
Longitude -71.209

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 BLUE HILL OBS MILTON
Distance 9.6 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 34 F
Apr Temp 37 to 56 F
Jul Temp 62 to 81 F
Oct Temp 43 to 60 F
Annual Precip 51.1 inches
Station BEDFORD
Distance 10.8 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 35 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46.9 inches
Station WALPOLE 2
Distance 12 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 36 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46.5 inches
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Newton Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 83,829 100%
Male 38,951 46.5%
Female 44,878 53.5%
Under 18 17,811 21.2%
18+ 66,018 78.8%
65+ 12,640 15.1%
Median Age 38.7
Average Family Size 3.04
White 73,831 88.1%
African-American 1,653 2%
Asian 6,434 7.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 61 0.1%
Other 598 0.7%
Mixed Race 1,223 1.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 2,111 2.5%

Estimated Newton Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 83,158
Growth -671
Growth % -0.8%

Newton Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.5%
Irish 14.2%
Italian 12.1%
Russian 9.8%
English 6.7%
US/American 5.6%
German 5.1%
Polish 3.1%
Eastern European 2.5%
French (except Basque) 1.7%
Greek 1.6%
French Canadian 1.4%
European 1.3%
Ukrainian 1.2%
Scottish 1.2%
Swedish 1.1%
Armenian 0.8%
Canadian 0.8%
British 0.8%
Scotch-Irish 0.8%
Lithuanian 0.7%
Hungarian 0.6%
Israeli 0.6%
Iranian 0.5%
Portuguese 0.5%
Dutch 0.4%
Norwegian 0.4%
Austrian 0.4%
Romanian 0.4%
South African 0.3%
Lebanese 0.3%
Welsh 0.3%
Haitian 0.3%
Latvian 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
Albanian 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
Cape Verdean 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Auburndale (02466)
Boston College (02467)
Chestnut Hill (02467)
New Town (02456)
Newton Center (02459)
Newton Centre (02459)
Newton Highlands (02461)
Newton L F (02462)
Newton Lower Falls (02462)
Newton U F (02464)
Newton Upper Falls (02464)
Newtonville (02458, 02460, 02462)
Nonantum (02495)
Riverside (02458)
Waban (02468)
West Newton (02465)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Newton 83,829 $105,289
Belmont 24,194 $95,057
Brookline 57,107 $92,993
Needham 28,911 $107,570
Waltham 59,226 $64,595
Watertown 32,986 $67,441
Wellesley 26,613 $134,769

Newton Public Libraries

Library
Newton Free Library
330 HOMER STREET
Newton, Massachusetts
(617) 552-7145

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Newton Hospitals

NEWTON-WELLESLEY HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
2014 WASHINGTON STREET
(617) 243-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in Newton

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1154-1160 Boylston Street
Newton Center
70 Union Street
Newton Corner
259 Centre Street
Newton Lower Falls
2322 Washington Street
Newton Upper Falls
244 Needham Street
1269 Centre Street
16-18 Austin Street
474 Woodward Street
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360 LOWELL AVENUE
617-559-6200
Serves 2,137 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.6

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Serves 1,487 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.4

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1. Belmont, Massachusetts 92.6   25.8% 16.7% 63.1% 28 $95,057 5.8% 8.8% 24,194 4.4% 8.1 0.4% 1
2. Concord, Massachusetts 89.4   21.9% 16.5% 66.1% 30 $115,839 5.8% 8.4% 16,993 3.9% 7.8 0.9% 1
3. Tiburon, California 88   28.4% 16.5% 69.6% 34 $149,041 6% 9.1% 8,666 3.3% 14.7 2% 1
4. Lynbrook, New York 88   24.8% 17.7% 29.7% 35 $75,023 5.9% 7.9% 19,911 4.2% 8.4 0.5% 0.8
5. Los Gatos, California 87.5   30% 15.3% 58.9% 28 $119,194 5% 13.3% 28,592 4.3% 20 0.9% 1.1
6. San Anselmo, California 86.9   28.2% 11.3% 59% 33 $86,528 5.9% 8.4% 12,378 5.1% 21.1 0.6% 1.4
7. Shaker Heights, Ohio 86.3   30.3% 15.6% 61.7% 24 $85,893 6.2% 40.1% 29,405 6.9% 23.3 0.4% 1
8. Lake Oswego, Oregon 86.3   27.6% 11.4% 62% 23 $94,587 4.9% 8.9% 35,278 3.4% 18.9 0.8% 0.9
9. Amityville, New York 86   26.9% 17.5% 26.5% 34 $72,632 6% 15.7% 9,441 7.5% 15.6 0.8% 0.7
10. Beverly, Massachusetts 85.7   29.9% 15.6% 36.5% 27 $66,486 6.3% 4% 39,862 5.7% 15.6 0.8% 1.6
11. Canton, Massachusetts 85.7   25.4% 16.9% 44.7% 32 $82,904 6.3% 7.5% 20,775 3.4% 11.1 0.4% 1.7
12. Glen Cove, New York 85.6   24.1% 17.5% 27.9% 29 $63,021 6.2% 19.7% 26,622 9.1% 9 0.7% 1.4
13. Bainbridge Island, Washington 85.6   22.6% 12.8% 60.1% 45 $83,415 5.1% 7.1% 20,308 4.5% 15.9 2.9% 0.9
14. Wayne, New Jersey 85.1   20.2% 16.2% 41.5% 30 $95,114 6.1% 10% 54,069 2.8% 23.9 0.4% 0.6
15. Moraga, California 85   19.7% 15.8% 67.5% 36 $116,113 4% 18.9% 16,290 2.9% 14.2 0.5% 1
16. Moorestown, New Jersey 84.9   21% 16.4% 52.5% 27 $94,844 6.4% 10.8% 19,017 3.4% 22.9 0.5% 1.3
17. South Kingstown, Rhode Island 84.5   24.2% 11.6% 46.8% 24 $67,912 5.3% 8.9% 27,921 5.3% 12.3 15.3% 0.5
18. Dana Point, California 84.3   26.2% 13% 41% 30 $73,373 5.6% 12.8% 35,110 6.7% 16.5 4.6% 1.7
19. East Greenwich, Rhode Island 84.1   24.2% 13.6% 56.6% 24 $90,221 5.8% 4.4% 12,948 4.7% 10.8 0.8% 0.5
20. Orinda, California 84   16.3% 18.3% 73.9% 32 $132,531 5.4% 13.4% 17,599 1.9% 18.8 0.4% 0.7
21. Stoneham, Massachusetts 84   30% 18.5% 31.6% 27 $71,334 5.8% 5% 22,219 4.1% 17.6 0.6% 1.7
22. Florham Park, New Jersey 83.1   20.8% 20.4% 57.7% 28 $102,047 6.1% 6% 8,857 5.8% 13.1 0.5% 0.5
23. North Olmsted, Ohio 82.9   26.4% 15% 27.1% 25 $62,422 5.5% 6% 34,113 4.1% 14.7 0.4% 0.9
24. Cupertino, California 82.4   19.4% 11% 65.4% 27 $109,455 6.1% 49.9% 50,546 4.8% 19.5 0.4% 1.2
25. Chesterfield, Missouri 82.3   23.2% 14.7% 60.6% 25 $102,987 5.6% 8.7% 46,802 2.6% 19.6 0.7% 1
26. Barrington, Rhode Island 82   18.7% 14.7% 53.2% 25 $84,657 5.9% 3.6% 16,819 3.4% 17.3 1% 0.4
27. Shelton, Connecticut 81.7   21.7% 14.9% 29.9% 26 $75,523 6.2% 5.6% 38,101 3.2% 13.2 0.7% 0.8
28. Mount Laurel, New Jersey 81.6   28% 14.7% 42.1% 30 $76,288 6.1% 12.9% 40,221 3.1% 19.5 0.4% 1.1
29. Brecksville, Ohio 81.4   22.5% 18.1% 47.5% 26 $86,848 4.8% 5.1% 13,382 2.5% 5.5 0.6% 0.4
30. Farmington Hills, Michigan 81.3   29.6% 14.4% 47.9% 27 $88,138 6% 17.1% 82,111 4.1% 19.9 0.8% 1.8
31. Rancho Palos Verdes, California 80.9   16.9% 18.7% 58% 35 $105,586 4.9% 32.8% 41,145 2.9% 11.4 0.7% 1.4
32. Broadview Heights, Ohio 80.2   27.3% 15% 36.7% 27 $69,343 6.2% 5% 15,967 3.2% 6.8 0.6% 1.2
33. North Royalton, Ohio 79.7   26.6% 12% 29.4% 29 $69,983 5.4% 3.8% 28,648 2.3% 4.5 0.4% 0.9
34. Beverly Hills, Michigan 79.5   23.6% 19.1% 62.8% 24 $102,223 5.9% 6.8% 10,437 2.3% 11.3 0.5% 0.8
35. Georgetown, Texas 79.4   21.6% 17.7% 36.6% 27 $63,338 6.4% 14.6% 28,339 7.2% 22 0.6% 1.9
36. Laguna Hills, California 78.7   21.7% 12.2% 39.3% 29 $81,334 6.1% 23.2% 31,178 5% 24.4 0.4% 1.9
37. Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan 78.5   21.9% 18.2% 51.2% 25 $89,086 6% 3.7% 17,080 2.4% 10.8 0.4% 0.9
38. Sylvania, Ohio 77.9   26.2% 13.3% 43.3% 23 $73,947 6.2% 4.8% 18,670 4.2% 19.8 0.4% 0.1
39. Westerly, Rhode Island 76.7   29% 17% 24.6% 23 $53,165 6.2% 4.8% 22,966 6.7% 24.7 12.4% 1.1
40. Dover, New Hampshire 76.6   31.1% 13.7% 32.4% 23 $57,050 5.7% 5.5% 26,884 8.4% 23.4 0.6% 0.8
41. Westlake Village, California 76.5   19.9% 17.3% 51.4% 32 $109,310 4.5% 10.3% 8,368 2.5% 16.3 0.4% 1.7
42. Lake St. Louis, Missouri 74.8   20.7% 11.8% 37.7% 29 $80,700 5.6% 4.4% 10,169 3.9% 18.2 0.9% 0.7
43. Wilbraham, Massachusetts 74.6   17.8% 16.9% 44.4% 25 $73,825 5.6% 3.6% 13,473 5.1% 17.2 0.5% 0.9
44. Lakeway, Texas 73.7   16.5% 16.5% 56.6% 33 $94,266 5.7% 3.6% 8,002 3.1% 19.8 7.1% 1.9
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