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Overview

Introduction to Newton, North Carolina

Newton, North Carolina, in Catawba county, is 28 miles N of Gastonia, North Carolina (center to center) and 37 miles NW of Charlotte, North Carolina.The city is in the Hickory - Morganton - Lenoir area.

Newton History

In 1845, Newton became the county seat of Catawba County, which was founded in 1842. The city was officially incorporated in 1855. It was named in honor of Isaac Newton Wilson, son of the legislator who proposed the bill to establish Catawba County. The city was selected as a finalist by the National League of Cities and CH2M HILL for the Awards for Municipal Excellence in 2006.

Newton and nearby Attractions

  • Catawba County Museum of History
  • Ice Castle Skating Rink
  • Hickory Museum of Art
  • Lake Norman State Park
  • Historic Rural Hill Farm

Things To Do In Newton

Newton is home to the Catawba County Museum of History. The city also has a number of parks and playgrounds such as Southside Park, Little Brook Park, Saint Paul’s Memorial Park, East Park, and Jacob Fork Park. It is also worth visiting Beach Bingo and Amusement Park. Newton has several churches including Old Saint Paul’s Church, Zion Church, and North Newton Church.

Newton Transportation

Hickory Regional Airport is close to the city.

Newton Higher Education

Opportunities for higher education are offered by various universities and colleges including Catawba Valley Community College, Winthrop University, and Gaston College.

People

Total Population 12,980
Male Share of the Population 46.8%
Female Share of the Population 53.2%
Senior Citizens 16.7%
Employed Population 16+ 4,603
Age of the Population 39

Families

% of people married 43.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $38,683
% Above Poverty Level 76.2%
% Below Poverty Level 23.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.3%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 30.2%
Median Gross Rent $652
Median House Value $110,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 41.5%
US/American 0%
English 6.5%
Irish 11.1%

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

Newton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 28 miles N of Gastonia, North Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 37 miles NW of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Catawba
Metro Area Hickory - Morganton - Lenoir
Standard Zip Codes 28658
Phone Area Codes 828
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.669
Longitude -81.221

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 HICKORY RGNL AP
Distance 10.1 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 49 F
Apr Temp 46 to 70 F
Jul Temp 68 to 88 F
Oct Temp 48 to 71 F
Annual Precip 48.9 inches
Station LENOIR
Distance 24.4 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 48 F
Apr Temp 42 to 70 F
Jul Temp 65 to 88 F
Oct Temp 44 to 71 F
Annual Precip 49.2 inches
Station MORGANTON
Distance 25.4 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 49 F
Apr Temp 43 to 70 F
Jul Temp 65 to 89 F
Oct Temp 44 to 71 F
Annual Precip 49.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Blackburn (28658)

Drums Crossroads (28658)

Duan (28658)

Olivers Crossroads (28658)

Propst Crossroads (28658)

South Newton (28658)

Startown (28658)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Catawba 688 $59,886
Claremont 1,394 $63,281
Conover 8,221 $47,075
Hickory 40,172 $55,128
Long View 5,050 $36,522
Maiden 3,346 $52,023

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

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Catawba County Library
115 WEST C STREET
Newton, North Carolina
(828) 465-8290
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Serves 1,222 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.5

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338 W 15TH STREET
828-465-0920
Serves 825 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.5

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