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Overview

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

Demographics

People

Total Population88,317
Male Share of the Population47.3%
Female Share of the Population52.7%
Senior Citizens16.7%
Employed Population 16+43,803
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married55.2%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher76.7%
Median Earnings25+$73,707
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$27,404
Median Earnings With High School Degree$35,930

Wealth

Median Family Income$170,639
% Above Poverty Level95.6%
% Below Poverty Level4.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time28 minutes
% Working from Home9.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work6.9%
% Using Public Transportation11.7%

Housing

People Living Alone23.5%
Median Gross Rent$1,733
Median House Value$788,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)30.8%
Irish15.6%
Italian11.3%
Russian7.6%
German7.5%
English7.4%
Polish4.6%
French Except Basque2.8%
Scottish1.7%
Canadian1.5%
Greek1.1%
Lithuanian1.1%
Swedish1%
Ukrainian1%
African1%
Arab0.9%
Iranian0.9%
West Indian0.8%
Austrian0.7%
Dutch0.7%
Hungarian0.7%
Norwegian0.6%
Portuguese0.6%
US/American0.5%
Romanian0.4%
Israeli0.4%
Albanian0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Brazilian0.3%
Jamaican0.3%
Czech0.3%
Finnish0.3%
Cape Verdean0.2%
Ethiopian0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Turkish0.2%
Bulgarian0.2%
Syrian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Australian0.2%
Haitian0.2%
Belgian0.1%
Latvian0.1%
British0.1%
Bahamian0.1%
South African0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Macedonian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Ugandan0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
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Newton Almanac

CategoryValue
County Middlesex County
Standard Zip Codes2458, 2459, 2461, 2465, 2464, 2460, 2462
P.O. Box Zip Codes2495
Phone Area Codes617,857
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.35
Approximate Longitude-71.19

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)

StationBLUE HILL OBS MILTON
Distance9.6 miles
Jan Temp18 to 34 F
Apr Temp37 to 56 F
Jul Temp62 to 81 F
Oct Temp43 to 60 F
Annual Precip51.1 inches
StationBEDFORD
Distance10.8 miles
Jan Temp16 to 35 F
Apr Temp36 to 58 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp39 to 62 F
Annual Precip46.9 inches
StationWALPOLE 2
Distance12 miles
Jan Temp18 to 36 F
Apr Temp37 to 58 F
Jul Temp62 to 83 F
Oct Temp41 to 62 F
Annual Precip46.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Belmont25,555$141,106
Brookline59,180$142,301
Needham30,167$166,931
Waltham62,699$99,879
Wellesley28,909$200,817

Newton Public Libraries

Newton Free Library
330 HOMER STREET
Newton, Massachusetts
(617) 796-1360

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Newton Hospitals

Newton-wellesley Hospital
(Non-profit)
2014 Washington Street

Newton Public Schools

Bigelow Middle
42 Vernon St
ZIP: 2458
(617) 559-6800
Middle
Total Enrollment 503
Lincoln-eliot
191 Pearl Street
ZIP: 2458
(617) 559-9540
Primary
Total Enrollment 337
Underwood
101 Vernon Street
ZIP: 2458
(617) 559-9660
Primary
Total Enrollment 341
Oak Hill Middle
130 Wheeler Rd
ZIP: 2459
(617) 559-9200
Middle
Total Enrollment 632

Newton Private Schools

Jackson School
200 Jackson Rd
ZIP: 2458
Elementary
Total Enrollment 263
Mt Alvernia High School
790 Centre St
ZIP: 2458
Secondary
Total Enrollment 217
Newton Country Day School
785 Centre St
ZIP: 2458
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 406
Trinity Catholic High School
575 Washington St
ZIP: 2458
Secondary
Total Enrollment 192
Walnut Park Montessori
47 Walnut Park
ZIP: 2458
Elementary
Total Enrollment 44
Newton Montessori School
80 Crescent Ave
ZIP: 2459
Elementary
Total Enrollment 66
Sterling East-boston Campus
90 Wells Ave
ZIP: 2459
Secondary
Total Enrollment 10
Integrated Learning Academy-newton
109 Oak St
ZIP: 2464
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 8
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Historic Newton

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Charles River (Echo Bridge, Newton) between 1895 and 1910

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Charles River (Echo Bridge, Newton) between 1895 and 1910

Hemlock Gorge (Charles River, Newton) ca. 1900

Echo Bridge (Charles River, Newton) ca. 1900

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