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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population12,999
Male Share of the Population48.3%
Female Share of the Population51.7%
Senior Citizens16.2%
Employed Population 16+4,891
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married43.8%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher13.8%
Median Earnings25+$25,868
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$16,621
Median Earnings With High School Degree$20,810

Wealth

Median Family Income$38,661
% Above Poverty Level80.2%
% Below Poverty Level19.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home1.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.2%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone28.6%
Median Gross Rent$679
Median House Value$113,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)39.7%
German12.9%
Irish11%
English6.5%
Italian3.8%
Scottish1.7%
Dutch1.7%
French Except Basque1.1%
Polish1%
African0.4%
Swedish0.3%
Slovak0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Russian0.2%
Brazilian0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
Welsh0.2%
Bahamian0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Arab0.1%
Norwegian0.1%
Cape Verdean0.1%
Swiss0.1%
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Newton Almanac

CategoryValue
County Catawba County
Standard Zip Codes28658
Phone Area Codes704,828,980
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude35.66
Approximate Longitude-81.21

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)

StationHICKORY RGNL AP
Distance10.1 miles
Jan Temp29 to 49 F
Apr Temp46 to 70 F
Jul Temp68 to 88 F
Oct Temp48 to 71 F
Annual Precip48.9 inches
StationLENOIR
Distance24.4 miles
Jan Temp26 to 48 F
Apr Temp42 to 70 F
Jul Temp65 to 88 F
Oct Temp44 to 71 F
Annual Precip49.2 inches
StationMORGANTON
Distance25.4 miles
Jan Temp25 to 49 F
Apr Temp43 to 70 F
Jul Temp65 to 89 F
Oct Temp44 to 71 F
Annual Precip49.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Catawba600$59,773
Claremont1,455$66,792
Conover8,263$53,404
Hickory40,274$55,213
Long View5,071$38,094
Maiden3,373$53,833

Newton Public Libraries

Catawba County Library
115 W C ST
Newton, North Carolina
(828) 465-8660

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Newton Public Schools

Balls Creek Elementary
2620 Balls Creek Road
ZIP: 28658
(828) 464-4766
Primary
Total Enrollment 612
Blackburn Elementary
4377 W Nc 10 Hwy
ZIP: 28658
(704) 462-1344
Primary
Total Enrollment 693
Discovery High School
301 West 18th St
ZIP: 28658
(828) 466-5581
High
Total Enrollment 224
Fred T Foard High
3407 Plateau Road
ZIP: 28658
(704) 462-1496
High
Total Enrollment 1025
Jacobs Fork Middle
3431 Plateau Road
ZIP: 28658
(704) 462-1827
Middle
Total Enrollment 505
Newton-conover High
338 W 15th Street
ZIP: 28658
(828) 465-0920
High
Total Enrollment 811
North Newton Elementary
221 West 26th St
ZIP: 28658
(828) 464-2631
Primary
Total Enrollment 489
South Newton Elementary
306 West I Street
ZIP: 28658
(828) 464-4061
Primary
Total Enrollment 356
Startown Elementary
4119 Startown Road
ZIP: 28658
(828) 464-1257
Primary
Total Enrollment 535

Newton Private Schools

Montessor At Sandy Ford
2931 Sandy Ford Rd
ZIP: 28658
Elementary
Total Enrollment 36
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