Newton is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 88,414 people and 18 constituent neighborhoods, Newton is the 11th largest community in Massachusetts. Newton has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.
Newton home prices are not only among the most expensive in Massachusetts, but Newton real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Newton is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 95.25% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Newton is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Newton who work in management occupations (17.63%), business and financial occupations (10.23%), and teaching (10.01%).
Also of interest is that Newton has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Newton has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.58% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Newton is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Newton enrolled in college, Newton has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.
Not only is Newton a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, shaping the character of the city into a place that is geared toward, and considered attractive to, many single, educated people. Many singles consider Newton a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.
Newton is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Newton’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
One downside of living in Newton, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.90 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of its neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot. In addition, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Newton is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the subway helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Newton area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Newton. 79.15% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.
The per capita income in Newton in 2018 was $73,101, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $292,404 for a family of four.
Newton is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Newton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Newton residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Newton include Irish, Italian, English, German, and Russian.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Newton's cultural character, accounting for 22.20% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Newton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.