North Newton is a very small city located in the state of Kansas. With a population of 1,788 people and just one neighborhood, North Newton is the 138th largest community in Kansas.
Occupations and Workforce
North Newton is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.52% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, North Newton is a city of professionals, service providers and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in North Newton who work in teaching (12.33%), management occupations (10.71%) and office and administrative support (10.48%).
Of important note, North Newton is also a city of artists. North Newton has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape North Newton’s character.
Also of interest is that North Newton has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 17.65% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.
Setting & Lifestyle
North Newton is a small town with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped North Newton to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.
A large number of seniors call North Newton home: people 65 and over are 33.20% of the population. Because of the prominence of the retirement community, this is good place for the over-65 crowd to settle, as many of the city’s services and social community are geared to this demographic.
For a small city, there is also a high proportion of single, often educated, people living in North Newton. This is not typical for smaller communities in America, and adds a feeling of vibrancy to North Newton.
Overall, North Newton’s crime rate is one of the lowest in the nation, which makes a great place to live if safety is an important concern.
One of the benefits of North Newton is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.29 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.