Newton, MA
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Newton is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 88,994 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 95.38% 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 (17.50%), teaching (11.06%), and healthcare (9.97%).

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: 9.55% 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.

In addition, Newton is a college town. There are a lot of students in Newton attending college, and as a result Newton provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to 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, creating a decent-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

Because of many things, Newton is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Newton a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Newton has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Newton’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

One downside of living in Newton is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Newton, the average commute to work is 30.20 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of Newton’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Newton is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the subway. For Newton, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

If knowledge is power, Newton is a pretty powerful place. 77.25% of the adults in Newton have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Newton in 2010 was $68,155, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $272,620 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 21.71% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Newton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.