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. Much of the housing stock in Newton was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
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.
A relatively large number of people in Newton telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.58% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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 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.
If knowledge is power, Newton is a pretty powerful place. 79.15% 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 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.
Newton also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 22.20%.
The most common language spoken in Newton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.