Newton, MA
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Newton is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 88,817 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 95.11% 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 (16.46%), teaching (11.07%), and healthcare (9.61%).

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.

Of important note, Newton is also a city of artists. Newton has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Newton’s character.

A relatively large number of people in Newton telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.96% 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.

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.

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 bus. For Newton, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Newton. 76.57% 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 2010 was $64,917, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $259,668 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 Italian, Russian, German, and English.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Newton's cultural character, accounting for 21.88% of the city’s population.

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