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. 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 95.38% 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.

A relatively large number of people in Newton telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.55% 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, 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.

Because of many things, Newton is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Newton really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Newton perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

In Newton, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.20 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit. In addition, the city is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense 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.

In addition, Newton has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (21.71%).

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