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. Newton has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, 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.

Newton is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Newton’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

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 bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Newton area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Newton, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Newton is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 76.57% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 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.