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 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 94.87% 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 (15.11%), teaching (11.60%), and healthcare (9.65%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.62% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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 there are quite a few people attending college in Newton, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, Newton provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.

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.

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.

If knowledge is power, Newton is a pretty powerful place. 75.92% 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 $64,475, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $257,900 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, English, Russian, and German.

Newton also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 20.94%.

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