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. 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 95.25% 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.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 9.58% 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.
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.
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.
In Newton, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.90 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. 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.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Newton's cultural character, accounting for 22.20% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Newton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.