Newton is a suburban city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. It is approximately seven miles west of downtown Boston and is bordered by Boston to the east. Rather than having a single city center, Newton is a patchwork of thirteen “villages”. Newton was settled in 1630 as part of “the newe towne”, which was renamed Cambridge in 1638. It became a city in 1873. There are several historical sites of interest in the Newton area. The total area of the town is 18.2 sq mi (47.1 km2).
The population was 85,146 at the 2010 United States Census, among which 79.6% were whites and 11.5% were Asians. The median age of the population is 40.5. For population 25 years and over in Newton, 68.0% has a bachelor’s degree or higher and 38.9% has a graduate or professional degree. The most common occupations for male are computer specialists (7%) , other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (7%) , physicians and surgeons (6%) and lawyers (6%) .
The median household income in Newton in 2009 was $108,686, and the median per capita income in 2009 was $56,326. The median Asian household income in Newton was $120,314 in 2009. 23% of Newton families had an annual income above $200,000, and 11% of families had an annual income between $150,000 to $200,000. The estimated median house or condo value in 2009 was $685,400. The criminal index in 2009 Newton was 94.9 (U.S. average: 319.1), which was pretty low.
Newton has 15 public elementary schools, 4 public middle schools and 2 public high schools. Brown Middle School and Oak Hill Middle School graduates go on to Newton South while Frank A. Day Middle School and Bigelow Middle School graduates go on to Newton North.According to the Massachusetts high school ranking conducted by Boston Magazine, Newton North High School was ranked 11th and Newton South High School is ranked 7th within Massachusetts in 2012.
Newton has consistently ranked as one of the best cities to live in the country. In August 2012, Money magazine named Newton the fourth best small city to live in America. Money also ranked Newton the number one place for the “Rich and Single” in August 2012.
Newton is served by three modes of mass transit run by the MBTA: light rail, commuter rail, and bus service. Newton’s proximity to Boston and easy commute, along with its good public schools and safe and quiet neighborhoods, make it a desirable community for those who commute to Boston.
Please download May 2018 Newton Market Report provided by The Greater Boston Association of Realtors.