Newton Community Guide

an overhead view of a residential neighborhood

County: Middlesex

Area: 17.8 square miles

Population: 87,455

Demographics: The breakdown of racial and ethnic groups are: White (67%), Asian (14%), Mixed-Race (9%), and Black (3%). The median age is 39.1 years, and the median household income is $183,208 (2020).

Brief History: Newton was incorporated as a separate town in 1681, known as Cambridge Village, then renamed Newton in 1766. It became a city in 1874 and is known as the Garden City. The Boston and Worcester Railroad was one of America's earliest and contributed to Newton's transition to one of the first commuter suburbs in America.

Historic Sites & Cultural Places of Interest: Jackson Homestead and Museum with permanent and rotating exhibits about the history of Newton. The Jackson Homestead was a stop on the Underground Railroad. Built in 1734, the Durant-Kerick House and Grounds Museum explores the lives and contributions of three families over three centuries.

Amenities: There are several popular shopping districts or plazas in Newton, most prominently indoor shopping center Shops at Chestnut Hill and outdoor shopping center The Street Chestnut Hill. If you're looking for culinary experiences, luxury shopping, or movie night, these centers will keep you coming back time and again. Other shopping areas to note are Newton Centre, Newton Highlands, and the Needham Street shopping corridor. Newton is also in close proximity to major area medical centers and hospitals.

Parks and Recreation: Newton, known as the Garden City, has numerous parks and green spaces including: Hammond Pond Reservation, Chestnut Hill Reservation, Bullough's Pond Park, Cabot Park, Cold Spring Park, Crystal Lake Park, and Waban Hill Reservoir.

Public Transportation: Several commuter options exist for Newton residents including MBTA tram lines, commuter rail service, and various bus lines.

Education: Newton's public school system is highly ranked nationally, and the city has two public high schools: Newton South and Newton North. Read about private pre-K schools including Chestnut Hill SchoolDexter SouthfieldBeaver Country Day School, and Brimmer and May, or our top-tier higher educational institutions such as Boston College, University of Boston, and more here.

Discover What Newton has to Offer

Newton is a popular commuter city west of Brookline and Boston that offers fabulous green spaces, great shopping and dining, excellent educational options, and convenient commutes throughout the greater Boston area. Read more about the area's vibrant shopping and dining scene and check out the area's top schools and academic institutions here!

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