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Newton, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The City of Newton is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Middlesex County at latitude 42.3319 and longitude -71.2084. Middlesex County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 98 feet.

The formal official name is the City of Newton, but most people and references simply refer to it as Newton, Massachusetts.

The P1 Census Class Code for Newton indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The formal boundaries for the City of Newton (see map below) encompass a land area of 17.84 sq. miles and a water area of 0.33 sq. miles.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Newton: Cambridge, New Towne, Nonantum.

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Newton, MA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 85,974
Population in Households 78,740
Population in Familes 64,020
Population in Group Qrtrs 7,234
Population Density1 4,820
Diversity Index2 40


Total Households 31,546
Average Household Size 2.5
Family Households 21,162
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 33,133 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 21,759 (65.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 9,787 (29.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,587 ( 4.8%)
Median Home Value $733,652
Average Home Value $790,943


Median Household Income $118,133
Average Household Income $157,690
Per Capita Income $58,085
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.23% 0.54%
Households 0.28% 0.6%
Families 0.22% 0.58%
Median Household Income   4.5%
Per Capita Income   4.0%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Newton, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Newton to the other 244 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Massachusetts by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 11 96th
Population Density1 # 25 90th
Diversity Index2 # 45 82nd
Median Household Income # 14 95th
Per Capita Income # 14 95th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Massachusetts Census Data Comparison Tool.