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About Newton

 Located in the Boston suburbs, 7 miles from the city, Newton is a place with beautiful parks and trails, great shopping and food scene, and some of the most wonderful people. Newton has a population of around 89,000 spread over 13 villages, access to many forms of public transportation, and some of the best schools in the state. This, on top of the many businesses that provide great services to the surrounding community, makes Newton a great place to live, work, and play.

Brief History

Incorporated in 1681 as Cambridge Village, and later renamed Newton in 1766, this city has a rich history. The up and coming economy of the area during the 18th and 19th centuries were fueled using the Newton upper and lower falls as power for use in water mills. The Jackson Homestead, now the home of the Newton History Museum, was a stop on the infamous Underground Railroad, which helped free slaves from the south and bring them north to freedom. Newton has also been known as one of the first commuter suburbs of Boston. Over time, Newton has continued to grow as one of the economic powerhouses of the Boston suburbs.

Getting to & Around Newton

The city of Newton is the crossroad of many forms of public transport and Highways. I-95 and I-90, also known as the Mass Pike, intersect many parts of Newton. The MBTA also provides many forms of public transport including the commuter rail, many sections of the green line, and various bus routes. When in Newton, there are many different areas with shops, restaurants, and activities including Needham Street and Newton Centre. Public parking information and many other areas are available here.

Climate of Newton

  • Avg. Rainfall: 48 in.
  • Avg. Snowfall: 50 in.
  • Avg. July high: 82.8°
  • Avg. January low: 17.8°

Interesting Facts about Newton

  • The popular fig snack Fig Newton was named after the town
  • The nickname for Newton is “The Garden City” because of its abundance of trees and greenery.
  • The Boston marathon route runs through Boston, and the famed “Heartbreak Hill” is in Newton.



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