Newton 87 Exceptional
Newton Livability #4 ranked city in Massachusetts#642 ranked city in the USARanks better than 97% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Newton Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Newton Cost of Living Cost of living is 45% higher than Massachusetts
19090% more expensive than the US average
13131% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Newton cost of living
A+ Newton Crime Total crime is 52% lower than Massachusetts
Total crime
76870% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 13170% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-1%Year over year crime is down
Newton crime
A+ Newton Employment Household income is 80% higher than Massachusetts
Median household income
$127,402130% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$66,047121% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%37% lower than the US average
Newton employment
D+ Newton Housing Home value is 131% higher than Massachusetts
Median home value
$788,500327% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,73383% higher than the US average
Home ownership
71%11% higher than the US average
Newton real estate or Newton rentals
A+ Newton Schools HS graduation rate is 10% higher than Massachusetts
High school grad. rates
96%16% higher than the US average
School test scores
81%64% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
11:132% lower than the US average
Newton K-12 schools
A+ Newton User Ratings There are a total of 6 ratings in Newton
Overall user rating
90% 6 total ratings
User reviews rating
90% 2 total reviews
User surveys rating
89% 4 total surveys
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Living in Newton, MA

Newton is a mid-sized city located in the state of Massachusetts. The city has a population of 88,317 residents. Newton has a population density of 4,953 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. According to the most recent Census, 78% of Newton residents are White, 14% Asian and 3% Black. Newton has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 86% of the population is classified as married and 52% have kids.

If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very discouraging task. However, it could also be a positive experience if you are willing to get to know the city before actually living in Newton, Massachusetts. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like education, employment, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Newton and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Newton to Massachusetts and the national average.

Using data and statistics Newton has received a livability score of 80/100. This score is ranked in the 93rd percentile when compared to all other cities. This is a great score, as Newton ranks well in multiple categories! Newton is also ranked in the top 10 percentile of all cities across the USA. Based on the scores for each individual category, Newton has received high marks for amenities (A+), crime (A+), education (A+) and employment (A+). On a more negative note, Newton does not have favorable scores for the following: cost of living (F) and weather (D-). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Newton, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Newton: La Residencia Spa, Charles River Canoe & Kayak, and Newton History Museum.

Low violent crime (murder, rape, robbery, assault) is a must for most people when searching for a new area to live. At 55 crimes per 100,000 residents, Newton has a violent crime rate that is far below the national average.

Knowing that the Newton schools rank highly for test scores plays an important factor in deciding if this area is the right place to live. The average school test scores are 81%, which is far higher than the national average.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Newton is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in Newton come in at $788,500, which is 131.2% higher than the Massachusetts average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Newton, the home price to income ratio is 6.2, which is 29.2% higher than the Massachusetts average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Newton were 9.2%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 8%.

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      Source: The Newton, MA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).