Today we’re visiting Newton, Massachusetts with Mia of Pragmatic Mom! Here are three posts you should check out from Mia’s blog: 40+ book lists of multicultural books for children, a free kindergarten readiness printable, and this pretty autumn leaf project for kids!
I’ve lived in Newton, Massachusetts for nearly 10 years with my husband and three kids. It’s a suburb seven miles west of downtown Boston. Newton was created in 1630 when Cambridge, that city with Harvard and MIT, grew too large. Newton was originally called Newe Towne … because it was the new part of town of Cambridge. Eventually, the name morphed to Newton.
A BoxART in Newton.
Newton does not have a city center, instead it is a patchwork of thirteen “villages”. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the population of Newton was 85,146, making it the eleventh largest city in the state. My village is called Auburndale but my kids go to school in West Newton and West Newton Hills which is adjacent to Auburndale.
Schools My Kids Attend in Newton, MA
This is our elementary school. This is our middle school which is currently undergoing construction to add six classroom needed to keep up with surge of incoming 6th graders including my middle daughter. We hope they will be done by September! And this will be our high school. It was built a few years ago at a cost of nearly $200 million dollars!
Diversity in Newton
Newton has both ethnic and socio economic diversity making it unique among the western suburbs of Boston.
- White alone – 69,123 (81.4%)
- Asian alone – 8,543 (10.1%)
- Hispanic – 2,995 (3.5%)
- Black alone – 2,052 (2.4%)
- Two or more races – 1,434 (1.7%)
- Other race alone – 461 (0.5%)
- Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone – 153 (0.2%)
- American Indian alone – 34 (0.04%)
Famous Authors From Newton, MA
Newton has been home to many famous authors including:
and recent best sellers from …
This is Cold Spring Park where the murder in Defending Jacob takes place. It’s an off leash dog park.
Newton Home to Professional Athletes
Newton is home to many famous professional athletes over the years as well. You may recognize some of them! JD Drew of the Red Sox Ted Williams Larry Bird, former Boston Celtics basketball player Danny Ainge, Boston Celtics Taylor Twellman of the New England Revolution
Actors from Newton, MA
The list of actors from Newton is also surprising! They include … Matt Damon Bette Davis John Krasinski Matt LeBlanc Amy Poehler That’s the People Magazine version of Newton, MA. But what is it like to live here?
image from Geo Commons
Newton has a history of liberal politics that goes back centuries. Newton was a vibrant part of the Underground Railroad. Our museum, The Jackson Homestead, was one such stop. I learned from a school field trip that runaway slaves would hide in the basement of the Jackson Homestead in what appeared to be a covered shallow but dry well. We speculated that it was used as a root cellar. When it was safe, the slaves would be disguised and driven to a train station a few towns over to cross the border into Canada where they would be free.
Newton’s Historic Architecture
The Newton Centre playground was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted whose work included New York’s Central Park. H. H. Richardson designed the Baptist church below as well as the subway stations, some of which still survived today. His most famous work is Trinity Church in Copley Plaza, Boston.
Newton Centre Subway Station
Newton is home to three colleges: Boston College, Lasell College and Mount Ida College. It’s great to have these resources nearby. My kids play soccer on their fields, attend their sports camps, and many of their babysitters were from these colleges!
Lasell College in Newton, MA
Mount Ida College in Newton, MA (image from Wikimedia Commons)
Boston College in Newton, MA (image from Wikimedia Commons)
Boston Marathon Runs Through Newton
Have you heard of Heartbreak Hill? It’s considered the toughest leg of the Boston Marathon and it’s in Newton.
Heartbreak Hill begins at the bottom where Grant Ave crosses Commonwealth Ave and ends at the peak of the where Hammond St, Wachusetts and Woodchester meet and cross Commonwealth Ave.
Heartbreak Hill Statue (image Examiner)
I hope you enjoyed my tour of Newton, MA!
Thank you, Mia, for this post! I’m thinking my family needs to spend some time in Newton before we head West!