Welcome to Alarm New England's business and home security page for Newton, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Newton.
Population: 89,045 (2016)
Number of Households: 31,139
ZIP Codes: 02445, 02446, 02447, 02467
Consistently rated one of the best small towns to live in in the U.S., Newton excels in public safety. The total crime rate is 8.32 per 1,000 residents, lower than 75% of the U.S. Violent crime is extremely rare, with a rate of 0.65 per 1,000. All in all, as a neighbor of one of America’s major cities, Newton is a remarkably safe place to live and visit.
A affluent town of 87,000 people, Newton, Massachusetts sits just east of Boston, where urban sprawl gives way to a less dense variety of suburbs. In an accidental nod to Rome, its topography features seven hills surrounding the city. The Newton area is peppered by lakes that served as an early source of “comfort and wealth” for residents who benefited from a steady supply of ice, a hard-to-come-by luxury before modern refrigeration, and now provide pleasant recreation opportunities.
“No finer territory can be found,” boasted Samuel Francis Smith in 1880, “than Newton’s charming landscapes and pleasant avenues.”
The advent of the Boston and Worcester Railroad, one of the country’s oldest, positioned Newton as an ideal commuting suburb for wealthy Bostonians in the late 19th century. This was further accelerated by the addition of streetcar lines and, later, the increased accessibility and affordability of automobiles and migration of middle-class workers to the suburbs. While its history is intimately tied up with the development of its larger neighbor, present-day Newton has a robust economy of its own. Today, most of Newton’s residents actually work closer to home, with several educational and health institutions including Boston College as major employers.
Newton’s small-town appeal is enhanced by the town’s unique organization; rather than having one central district, Newton is informally subdivided into thirteen “villages,” each with their own cluster of shops and businesses. Although they play no formal, legal role, the villages impart a singular charm. Visitors to Newton will enjoy strolling the quaint village squares and parks and exploring the town’s rich history and well-preserved architecture.
The Jackson Homestead and Museum is particularly notable as a stop on the Underground Railroad. In the decades leading up to the Civil War, William Jackson, working with other abolitionists, opened his home to slaves fleeing the South as they made their way to safety via a network of supporters. The homestead remained in the family until it was donated to the City of Newton in the 1950s, and as of 2000 it’s featured as a stop on the National Underground Railroad Millennium Trail. Guests can view exhibits on town history, the abolitionist movement, and daily life in the early 19th century.
Fans of historic cemeteries shouldn’t miss a stroll through the East Parish Burial Ground, the oldest of Newton’s three historic graveyards. The oldest grave marker there dates back to 1672, belonging to the mother of the town’s first mayor, and the gravestones throughout the cemetery boast an impressive array of early American funereal sculpture.
Architecture fans and nature lovers will both appreciate the beautiful Echo Bridge, built in 1877 as part of the Needham/Newton Upper Falls Aqueduct and a vital link in the area’s water system. Today, the scenic bridge also draws tourists for its unique echoing qualities, a curious phenomenon that allows voices to bounce back and forth 15 times.
In April, you can catch the famed Boston Marathon as it makes its way through one of the race’s most difficult stretches. Runners must cross the four Newton Hills, including the notoriously challenging Heartbreak Hill, before reaching the end of the grueling route. Heartbreak Hill, the last of the series, rises for a steep and tortuous half mile towards the end of the marathon, but offers runners the relief of knowing it’s mostly downhill from there. If snacks are more your style than running, you may find it interesting to note that Newton is the namesake of the Fig Newton Cookie (which was not, in fact, named for Sir Isaac Newton).
The Kennedy Biscuit Company (later Nabisco), in nearby Cambridge, had strong local ties and named several products after surrounding communities.
As far as small towns go, Newton has been home to an impressive array of writers, thinkers, actors, and other accomplished celebrities. From literary luminaries like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Isaac Asimov, to counter-cultural icons including Timothy Leary and Mary Baker Eddy (the founder of Christian Science), to contemporary stars like Amy Poehler and David Mamet, Newton has birthed more than its share of New England wit and intellectualism. It is also the hometown of Hollywood stars including Boston poster boy Matt Damon, character actor Christopher Lloyd, and glamour girl Bette Davis.