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General Demographics

Demographic data are driving planning as the City of Newton prepares to meet the needs of our residents now and in the future.

Two demographic reports were prepared for the City by Barry Bluestone from the Dukakis Center at Northeastern University. The first report charts trends in Newton’s population profile; tracks its housing stock, housing production, and home prices; and adds detail on these matters for the city’s 18 census tracts. The first report can be read at this link.  The second report projects demographics for the next 25 years. This projection report will help to inform strategies on important issues, including, housing, parking, and transportation. The findings in this report can be found at this link.




Newton Massachusetts United States
Total households 31,139 2,528,592 115,731,304
      Family households (families)    69.78% 63.53% 66.05%
      Nonfamily households 30.22% 36.47%                                    33.95%
Population in Group Quarters* 8.30% 3.60% 2.60%
Householder living alone 24.70% 28.90% 27.70%
      65 years and over 12.30% 11.10% 9.90%
Households with one or more people under 18 years 33.70% 30.60% 32.40%
Households with one or more people 60 years and over 40.80% 36.30% 27.70%
Average household size 2.53 2.53 2.64
Average family size 3.04 3.15 3.25
Total population 87,018    6,648,138 313,861,723
      Under 5 years 5.70% 5.50% 6.40%
      5 to 9 years 6.70% 5.70% 6.50%
      10 to 14 years 6.00% 6.00% 6.60%
      15 to 19 years 8.40% 7.00% 6.80%
      20 to 24 years 7.50% 7.20% 7.20%
      25 to 34 years 9.30% 13.40% 13.50%
      35 to 44 years 13.50% 12.80% 12.90%
      45 to 54 years 13.70% 15.10% 14.10%
      55 to 59 years 7.20% 7.00% 6.60%
      60 to 64 years 6.00% 5.80% 5.70%
      65 to 74 years 8.60% 7.60% 7.60%
      75 to 84 years 4.60% 4.40% 4.20%
      85 years and over 2.90% 2.30% 1.90%
Median age (years) 40.1 39.3 37.4
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 4.90% 10.20% 16.9%
One race
      White 80.30% 80.00% 73.90%
      Black or African American 3.50% 7.00% 12.60%
      American Indian and Alaska  Native 0.10% 0.20% 0.80%
      Asian 13.00% 5.70% 5.00%
      Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.00% 0.00% 0.20%
      Some other race 0.60% 4.20% 4.70%
Two or more races 2.50% 2.80% 2.90%

*The Census Bureau classifies all people not living in households as living in group quarters. There are two types of group quarters: institutional (for example, correctional facilities, nursing homes, and mental hospitals) and non-institutional (for example, college dormitories, military barracks, group homes, missions, and shelters).

Source: American Community Survey, 3-Year Estimates (2011-2013)
Source for Group Quarters: Census Summary File 1 (2010)
Updated: November 2014