Newton is a suburban city approximately 7 miles west of downtown Boston and is bordered by Boston's Brighton and West Roxbury neighborhoods to the east and south, respectively, and by the suburb of Brookline to the east, the suburbs of Watertown and Waltham to the north, and Weston, Wellesley and Needham to the west. Rather than having a single city center, Newton resembles a patchwork of thirteen villages. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Newton is the eleventh largest city in the state.


Rather than having a single city center, Newton is a patchwork of thirteen villages, many boasting small downtown areas of their own. Although most of the villages have a post office, they have no legal definition and no firmly defined borders. This village-based system often causes some confusion with addresses and for first time visitors. *

The 13 villages are: 

  • Auburndale 
  • Chestnut Hill
  • Newton Centre 
  • Newton Corner 
  • Newton Highlands
  • Newton Lower Falls 
  • Newton Upper Falls 
  • Newtonville
  • Nonantum 
  • Oak Hill 
  • Thompsonville
  • Waban 
  • West Newton 


Public schools

Public education is provided by Newton Public Schools.

Elementary Schools:

  • Angier Elementary School
  • Bowen Elementary School
  • Burr Elementary School
  • Cabot Elementary School
  • Countryside Elementary School
  • Franklin Elementary School
  • Horace Mann Elementary School
  • Lincoln Eliot Elementary School
  • Mason Rice Elementary School
  • Memorial Spaulding Elementary School
  • Peirce Elementary School
  • Underwood Elementary School
  • Ward Elementary School
  • Williams Elementary School
  • Zervas Elementary School

Middle schools

  • Bigelow Middle School
  • Brown Middle School
  • Oak Hill Middle School
  • F.A. Day Middle School

High schools

  • Newton North High School
  • Newton South High School

Private schools

  • Fessenden School
  • Jackson Catholic Elementary School
  • Newton Country Day School
  • Solomon Schechter Day School
  • Newton Montessori School 
  • Mount Alvernia High School
  • Mount Alvernia Academy 


Newton's proximity to Boston, along with its good public schools and safe and quiet neighborhoods, make it a very desirable community for those who commute to Boston or work in Newton's businesses and industries. Newton is well-served by three modes of mass transit run by the MBTA: light rail, commuter rail, and bus service. The Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90), runs east and west through Newton, while Route 128 (I-95) slices through the westernmost part of the city in Newton Lower Falls. Route 30 (Commonwealth Avenue), Route 16 (Watertown Street west to West Newton, where it follows Washington Street west) and Route 9 (Worcester Turnpike or Boylston Street) also run east and west through the city.

MBTA Green Line D

MBTA Commuter Rail - Framingham/Worcester Line

Helpful Links

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City of Newton

About the Neighborhood

There are community events
Neighbors are friendly
Great schools
Easy commutes
Good transit
Parking is easy
There are sidewalks
Yards are well-kept
Streets are well-lit
Great hospitals
Parks and playgrounds
Lots of wildlife
It's dog friendly
Kids play outside
Great nightlife
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