Newton is a suburban city in Middlesex County, approximately seven miles west of downtown Boston, bordered by Boston to the east. Rather than having a single city center, Newton is a patchwork of thirteen “villages.” Newton is served by three modes of mass transit run by the MBTA: light rail, commuter rail and bus service. The city’s easy commute to Boston, along with its good public schools and safe and quiet neighborhoods, make it a desirable community for those who commute to Boston. Newton has consistently ranked as one of the best U.S. cities to live in.
Newton was settled in 1630 as part of “the newe towne” (which in 1638 became Cambridge), becoming its own town in 1688. Historical sites of interest in the Newton area include Crystal Lake (fronted by several historical homes), the East and West Parish Burying Grounds and the Jackson Homestead, which now houses the Newton History Museum.
Newton’s patchwork of 13 “villages” (many with small “downtown” areas of their own) includes: Auburndale, Chestnut Hill, Newton Centre, Newton Corner, Newton Highlands, Newton Lower Falls, Newton Upper Falls (both on the Charles River and both once small industrial sites), Newtonville, Nonantum, Oak Hill, Thompsonville, Waban and West Newton. Though most of the villages have a post office, they have no legal definition and no firmly defined borders.