About Newton, Massachusetts
First settled in 1630 as a part of Watertown, Newton was incoporated as a separate community (Cambridge Village) in 1688. In 1691, it was renamed Newton, receiving its city Charter in 1873.
According to the 1995 annual city census, the population of the City is 83,073, with 29,572 households. (Census information found in the Newton TAB)
Located 8 miles west of Boston (lat 42'20" North, long 71'12" West), Newton is a diverse community of 13 "villages", each of which retaining their own distinctive neighborhood feeling and architecture.
Newton has a "strong mayor" style of city government. Its current mayor is David B. Cohen. A 24 member Board of Aldermen represents 8 wards. In addition, Newton elects eight members to the School Committee, which oversees the Newton Public Schools.
Our Newton Free Library has had a circulation of over one million items the past seven fiscal years. AND, the City of Newton now has its own "official" WebSite.