Profile for Newton, Iowa, IA
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Newton is a city in Jasper County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named after Sgt. John Newton, Revolutionary War hero.
The latitude of Newton is 41.699N. The longitude is -93.047W.
It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 951 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 15,794.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Newton demographic reports
Frederick L. Maytag founded the appliance company here in 1893. The manufacturer served as the mainstay of the local economy until Whirlpool bought the firm and announced it would leave town in 2006.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 15. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 1 per 1,000 people.
Newton received national attention for a 1969 plane crash which killed former heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano.
Well-known residents have included:
· Frederick L. Maytag, founder of the appliance company
Local festivals include:
- Iowa Sculpture Festival - June 9-10, 2007
Dates often change. Check Newton web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation:
Rock Creek State Park
Historic sites and museums: Jasper County Historical Museum, International Wrestling Institute and Museum
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
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Ancestry & family history
28% of Newton residents report German ancestry, and 12% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Newton ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Newton was $20,552, compared with $21,587 nationally.
20% of Newton residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Newton festival dates:
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- Iowa Sculpture Festival - J
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Median rent in Newton, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $375. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $804.
Libraries in Newton include Newton Public Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Newton include Newton Daily News
TV stations in Newton include KFPX.
Jasper County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Newton political report.
The average commute time for Newton workers is 15 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
Hotels in Newton include Days Inn Newton, Holiday Inn Express, Homeridge Inn & Suites, Super 8.
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