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Newton, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Newton had a population of 13,407 as of July 1, 2020.

The primary coordinate point for Newton is located at latitude 35.6699 and longitude -81.2215 in Catawba County. The formal boundaries for the City of Newton encompass a land area of 13.77 sq. miles and a water area of 0.05 sq. miles. Catawba County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,007 feet.

The City of Newton (GNIS ID: 2404377) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Newton is located within Township of Newton, a minor civil division (MCD) of Catawba County.


Newton, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 13,407 (100%)
Population in Households 13,022 (97.1%)
Population in Families 10,408 (77.6%)
Population in Group Quarters1 385 ( 2.9%)
Population Density 973
Diversity Index2 60


Median Household Income $43,254
Average Household Income $55,887
% of Income for Mortgage4 12%
Per Capita Income $21,996
Wealth Index5 47


Total HU (Housing Units) 5,843 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,182 (54.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,102 (36.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 559 ( 9.6%)
Median Home Value $126,884
Average Home Value $167,369
Housing Affordability Index3 210


Total Households 5,284
Average Household Size 2.46
Family Households 3,430
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.33% 0.36%
Households 0.34% 0.39%
Families 0.44% 0.3%
Median Household Income   1.2%
Per Capita Income   1.59%
Owner Occupied HU   0.17%


Newton, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Newton to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 77 90th
Population Density # 231 69th
Median Household Income # 440 41st
Housing Affordability Index # 433 59th
Per Capita Income # 492 34th
Diversity Index # 200 73rd

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