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Community Introduction

The City of Newton invites you to get to know Newton. “Get to Know Newton” is more than just a new logo; it is a new way to talk about Newton, Iowa. In many ways, Newton is typical of small, rural America. Newton is located right off Interstate 80, just 35 minutes from Des Moines — Iowa’s state capital. The population of Newton is nearly 16,000 and the town’s residents enjoy a high quality of life with admirable community amenities; including numerous parks with sporting complexes, state-of-the-art medical facilities, excellent schools and a community college. We have a charming town square, bike trails and a thriving arts community. Newton certainly has something for everyone.

Our efforts as a community have not gone unnoticed as Newton received several awards and designations in 2015, including Peoples All Star Community from the Iowa League of Cities, “Project of the Year” for implementing Newton’s Future from the Iowa City Managers Association, and being designated as one of the “Top Ten Affordable Small Towns Where You’d Actually Want To Live,” by

If you’re new to town, we invite you to “Get to Know Newton.” If you’re a lifelong resident, we challenge you to “Get to Know Newton” again.

When you live in Newton, you don’t have to travel far for entertainment. The Iowa Speedway has the biggest, fastest races in Iowa. The Valle Drive-in Movie Theater is one of the four operating drive-in theaters in the state. At Historic Maytag Park, you can catch musical acts, take a dip in the Maytag Pool or get fit on the hike and bike trail. The Newton Community Theatre produces at least four shows a year, including comedies, musicals and classics. Not satisfied? We’re located only 30 minutes from entertainment venues in downtown Des Moines. Still not satisfied? We’re only an hour from Iowa City and Ames. When

it comes to entertainment – if we don’t have it, we’re not far from it.

If you’re considering Newton as a place to raise a family, there isn’t a better option. Newton public schools offer the extracurricular opportunities of a large district, but the class sizes and personalized care of a small one. Through a partnership with DMACC, students can earn college credits by taking dual credit classes while still in high school. Newton schools offer a wide variety of extracurricular activities, and class sizes are small enough that students have the opportunity to participate in many activities. There is a private parochial school located in Newton as well.

Many say that the best way to “Get to Know Newton” is by getting active in the community. Love art? Get involved with the Centre for Arts and Artists. Love school pride? Get involved with the Newton Booster Club or PTA. Love fitness? Get involved with the YMCA or Anytime Fitness. Don’t know where to start? Get connected with local volunteer activities at

Some fear that in order to receive the benefits of a smaller community, such as a neighborly spirit and the ability to make a difference, you have to give up the convenience that comes with living in a larger city, but that’s not the case in Newton. Newton is home to two 24-hour stores, a 24-hour fitness facility, and several medical providers, including Skiff Medical Center.

Newton stands as not only a great place to live, but also a great place to visit. This vibrant city affords a peaceful, smaller-town lifestyle, while offering all the resources one may find in a bigger city. Welcome to Newton!

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