Some Newton Housing Facts

Updated 9/20/20

  •  The median sales price for a single-family home has more than doubled since 2003, from $638,000 to $1,300,000.    

  • From 2000 to 2013, we lost 4,700 households with annual incomes of less than $125,000, and gained 4,200 households earning more than $200,000.​

  • Only 27% of our school employees live in Newton.

  • Over 30% of households—including over 75% of low-income residents—are cost-burdened, spending more than 30% of their income on housing.

  • Only half of the 449 households with portable housing vouchers administered by the Newton Housing Authority were able to find a home here.

  • Over 75% of our homes are either single-family (55%) or two- and three-family (21.3%) houses.

  • We are less racially diverse than Massachusetts as a whole: Only 3.1% of our population is black or African-American (vs. state's 6.7%), and only 5.5% is Hispanic or Latino (vs. state's 11.2%).

  • We are only permitting 20.6% of the housing we should, relative to our proportional need. This is in contrast to Boston (109.8%), Cambridge (78.1%), Somerville (46.8%), and Watertown (131.5%).     

Most of these numbers come from the

Newton Leads 2040 Housing Strategy.

The source for the last two bullets is the

2019 Greater Boston Housing Report Card.