Newton, Iowa

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Jasper County Courthouse, Newton, Iowa
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Headquarters of the Maytag Corporation, Newton, Iowa

Newton is the county seat of Jasper County, IowaTemplate:GR. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 15,579. It is the home of Maytag Corporation and of Maytag Dairy Farms.

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History

Newton was founded in 1850 and incorporated as a city in 1857. It has traditionally been a manufacturing community, much of its growth derived from the washing machine industry. Its most distinctive landmark, the Jasper County Courthouse, was built in 1911. In recent years, the town's manufacturing workforce has been hurt by layoffs at the Maytag Corporation.

Geography

Newton is located at 41°41'55" North, 93°2'49" West (41.698591, -93.046860)Template:GR.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 26.6 km² (10.3 mi²), none of which is covered by water.

Location of Newton, Iowa

ZIP codes

All addresses within Newton fall under the 50208 ZIP code.

Streets and addresses

Newton is praised for its simple, logical street designations. The city is divided into four quadrants. 1st Avenue divides the north and south segments of Newton, and 1st Street divides the east and west segments. Roads labeled as avenues run east and west while roads labeled as streets run north and south.

A typical street name would appear "E 5th St S". The east or west label comes first, followed by the street, and then followed by the north or south label. This example indicates the street is in the southeast quadrant of Newton.

A typical avenue name would appear "N 5th Ave W". In the case of avenues, the north or south label comes first, followed by the avenue, and then followed by the east or west label. This example indicates the avenue is in the northwest quadrant of Newton.

Demographics

As of the censusTemplate:GR of 2000, there are 15,579 people, 6,713 households, and 4,269 families residing in the city. The population density is 586.3/km² (1,518.9/mi²). There are 7,162 housing units at an average density of 269.5/km² (698.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 97.55% White, 0.60% Asian, 0.39% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.33% from other races, and 0.80% from two or more races. 1.21% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 6,713 households out of which 29.1% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.4% are married couples living together, 9.4% have a female householder with no husband present, and 36.4% are non-families. 32.0% of all households are made up of individuals and 14.1% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.25 and the average family size is 2.84.

In the city the population is spread out with 23.6% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, and 19.2% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 39 years. For every 100 females there are 90.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 87.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $40,345, and the median income for a family is $49,977. Males have a median income of $37,248 versus $22,631 for females. The per capita income for the city is $20,552. 6.8% of the population and 4.8% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 8.0% of those under the age of 18 and 6.4% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Government

Newton is administered by a mayor and a six-person city council.

Mayor

The mayor is elected to a term of two years. Newton's current mayor is Charles "Chaz" Allen, who began his first term in January 2004. His predecessor was David Aldridge, who served four terms from 1996-2004.

City council

The city council consists of one member elected from each of Newton's four wards and two members elected at-large. The council members are elected to terms of four years. Regular meetings of the city council are held on the first and third Mondays of each month.

Media

Radio stations

  • KCOB (http://www.kcobradio.com/) 1280 AM / 95.9 FM

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Maytag Dairy Farms outside of Newton, Iowa

Notable natives

External links

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