Area: 18.2 sq miles (47.14 km²)
Population: 85,945 (2011)
MBTA: Newton is well-served by three modes of mass transit run by the MBTA: light rail, commuter rail, and bus service. The Green Line "D" Branch, (also known as the Riverside branch) is a light rail line running through the center of the city that makes very frequent trips to downtown Boston, ranging from 10 to 30 minutes away. The Green Line "B" Branch ends across from Boston College on Commonwealth Avenue, virtually at the border of Boston's Brighton neighborhood and the City of Newton (an area which encompasses an unincorporated suburban village referred to as Chestnut Hill).
The Fig Newton cookie is named after the city. In 1991, Newton and Nabisco hosted a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Fig Newton. A 100-inch (2,500 mm) Fig Newton was served. What to see while visiting? Heartbreak Hill, notably challenging stretch of the Boston Marathon, on Commonwealth Avenue between Centre Street and Boston College. Crystal Lake is a 33-acre (130,000 m2) natural lake located in Newton Centre. The Jackson Homestead, now the Newton History Museum at the Jackson Homestead, is best known for its history as a stop on the Underground Railroad.
Matt Damon, actor, Oscar-winning screenwriter (with Ben Affleck) for Good Will Hunting.
Amy Poehler, actress and comedian.
Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of novels The Scarlet Letter, The House of the Seven Gables, The Blithedale Romance.
Susumu Tonegawa, MIT professor who won the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1987.