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Newton, North Carolina
Main Street (NC 16)
Main Street (NC 16)
Motto(s): 
"The Heart of Catawba County"
Location of Newton, North Carolina
Location of Newton, North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°39′54″N 81°13′28″W / 35.66500°N 81.22444°W / 35.66500; -81.22444Coordinates: 35°39′54″N 81°13′28″W / 35.66500°N 81.22444°W / 35.66500; -81.22444
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Catawba
Area
 • Total 13.83 sq mi (35.81 km2)
 • Land 13.78 sq mi (35.68 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2)
Elevation
1,001 ft (305 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 12,968
 • Estimate 
(2019)
13,177
 • Density 956.59/sq mi (369.34/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
28658
Area code(s) 828
FIPS code 37-47000
GNIS feature ID 0991138

Newton is a city in Catawba County, North Carolina, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 12,968. It is the county seat of Catawba County.

Newton is part of the HickoryLenoirMorganton Metropolitan Statistical Area and sometimes included as part of the Charlotte metropolitan area.

Geography

Newton is located at the center of Catawba County, at 35°39'54" North, 81°13'28" West (35.665082, -81.224351). It is bordered to the north by Conover and to the northwest by Hickory. Claremont is to the northeast, and Maiden is to the south.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.8 square miles (35.8 km2), of which 13.8 square miles (35.7 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2), or 0.37%, is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 84
1860 291 246.4%
1870 323 11.0%
1880 583 80.5%
1890 1,038 78.0%
1900 1,583 52.5%
1910 2,316 46.3%
1920 3,021 30.4%
1930 4,394 45.4%
1940 5,407 23.1%
1950 6,039 11.7%
1960 6,658 10.3%
1970 7,857 18.0%
1980 7,624 −3.0%
1990 9,304 22.0%
2000 12,560 35.0%
2010 12,968 3.2%
2019 (est.) 13,177 1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 12,560 people, 5,007 households, and 3,314 families living in the city. The population density was 968.4 people per square mile (373.9/km2). There were 5,368 housing units at an average density of 413.9 per square mile (159.8/km2). The racial composition of the city was: 77.58% White, 12.33% Black or African American, 9.52% Hispanic or Latino American, 3.40% Asian American, 0.43% Native American, 0.03% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, 4.63% some other race, and 1.60% two or more races.

There were 5,007 households, out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.2% were married couples living together, 14.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.8% were non-families. 28.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 23.8% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 16.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $36,696, and the median income for a family was $44,330. Males had a median income of $27,237 versus $22,963 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,427. 12.1% of the population and 8.4% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 19.1% of those under the age of 18 and 13.2% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

Places of interest

Child workers in Newton, NC
Some of the bobbin doffers and the superintendent at Catawba Cotton Mill, December 1908. Photographed by Lewis Hine.
  • Catawba Cotton Mill

Listings on the National Register of Historic Places for places in Catawba County:

Notable people

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