There are certain things everyone knows and loves about Newton--the amazing school systems, the proximity to Boston, the rich history--but even Newton residents may be surprised to learn these pieces of trivia:
1. Newton is nicknamed “The Garden City” for its abundance of tree-lined streets and open spaces for recreation.
2. Newton’s record high temperature of 101°F was recorded in August of 1975.
3. The city has a rich history of comedy, and a current list of jocular Newton natives includes B.J. Novak, Amy Poehler, Joe Rogan, and Louis C.K.
4. The Fig Newton cookie is named after the city.
5. Newton is the “sister city” to San Donato Val di Comune, Italy and San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
6. 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.
7. The Waban zip code of 02468 is Newton’s wealthiest with a median family income of $213,958.
8. Newton is actually a patchwork of thirteen villages, many with small business centers of their own. The 13 villages are: Auburndale, Chestnut Hill, Newton Centre, Newton Corner, Newton Highlands, Newton Lower Falls, Newton Upper Falls, Newtonville, Nonantum (also called "The Lake"), Oak Hill, Thompsonville, Waban and West Newton. Four Corners is sometimes shown as a village on some city maps.
Now you know Newton!
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