Newton, Kansas

Newton, Kansas
Newton, Kansas
—  City  —
Newton City Hall, 2006
Motto: Life as it Should Be
Location of Newton, Kansas
Map of Harvey County, Kansas
Coordinates: 38°2′39″N 97°20′51″W / 38.04417°N 97.3475°W / 38.04417; -97.3475Coordinates: 38°2′39″N 97°20′51″W / 38.04417°N 97.3475°W / 38.04417; -97.3475
Country United States
State Kansas
County Harvey
Founded 1871
Incorporated 1872, 1880
 - Type City Commission
 - Mayor Willis Heck
 - Vice-Mayor Ken Hall
 - Total 11.73 sq mi (30.38 km2)
 - Land 11.73 sq mi (30.38 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,447 ft (441 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 - Total 19,132
 - Density 1,631/sq mi (629.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 67114
Area code(s) 316
FIPS code 20-50475[2]
GNIS feature ID 0484319[3]

Newton is a city in and the county seat of Harvey County, Kansas, United States.[4] As of the 2010 census, the city population was 19,132.[1] Newton is located 25 mi (40 km) north of Wichita and is included in the Wichita metropolitan statistical area (MSA). The city of North Newton is located immediately north of the city, existing as a separate political entity.



Downtown Newton, 2006

In 1871 the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway built a main line east-west through Newton.[5]

From its beginnings Newton came to be known as "bloody and lawless—the wickedest city in the west." This reputation was much due to the 1871 Gunfight at Hide Park, in which a total of eight men were ultimately killed. In 1872 the western terminal for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway and the railhead for the Chisholm Trail were established here. Shortly after incorporation of the City in 1872, the Newton city council passed an ordinance prohibiting the running at large of buffalo and other wild animals.

The history of Newton is intertwined with the Railway. Newton served as the Middle Division dispatching headquarters for the "Santa Fe" until the mid 1980s, when all dispatching for the Chicago to Los Angeles system was centralized in the Chicago area. In 1995 the Santa Fe merged with the Burlington Northern Railroad, and is now known as the BNSF Railway. The BNSF continues to be a large industrial taxpayer although its impact as an employer has decreased in the past decade. Most locals still refer to this railroad as the "Santa Fe".

During World War II, the Newton airport was taken over by the US Navy as a secondary Naval Air Station, and the main runway was extended to over 7,000 feet (2,100 m).


Newton is in the central portion of the continental United States. U.S. Highway 81, also known as the Meridian Highway, stretches from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to Mexico City, Mexico through Central and South America. It passes through Newton, Kansas and is known as "Main Street." U.S. Highway 50 runs past the White House in Washington, DC through Newton, Kansas and continues on to Sacramento, California.

The city has a total area of 11.73 square miles (30.4 km2), all land with the exception of Sand Creek and several small tributaries.[6]


Blue Sky Sculpture, Centennial Park
Historical populations
Census Pop.
1900 6,208
1910 7,862 26.6%
1920 9,781 24.4%
1930 11,034 12.8%
1940 11,048 0.1%
1950 11,590 4.9%
1960 14,877 28.4%
1970 15,439 3.8%
1980 16,332 5.8%
1990 16,700 2.3%
2000 17,190 2.9%
2010 19,132 11.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 17,190 people, 6,851 households, and 4,610 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,794.0 people per square mile (692.8/km²). There were 7,277 housing units at an average density of 759.5 per square mile (293.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 86.73% White, 2.30% African American, 0.53% Native American, 0.66% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 6.84% from other races, and 2.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.73% of the population.

There were 6,851 households out of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.2% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.7% were non-families. 28.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the city the population had 26.3% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 16.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 93.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $38,236, and the median income for a family was $45,703. Males had a median income of $32,308 versus $21,906 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,529. About 5.1% of families and 7.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.7% of those under age 18 and 5.6% of those age 65 or over.

Newton is located in Harvey County which is an agricultural and small manufacturing county with 34,361 people. Harvey County Kansas is part of a four county "Metro Area" with about a half million people. The major city in this metro area is Wichita, Kansas, 20 miles (20 minutes) to the South via I-135.

Area attractions

  • Kansas Sports Museum[7]
  • Harvey County Historical Society Library and Museum[8]
  • Kauffman Museum[9]
  • Warkentin House, a Victorian house museum.
  • Mennonite Settler statue
  • Blue Sky Sculpture
  • Carriage Factory Art Gallery[10]
  • Sand Creek Station Golf Course,[11] 18-hole public course, ranked among 2006's best new public courses in America by Golf Digest.


Newton High School, 2006

Primary and secondary education

Newton is part of Unified School District 373.[12][13] Newton public schools consist of Newton High, Santa Fe Middle, Chisholm Middle, Sunset Elementary, Northridge Elementary, Southbreeze Elementary, Slate Creek Elementary, and Walton agricultural charter school (in Walton, Kansas). Newton also has two private K-8 schools, Newton Bible Christian School and St. Mary's Catholic School,[14] and a private high school; Newton Christian High School (rural north of Newton).


Bethel College is located nearby in the City of North Newton.


Newton is served by local media as well as that of Wichita and national media. The following lists include both local media and media from the Wichita MSA.

Print media

The Newton Kansan (GateHouse Media) serves Newton and the surrounding area as the daily local newspaper. It is not published on Sundays. The Wichita Eagle is the major newspaper for the region.


  • ATSC (digital television)
    • Channel 3-1: KSNW - NBC National Broadcasting Company
    • Channel 8-1: KPTS - PBS Public Broadcasting Company
    • Channel 8-2: KPTS - PBS Public Broadcasting Company
    • Channel 8-3: KPTS - PBS Public Broadcasting Company
    • Channel 10-1 KAKE - ABC American Broadcasting Company
    • Channel 12-1: KWCH - CBS Columbia Broadcasting Company
    • Channel 12-2: KWCH - CBS 24 hour weather
    • Channel 24-1: KSAS - Fox FOX Broadcasting Company
    • Channel 33-1: KWCV - CW The CW Television Network
    • Channel 36-1: KMTW - MyTV MyNetwork Television

Cox Communications supplies Newton with cable Television




Newton Amtrak Depot, 2006

Major highways (I-135, US-50, US-81, K-15), an airport, and the BNSF Railway make Newton a central location for transportation and shipping. Amtrak's Southwest Chief stops in Newton twice each day and provides passenger rail service towards Los Angeles and Chicago.[15] The Amtrak station is located at 414 N Main St.[16]

Newton City/County Airport, FAA:EWK,[17] is located 2 miles east of Newton. Its 7,002-foot (2,134 m) runway is one of only 11 runways in Kansas 7,000-foot (2,100 m) or longer. It has ILS and GPS approach.[18][19]


Notable people

See also

Carnegie Library, 1912


An Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway route map from 1891 issue of Grain Dealers and Shippers Gazetteer.

Further reading

External links

  • USD 373, school district for Newton, North Newton, Walton

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