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Newton, Kansas
—  City  —
Newton City Hall
Motto: Life as it Should Be
Location of Newton, 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
Incorporated 1871
 - Type City Commission
 - Mayor Racquel L. Thiesen
 - Vice-Mayor Willis Heck
 - 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 (2000)
 - Total 17,190
 - Density 1,794.0/sq mi (692.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 67114
Area code(s) 316
FIPS code 20-50475[1]
GNIS feature ID 0484319[2]

Newton is a city in and the county seat of Harvey County, Kansas, United States.[3] The population was 17,190 at the 2000 census. Newton is located 25 mi (40 km) north of Wichita and is included in the Wichita metropolitan statistical area (MSA).



From the earliest beginnings in 1871 to 1873 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, which ultimately resulted in 8 men being killed before, during and after the incident. 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 Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. Newton served as the Middle Division dispatching headquarters for the "Santa Fe" until the mid 1980's when all dispatching for the Chicago to Los Angeles system was centralized in the Chicago area. In 1995 the Santa Fe was merged with the Burlington Northern Railroad. Now called the BNSF Railway, it is one of the largest railroads in the US. The BNSF continues to be a large industrial taxpayer although its impact as an employer has decreased in the past decade. 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 lies at the "bull's eye" of the North American Continent. 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.

According to the City of Newton, Kansas, 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.


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1880 996
1890 1,763 77.0%
1900 1,942 10.2%
1910 3,214 65.5%
1920 5,061 57.5%
1930 10,059 98.8%
1940 8,487 −15.6%
1950 11,262 32.7%
1960 13,520 20.0%
1970 14,127 4.5%
1980 18,001 27.4%
1990 21,129 17.4%
2000 25,176 19.2%

As of the census[1] 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/sq mi (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

Blue Sky Sculpture, Centennial Park


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 to either Los Angeles or Chicago.

Newton City Airport is located east of town. Its 7,002-foot (2,134 m) runway is one of only 11 runways in Kansas 7,000-foot (2,100 m) or longer.


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. Newton also has two private K-8 schools, Newton Bible and St. Mary's, and a private high school; Newton Christian High School.

Notable people


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



External links

1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

NEWTON, a city and the county-seat of Harvey county, Kansas, U.S.A., about 27 m. N. of Wichita. Pop. (1905, state census) 6601. It is served by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (of which it is a division point and which has shops here), and the Missouri Pacific railways. Newton is the centre of the settlements of the German-Russian Mennonites, a thrifty people, who immigrated in 1873 and subsequently; Bethel College (opened 1893) is a Mennonite secondary school, and there is a Mennonite hospital. Newton is a supply and distributing point for the surrounding agricultural and stock-raising region, and has various manufactures. The municipality has natural gas for heating, lighting and manufacturing. Newton was first settled in 1871, was chartered as a city in 1872, and in 1910 adopted a commission form of government.

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