Newton Development Corporation

Living in Newton

Newton’s community spirit and ingenuity means a high quality of life for its 15,000+ residents. Excellent schools, state-of-the-art healthcare with Skiff Medical Center and Newton Clinic, diverse religious congregations, full service senior living communities, and a thriving public library support “small town family living.”

From apartments and condos to Victorian beauties to the latest in executive housing, Newton boasts a wide range of housing options for any taste and any budget.

Combine those amenities with Newton’s advantages as a county seat and area commercial center, and you have a thriving mid-sized Iowa community in which to live, work and play. The daily newspaper and local radio stations keep busy residents informed of a full, year-round calendar of community events, activities, and civic organizations.


When you just want to play, Newton has “something for everyone.” Recreation facilities include Maytag Bowl and Pool in historic Maytag Park, Jasper County Historical Museum, a lush arboretum, two golf courses, one 18-hole disc golf course, many city parks and a walking trail for exercise and leisure, and many more sports fields. Sports fans, rejoice! Newton is proud to be home to the Newton Cardinals.

If play involves hosting guests, local motels and hotels can meet your overnight needs. The local YMCA, which offers year-round recreational programs, hosts the Newton Community Theatre and its 250-seat auditorium.

Many area attractions are within just a few minutes’ drive of downtown Newton. A local winery, combined with a stop at Maytag Dairy Farm, world-renowned for Maytag Blue Cheese, makes a recipe for a quick, educational and enjoyable getaway. You can also enjoy a movie at the Valle Drive-In , the only drive-in movie theater in central Iowa.   The Iowa Speedway draws drivers and enthusiasts from across the country. Rock Creek State Park and Red Rock Reservoir offer boating and fishing nearby. Newton boasts more than 20 three-dimensional art pieces sited throughout the community, and the dedication to the arts continues with the Center for Arts & Artists who sponsor the annual Iowa Sculpture Festival.  Just a short drive from Newton, The Civic Center of Greater Des Moines provides programing from Broadway to music to dance to entertain those young and those young at heart!


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