Newton, North Carolina

Newton, North Carolina, saw its first settlers in 1843, and had a post office by 1844. It was selected as the county seat in 1845, and incorporated in 1855. The first high school in the area was built in Newton in 1880, and the beginning of Newton’s major industry, textiles, dates back to 1895.

As the county seat, all county government operations are housed in Newton.  Approximately 14,000 people call Newton home and it is the second largest city in the county. It has experienced a steady rate of growth since 1970, expanding from 7,600 to its current population. Robert Mullinax is the mayor of Newton.

Newton houses the Historic Newton Depot and Museum and the Newton-Conover Auditorium. Major employers in the city include the Target Distribution CenterFlowers Foods, Lee Industries, General Dynamics, Moretz Hosiery, Technibilt, United Church Homes, Sarstedt and Midstate Mills. The Target Distribution Center has encouraged much growth in Newton, and has provided over 500 jobs for the area.

The Downtown Newton Development Association has created an effective public-private collaboration to promote business development and preserve the friendly atmosphere of the downtown atmosphere. Downtown houses the museums as well as the auditorium, and a vibrant shopping district. On the Square in Downton Newton, visitors can get a sense of Newton’ s past at the Catawba County Museum of History where the region’s story is artfully displayed in the unique setting of the former Catawba County Courthouse, an  imposing National Register Renaissance Revival structure built in 1924.

The Newton Parks and Recreation Department helps advance the attractiveness of the community and its quality of life through a diverse and comprehensive program of recreational, educational, and cultural programs for both old and young alike. They maintain five parks, a swimming pool, two recreation centers with gymnasiums, and a fitness center. The department also sponsors many athletic and entertainment activities throughout the year.

INC Magazine has twice named the city as one of the top entrepreneurial areas in America in both traditional and high-tech industries.  Business North Carolina magazine ranked the region as having the second-best business environment in the state.

Newton is a Full Service Utility, offering power, water, sewer and garbage services to its citizens. This simplifies their lives, and consolidates many payments into one. Newton has been a “Public Power” community since 1896.

Newton is also home to the Old Soldiers Reunion. This is the oldest continuing patriotic celebration in the nation. It features several days of patriotic and entertaining events, including a parade in downtown.

Some entertaining things to do in Newton, North Carolina, include:


View the Old Soldier’s Reunion Parade Below: