Newton is a town of around 18,000, located just 30 minutes north of Wichita, the largest city in Kansas. The city was incorporated in 1872 at the western terminal of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway and the railhead of the Chisholm Trail, a cattle trail that ended in Abilene (current Highway K-15 follows the Chisholm Trail’s route). Thus, the history of Newton has always been tied to the railroad.
Newton, the Harvey County seat, offers an ideal family environment with quiet neighborhoods and an assortment of youth recreational activities. A drive through the heart of the community reveals a city with pride and vision. Historical buildings that have been adapted for modern commercial enterprises are sprinkled throughout the community. Visible signs of steady new growth are evidenced by the successful commerce taking hold. Newton residents benefit from a lifestyle that values sound education, progressive health care and safe neighborhoods.
North Newton, with a population of around 1,500, is located directly north of Newton on Highway K-15, separated from Newton by a railroad track. North Newton is a largely residential community. In addition to Bethel College, the other major institution in North Newton is the Kidron Bethel retirement community.
Newton area residents have access to full medical, dental and rehabilitative services close to home. Harvey County enjoys the third highest physician-to-resident ratio in the state. Newton Medical Center, a private, not-for-profit hospital, serves the community. With about 60 physicians and almost 400 employees, the medical center is a major employer in Harvey County.
The Newton school district, USD 373, serves more than 3,500 students in the Newton area. Annually, Newton High School graduates classes averaging approximately 400. The recent passage of a school bond issue supported renovating and building additions to five schools in the district.