Newton is a suburban city located west of Boston. It is surrounded by Boston, Brookline, Watertown, Waltham, Wellesley and Needham. Newton does not have a city center but rather 13 villages, many of which have their own downtown area. They are: Auburndale, Chestnut Hill, Newton Centre, Newton Corner, Newton Highlands, Newton Lower Falls, Newton Upper Falls, Newtonville, Nonantum, Oak Hill, Thompsonville, Waban and West Newton.
The City is home to Boston College, Mount Ida College and Lasell College. The Boston Marathon runs right through the City with Heartbreak Hill beginning right next to City Hall. The Newton Free Library is well respected as one of the largest, most well equipped libraries in the Commonwealth. It is also home to Newton-Wellesley Hospital, a very well respected hospital in the Greater Boston area.
Newton is easily accessible from all forms of public transportation. I-90, which runs east/west runs right through Newton as does I-95, which runs North/South. The MBTA Green Line, B Branch, ends across from Boston College, towards the eastern side of Newton, while the D branch runs through the center of the city making stops in Chestnut Hill, Newton Centre, Newton Highlands, Eliot, Waban, Woodland and ending in Riverside. The commuter rail also makes stops in Newtonville, West Newton and Auburndale before continuing to Wellesley and eventually Worcester. There are also several express buses through Newton that continue on to Boston or Watertown.
Newton Public Schools are known as some of the best in the state. There are 15 elementary schools that feed in to 4 middle schools that then feed into two high schools.