As of the census2 of 2000, there were 62,001 people, 21,997 households, and
17,113 families residing in the county. The population density was 87/km²
(224/mi²). There were 23,033 housing units at an average density of 32/km²
(83/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 75.27% White, 22.21% Black
or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.72% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander,
0.58% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. 1.87% of the population
were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 21,997 households out of which 37.70% had children under the age
of 18 living with them, 59.20% were married couples living together, 14.10%
had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.20% were non-families.
18.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.60% had someone living
alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77
and the average family size was 3.14.
The median income for a household in the county was $44,875, and the median
income for a family was $49,748. Males had a median income of $36,742 versus
$26,097 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,317. 10.00%
of the population and 7.20% of families were below the poverty line. 14.90%
of those under the age of 18 and 8.80% of those 65 and older were living below
the poverty line.
Newton County neighboring areas include: Walton County, Morgan
County, Jasper County, Butts County, Henry
County, and Rockdale
County. The cities and towns located within the county are Covington, Mansfield,
Newborn, Oxford, Porterdale, and Rocky Plains.