Newton Township was organized in 1844 and is the ninth oldest township in Lackawanna County. The community was formed out of that portion of Falls Township which remained in Luzerne County after the creation of Wyoming County. The name bestowed upon our Township was done so in the recognition of the may pioneer settlers who migrated from Newton, Sussex County, New Jersey.
Newton Township, a “Township of the Second Class,” is located in the west-central section of Lackawanna County. According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 22.7 square miles. There are 27.44 miles of state roads and 28.01 miles of township roads. As of the 2010 census, our population is 2,846.
Newton Township provides police protection through the Pennsylvania State Police and the South Abington Township Police (570) 586-2111.
Fire protection and emergency response is provided by the Newton Ransom Volunteer Fire Company (570) 587-2526.