As of mid-2019, Newport City is the fastest growing city in Wales. Property experts attribute this boom to the removal of the tolls on the Severn Bridge, which prompted a surge in housing prices. People in England flocked to the region to take advantage of cheaper house prices. In comparison, Cardiff and Swansea have seen growth of 1.9% and 2.3%, respectively. In Newport, the population has increased by almost 2%.
The town is home to several public and private schools, including the United Christian Academy, which was established by the Protestant and Roman Catholic churches to provide high-quality education for local students. In addition, the town also has two public high schools. The community's schools are managed by the town's school board. There are no private elementary schools in Newport, but several nearby primary and secondary schools, including All Saints Academy and St. George's School, are located in the same town.
The city was first settled in the mid-nineteenth century by Irish immigrants, and became a devoted Irish neighborhood. Today, St. Patrick's Day is a big holiday in Newport. On Spring Street, you can visit St. Mary's Catholic Church, which is not original but is still a landmark of the city. Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy both used the city as their summer home.