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The town has an excellent education system (K-12) that truly positions students in the best possible way to succeed in the college process. The school is definitely a safe place for the LGBTQ community and there are several clubs and activities that support them. Lastly, Needham's affordability is quite challenging for the majority of middle class families. It is difficult to find a relatively affordable first home in Needham because contractors and builders design higher end homes on plots of land they purchase and knock down smaller houses. The significance of this is that is causes a lack in diversity in the town, socioeconomically and racially. Needham is mostly middle age and white. The majority of black and Latino people I know are METCO students who reside in neighborhoods in Boston, but come to school in Needham.
Needham is a safe and beautiful place to live, but if you want diversity, don’t come here. There are fairly large and noticeable minorities of Jews and Chinese, but other than that it’s mostly white. It’s also quite expensive, but there are great public schools. Also, the people aren’t very friendly, but that’s something you will find anywhere near Boston. They do tend to be very liberal, though, if that’s something that appeals to you (or would deter you).
Overall my experience with Needham has been very good! I moved here four years ago, and have gone through al grades in the Needham High School. The high school is very prestigious and the teachers are great.