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Crime & Safety
Top Public Schools Serving Needham
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.
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.
Needham is great community for families just outside of the City of Boston. Safety is a primary concern for Needham, and is stressed in their excellent public school system.