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    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    A-
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-
About Needham...
Population
30,167

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$719,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,453
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    17%
  • Own
    83%
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Needham Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
A-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    13
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    7
    41
  • Robbery
    0
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    62
    500
  • Theft
    511
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    3
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$139,477
National
$55,322
Children
22%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    42%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    33%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    13%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    10%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%
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Needham Reviews

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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.
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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.