Overall Niche Grade
- Public SchoolsA+
- Crime & SafetyB-
- Good for FamiliesA+
- Cost of LivingC
- Health & FitnessA+
- Outdoor ActivitiesA
Needham is a suburb of Boston with a population of 30,735. Needham is in Norfolk County and is one of the best places to live in Massachusetts. Living in Needham offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Needham there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many retirees live in Needham and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Needham are highly rated.
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I love Needham! I feel safe and welcomed here. The community events are well-done- especially the Blue Tree Lighting and the Fourth of July Fireworks and Parade. It is a lovely community and easy to befriend neighbors. It's the perfect commute to Boston on the commuter rail and schools are great. Could have a few more restaurants and things to do.
It maintains a small town feel while still being connected to the greater Boston area. There's not much nearby in terms of "fun," but it's a safe, welcoming community. The people living here, and in the surrounding towns, are quite obviously wealthy. There are extremely few houses for rent or sale, in the area, especially ones that are affordable. Regardless, the people are outgoing, making it easy to integrate into the community.
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.