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Overview

Introduction to Needham, Massachusetts

Needham, Massachusetts, in Norfolk county, is 3 miles S of Newton, Massachusetts and 10 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is part of the Boston metropolitan statistical area.

Needham History

People started settling in Needham since the year 1680. The city was officially recognized in 1711. The city is a part of Dedham Grant. Needham was moved out from Dedham and was named after the Needham Market village of Suffolk, England.

Needham and nearby Attractions

  • Needham Disposal Area
  • Needham Golf Course
  • New England Industrial Center
  • Needham Townhall
  • Needham Free Public Library
  • Glover Memorial Hospital Medical Library

Things To Do In Needham

Needham offers a wide range of entertainment and amusement facilities. You can pay a visit to the Needham Golf Course or the shopping centers around the streets of Needham. One can also visit the Classic Warbirds, a museum on Great Plain Avenue. the New England Industrial Center, Needham Townhall and South Meadow Brook.

Needham Transportation

Boston Logan International is the nearest major airport to Needham.

Needham Higher Education

Wellesley College offers higher education.

People

Total Population 29,853
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 17.6%
Employed Population 16+ 14,636
Age of the Population 43

Families

% of people married 62.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 74.9%
Median Earnings25+ $75,806
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $43,472
Median Earnings With High School Degree $37,297

Wealth

Median Family Income $164,104
% Above Poverty Level 96.6%
% Below Poverty Level 3.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 7.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.4%
% Using Public Transportation 11%

Housing

People Living Alone 22.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,449
Median House Value $684,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.9%
US/American 0.5%
English 10.1%
Irish 23.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Needham Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles S of Newton, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 10 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Norfolk
Standard Zip Codes 02492, 02494
Phone Area Codes 781
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.283
Longitude -71.233

Needham Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station BLUE HILL OBS MILTON
Distance 7.5 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 34 F
Apr Temp 37 to 56 F
Jul Temp 62 to 81 F
Oct Temp 43 to 60 F
Annual Precip 51.1 inches
Station WALPOLE 2
Distance 8.1 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 36 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46.5 inches
Station BEDFORD
Distance 14.1 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 35 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46.9 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Needham, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Needham Heights (02494)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Dedham 25,224 $109,304
Dover 2,441 $186,250
Newton 87,675 $161,101
Waltham 62,438 $91,329
Wellesley 28,832 $191,875
Westwood 15,094 $157,556

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Needham Public Libraries

Library
Needham Free Public Library
1139 HIGHLAND AVE.
Needham, Massachusetts
(781) 455-7559
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Needham Hospitals

BETH ISRAEL DEACONESS HOSPITAL - NEEDHAM
(Government - Local)
148 CHESTNUT STREET
(781) 453-3000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Needham High Schools

NEEDHAM HIGH
609 WEBSTER STREET
781-455-0800
Serves 1,375 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.3

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