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Needham, Massachusetts


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Needham, Massachusetts

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. About 28,911 people live in Needham.

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.

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High Points

Needham strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Massachusetts):

Category Trophy
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Needham Low Violent Crime
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Needham Low Property Crime
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Needham College Educated Adults
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Needham Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Needham Well-Paid Single Men
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Needham People in Middle Class or Better
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Needham Well-Paid Single Women
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Needham Low Rate of Poverty
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Needham Public Transportation Use
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. State)
Top 18% Needham Walking and Biking to Work

Comparative Profile of Needham, Massachusetts

Comparing Needham to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Massachusetts (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).


The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Age of the Population 10 8
Senior Citizens 10 9
Female Share of the Population 9 9
Children Under 5 Years Old 7 9
Male Share of the Population 3 2
Racial Diversity 1 7

Families

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Portion of People Married 9 8
Average Household Size 7 6

Wealth

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
College Educated Adults 10 10
People in Middle Class or Better 10 10
Median Family Income 10 10
People Above Poverty 10 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Working at Home 10 9
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Walking and Biking to Work 7 9
Short Commute Times 3 6

Housing

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 4
People Living Alone 4 6
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 6
Housing Recently Built 2 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 2
Affordability of Rents 1 1

Crime

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Low Violent Crime 10 9
Low Property Crime 10 8

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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
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Needham Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 28,911 100%
Male 13,702 47.4%
Female 15,209 52.6%
Under 18 7,576 26.2%
18+ 21,335 73.8%
65+ 5,190 18%
Median Age 40.8
Average Family Size 3.15
White 27,412 94.8%
African-American 201 0.7%
Asian 1,024 3.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 8 0%
Other 73 0.3%
Mixed Race 193 0.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 341 1.2%

Estimated Needham Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 28,418
Growth -493
Growth % -1.7%

Needham Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Irish 26.2%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.1%
Italian 10.3%
English 8.7%
Russian 6.6%
US/American 5.8%
German 4.8%
Polish 3.6%
Eastern European 2.4%
Scottish 2.1%
Greek 1.7%
Scotch-Irish 1.7%
French (except Basque) 1.7%
French Canadian 1.3%
European 1.1%
Lithuanian 1.1%
Swedish 0.9%
Norwegian 0.9%
Armenian 0.9%
Ukrainian 0.7%
Hungarian 0.6%
Canadian 0.6%
Israeli 0.5%
British 0.5%
Welsh 0.4%
Iranian 0.4%
Dutch 0.4%
Danish 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Swiss 0.3%
Portuguese 0.2%
Syrian 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
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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 Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Needham 28,911 $107,570
Dedham 23,464 $72,330
Dover 5,558 $157,168
Newton 83,829 $105,289
Waltham 59,226 $64,595
Wellesley 26,613 $134,769
Westwood 14,117 $103,242

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

Starbucks in Needham

(As of 2005)
910 Highland Ave.
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Needham High Schools (2004)

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

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1. Winchester, Massachusetts 95.4   22% 17.1% 64.9% 30 $110,226 7.3% 6.9% 20,810 2.6% 12.2 0.6% 0.8
2. Cranford, New Jersey 92.4   22% 17.9% 43% 31 $86,624 6.5% 6.3% 22,578 2.5% 11.5 0.3% 0.4
3. Westwood, Massachusetts 92.1   22.4% 19.1% 57.4% 31 $103,242 7.8% 4% 14,117 2.5% 10.1 0.6% 0.4
4. Bedford, Massachusetts 91.2   21.9% 18.3% 57.4% 26 $101,081 6.7% 8.8% 12,595 2.5% 4.6 0.3% 0.1
5. Wellesley, Massachusetts 90.5   20.6% 13.9% 75.9% 26 $134,769 7.3% 10% 26,613 3.8% 10 0.8% 0.5
6. Morris, New Jersey 89.8   21.8% 15.4% 63.6% 30 $116,866 7.2% 11.4% 21,796 3.8% 7.7 0.6% 1.1
7. Garden City, New York 89.8   19.2% 16.8% 61.8% 37 $120,305 6.6% 5.8% 21,672 2.3% 13.3 1.1% 0.5
8. Denville, New Jersey 89.7   23.6% 15% 44% 30 $90,651 7.2% 7.4% 15,824 2.8% 11.8 1.2% 0.9
9. Wyckoff, New Jersey 89.5   14.7% 15.8% 56.6% 32 $117,864 7.2% 5.5% 16,508 1.8% 7.5 0.4% 0.4
10. Wayland, Massachusetts 89.3   16% 14.3% 68.3% 32 $113,671 7.2% 7.8% 13,100 2.5% 8.5 0.7% 0.3
11. Haddonfield, New Jersey 89.3   23.9% 15.9% 64.9% 29 $103,597 6.4% 3.5% 11,659 2.2% 13.1 0.3% 0.8
12. Rye Brook, New York 89.3   18.5% 17.3% 54.3% 33 $111,287 7.8% 8% 8,602 2.9% 11.9 1.1% 0.4
13. Pequannock, New Jersey 89   20.8% 14.1% 37.5% 28 $84,487 6.8% 3.4% 13,888 3% 13.6 0.3% 0.4
14. Walpole, Massachusetts 88.7   22.6% 14.4% 39.8% 32 $84,458 6.8% 4.6% 22,824 2.2% 11.4 0.3% 0.9
15. Berkeley Heights, New Jersey 88.7   14.7% 16.4% 52.3% 32 $118,862 8% 10.4% 13,407 2.1% 6.5 0.6% 0.5
16. Moorestown, New Jersey 88.1   21% 16.4% 52.5% 27 $94,844 6.4% 10.8% 19,017 3.4% 22.9 0.5% 1.3
17. Croton-on-Hudson, New York 88.1   22.2% 13.6% 55.1% 42 $100,182 7.8% 8.5% 7,606 3.4% 16.7 0.7% 0.7
18. Hingham, Massachusetts 87.9   21% 14.1% 57.5% 36 $98,598 7.5% 2.5% 19,882 3.5% 19.4 0.8% 0.7
19. Port Washington, New York 87.9   20.8% 15% 53.9% 39 $102,646 7.4% 14% 15,215 4.7% 13.4 0.7% 0.9
20. Briarcliff Manor, New York 87.7   16.5% 14.7% 72.2% 39 $157,607 7% 9.3% 7,696 2.5% 8.3 0.9% 0.5
21. Oradell, New Jersey 87.6   15.5% 16.6% 51.8% 35 $102,842 6.3% 9.9% 8,047 2.4% 8.3 0.3% 0.4
22. Wakefield, Massachusetts 87.1   26.2% 15.1% 39.7% 29 $77,834 6.4% 3.1% 24,804 3.1% 9.2 0.2% 0.6
23. San Carlos, California 87   25.4% 14.3% 49.8% 27 $103,971 7% 15.5% 27,718 2.7% 21.4 0.3% 0.9
24. Rockville Centre, New York 87   26.8% 16.3% 50.1% 37 $103,315 6.6% 9.1% 24,568 5% 11.5 0.7% 0.5
25. Little Silver, New Jersey 86.9   16.6% 15.7% 60.5% 35 $104,033 7.3% 2.9% 6,170 0.8% 15.4 1.3% 0.3
26. River Edge, New Jersey 86.8   22.6% 17% 45.4% 33 $80,422 7.1% 15.9% 10,946 3.1% 10.7 0.3% 0.6
27. Vienna, Virginia 86.7   19.2% 13.6% 56.4% 30 $93,043 6.5% 18.9% 14,453 2.5% 16.3 0.4% 1.2
28. Natick, Massachusetts 86.4   28.2% 14.3% 52.5% 31 $85,715 7.4% 8% 32,170 2.8% 22.4 0.2% 1.2
29. Melrose, Massachusetts 86.2   29.7% 16.3% 40.1% 30 $78,144 6.7% 4.8% 27,134 3.3% 11.8 0.4% 0.9
30. Topsfield, Massachusetts 86.2   15.9% 15.4% 52% 29 $104,475 6.4% 2.2% 6,141 1.7% 5.5 0.8% 0.2
31. Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan 86   22.3% 17.9% 68.1% 27 $109,264 6.5% 2.4% 9,764 2.1% 15 0.5% 0.4
32. Maywood, New Jersey 85.5   24.9% 17.5% 31.2% 26 $73,419 6.5% 15.4% 9,523 3.3% 12 0.3% 0.2
33. Livingston, New Jersey 85.3   13% 15.4% 57.7% 32 $108,049 7% 17.4% 27,391 1.8% 18.6 0.3% 1.2
34. Malverne, New York 84   15.3% 15.6% 36.7% 36 $87,197 6.5% 8% 8,934 1.6% 3.3 0.2% 0.9
35. Scotts Valley, California 83.1   22.8% 13.8% 40.9% 32 $88,573 6.8% 11.4% 11,385 2.5% 23.3 1.2% 1.3
36. Holden, Massachusetts 83   19.3% 14.2% 45.4% 27 $73,614 6.4% 2.6% 15,621 3.1% 6.5 0.4% 1.2
37. Aurora, Ohio 82.6   18.9% 15.5% 41.3% 28 $78,876 6.6% 4.3% 13,556 3.6% 11.4 0.9% 0.4
38. Hawthorne, New Jersey 82.3   26.4% 15.5% 25.6% 25 $65,451 6.3% 6.2% 18,218 3.4% 14.1 0.3% 0.6
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