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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population29,853
Male Share of the Population48.7%
Female Share of the Population51.3%
Senior Citizens17.6%
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population43

Families

% of people married62.2%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher74.9%
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 Level96.6%
% Below Poverty Level3.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time30 minutes
% Working from Home7.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.4%
% Using Public Transportation11%

Housing

People Living Alone22.2%
Median Gross Rent$1,449
Median House Value$684,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)19.9%
US/American0.5%
English10.1%
Irish23.7%

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

Needham Almanac

CategoryValue
Nearest Medium City 3 miles S of Newton, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City10 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Norfolk County
Standard Zip Codes2492, 2494
Phone Area Codes508,617,774,857,339,000, 781
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude42.283
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)

StationBLUE HILL OBS MILTON
Distance7.5 miles
Jan Temp18 to 34 F
Apr Temp37 to 56 F
Jul Temp62 to 81 F
Oct Temp43 to 60 F
Annual Precip51.1 inches
StationWALPOLE 2
Distance8.1 miles
Jan Temp18 to 36 F
Apr Temp37 to 58 F
Jul Temp62 to 83 F
Oct Temp41 to 62 F
Annual Precip46.5 inches
StationBEDFORD
Distance14.1 miles
Jan Temp16 to 35 F
Apr Temp36 to 58 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp39 to 62 F
Annual Precip46.9 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 Jct (2492)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Dedham25,224$109,304
Dover2,441$186,250
Newton87,675$161,101
Waltham62,438$91,329
Wellesley28,832$191,875
Westwood15,094$157,556

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

Needham Public Libraries

Needham Free Public Library
1139 HIGHLAND AVE. NEEDHAM, MA 02494 (42.28774, -71.234883)
Needham, Massachusetts
(781) 455-7559

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Needham Hospitals

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital - Needham
(Non-profit)
148 Chestnut Street
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Needham Public Schools

Hillside Elementary
28 Glen Gary Rd
(781) 455-0461
Primary
Total Enrollment 443
Newman Elementary
1155 Central Ave
(781) 455-0416
Primary
Total Enrollment 713
John Eliot
135 Wellesley Ave
(781) 455-0452
Primary
Total Enrollment 409
Broadmeadow
120 Broadmeadow Rd
(781) 455-0448
Primary
Total Enrollment 590
Pollard Middle
200 Harris Ave
(781) 455-0480
Middle
Total Enrollment 832
William Mitchell
187 Brookline St
(781) 455-0466
Primary
Total Enrollment 482
Needham High
609 Webster St
(781) 455-0800
High
Total Enrollment 1503
High Rock School
77 Ferndale Rd
Middle
Total Enrollment 437

Needham Private Schools

The Walker School
1968 Central Ave
Elementary
Total Enrollment 73
St Joseph Elementary School
90 Pickering St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 426
St Sebastians School
1191 Greendale Ave
Secondary
Total Enrollment 375
Riverside Life Skills School
255 Highland Ave
Secondary
Total Enrollment 2
Theophany School
754 Greendale Ave
Elementary
Total Enrollment 3

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