Needham, MA

Population: 30,167 livability score shield

Key findings

  • Needham has a Livability Score of 83/100, which is considered exceptional
  • Needham crime rates are 67% lower than the Massachusetts average
  • Cost of living in Needham is 38% higher than the Massachusetts average
  • Needham real estate prices are 111% higher than the Massachusetts average
  • Rental prices in Needham are 29% higher than the Massachusetts average

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      Top Rated Schools in Needham

      Name Grades Students Proficiency
      Needham High9 - 121,68687%
      Pollard Middle7 - 885484%
      High Rock School6 - 645080%
      BroadmeadowKG - 554378%
      Hillside Elementary SchoolKG - 548776%
      William MitchellKG - 549872%
      Newman Elementary SchoolPK - 575560%
      John Elementary SchoolKG - 539359%
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      Needham Reviews

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      Great School, Almost No Diversity
      Attractions5/10
      Community6/10
      Nightlife3/10
      Dining3/10
      Shopping4/10
      Needham is a nice little town, with excellent schools and a robust LGBT support commmunity. The biggest problems that I’ve found, in living here, are that it might be difficult for middle-class families to own property. It might because of the contractors in town that tend to tear down older and smaller homes to build these high-scale ones, but whatever the reason Needham social and racial diversity really takes a hit.

      A lot of the African America and Latino population live out in Boston and come to town for school, so it’s not strictly white, but the population overall generally is made up of middle-age and white.

      Conversely, the town is safe and it’s beautiful, worth the price to live here if you can afford it. The people are friendly, and anything you can’t find here, Boston isn’t too far away. Going there is also great for entertainment or a night on the town as there isn’t too much in Needham for that. However, the schools are a plus, can’t say enough about how good they are.
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      Source: The Needham, MA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).