Needham 83 Exceptional
Needham Livability #16 ranked city in Massachusetts#1,904 ranked city in the USARanks better than 93% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Needham Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Needham Cost of Living Cost of living is 38% higher than Massachusetts
18181% more expensive than the US average
13030% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Needham cost of living
A+ Needham Crime Total crime is 67% lower than Massachusetts
Total crime
44681% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 22581% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-4%Year over year crime is down
Needham crime
A Needham Employment Household income is 97% higher than Massachusetts
Median household income
$139,477152% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$67,059125% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%28% lower than the US average
Needham employment
F Needham Housing Home value is 111% higher than Massachusetts
Median home value
$719,600290% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,45353% higher than the US average
Home ownership
83%31% higher than the US average
Needham real estate or Needham rentals
A+ Needham Schools HS graduation rate is 12% higher than Massachusetts
High school grad. rates
97%17% higher than the US average
School test scores
74%54% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
13:119% lower than the US average
Needham K-12 schools
A+ Needham User Ratings There are a total of 13 ratings in Needham
Overall user rating
83% 13 total ratings
User reviews rating
60% 1 total reviews
User surveys rating
88% 12 total surveys
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      Living in Needham, MA

      Needham, Massachusetts is a medium-sized city with a population of 30,167 residents. If we look at the most recent Census, Needham is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Asian and Black. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Needham might be a good fit as 89% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 49% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

      Whether you’re relocating to a new town to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Needham could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Massachusetts if you know where to look. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, crime, weather, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Needham and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Needham to Massachusetts and the national average.

      With a livability score of 78 out of 100, Needham is ranked #2,784 in the United States and #8 in Massachusetts. Clearly, Needham is doing something right, as this score ranks well above the average of most cities. Needham also ranks in the top 10 percent of all cities, which is no small feat! There are seven total categories that form the livability score. Needham ranks well for amenities (A+), crime (A+), education (A+) and employment (A). There are some categories that Needham ranks poorly for, including: cost of living (F), weather (D) and housing (F). It might be worth taking a closer look to figure out why.

      Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Needham has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive.

      Crime rates can be the deciding factor for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Needham gets top scores for their low violent crime rates of 29 crimes per 100,000 residents, which are significantly lower than the national average.

      The average school test scores in Needham are 83%. This far exceeds the national average and ensures that this educational system will provide your children with the skills and the tools they need to thrive.

      Needham real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Needham. Median real estate prices in Needham come in at $719,600, which is 111% higher than the Massachusetts average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Needham, the home price to income ratio is 5.2, which is 8.3% higher than the Massachusetts average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Needham area were 4.3% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 5.9%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

      Needham transportation information

      Average one way commute30min29min26min
      Workers who drive to work71.8%71.1%76.4%
      Workers who carpool6.4%7.5%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit10.9%9.9%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.7%0.8%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.7%4.9%2.8%
      Working from home8.3%4.7%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Needham, MA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).