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.
|Average one way commute||30min||29min||26min|
|Workers who drive to work||71.8%||71.1%||76.4%|
|Workers who carpool||6.4%||7.5%||9.3%|
|Workers who take public transit||10.9%||9.9%||5.1%|
|Workers who bicycle||0.7%||0.8%||0.6%|
|Workers who walk||1.7%||4.9%||2.8%|
|Working from home||8.3%||4.7%||4.6%|
|Airports (within 30 miles of city center)||0 (1)||6||354|
|Amtrak train stations (within 30 miles of city center)||0 (5)||8||711|