Needham is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 30,999 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Needham is the 56th largest community in Massachusetts.
Needham home prices are not only among the most expensive in Massachusetts, but Needham real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Needham is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 94.49% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Needham is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Needham who work in management occupations (17.30%), sales jobs (12.71%), and business and financial occupations (10.87%).
Also of interest is that Needham has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
A relatively large number of people in Needham telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.69% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
In addition, Needham is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.
Needham is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Needham’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.
One downside of living in Needham is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Needham, the average commute to work is 31.50 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
For the size of the town, public transportation in Needham is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Needham, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Needham, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Needham is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 74.57% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.
The per capita income in Needham in 2010 was $70,805, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $283,220 for a family of four.
Needham is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Needham home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Needham residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Needham include Irish, Italian, English, German, and Russian.
The most common language spoken in Needham is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Russian.