Needham is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 31,388 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 93.88% 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 (18.55%), sales jobs (11.24%), and business and financial occupations (11.19%).
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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.81% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.59 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Needham use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Needham‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the train. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
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 76.00% 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 2018 was $78,995, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $315,980 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, English, Italian, German, and Russian.
The most common language spoken in Needham is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.