This rating is a weighted average of commute time, crime rate, population, median salary, and more.
This score adds annual household income and cost of living to the city rating.
Density (Population per mile²)
Compared to New York, Needham has a very low population density. Needham is perfect for those who like a quiet city.
Needham, MA is a great place to live. It has its pros and cons like any city, but with a quality of life rating of 10/10 and an overall value of 9/10, it’s no surprise why so many people choose to live here.
Population density is a way of determining how crowded an area is. Needham has a population density of 2,271, with 28,632 current residents.
Out of the 28,632 current residents, 48% are male and 52% are female. 66% of the residents are married and 34% are single.
- 56% Sun
- 45% Rain
- 48% Snow
51°F average temperature
- 52 years Median home age
- $602,420 Median home price
- -3.34% Home appreciation rate
- 11.91% Annual property tax
As for living in Needham, the air quality is 27% and the weather, on average, is 56% sunny, 45% rainy, and 48% snowy. The average temperature is 51°F.
Whether you’re looking to buy or rent a home in Needham, you should know that 78.2% of homes are owned while 18.6% of homes are rented, and 3.1% of homes are vacant. The median price of a home is $602,420, the median age of homes is 52 years, the annual home appreciation is -3.34% and the annual property tax is 11.91%.
Crime rate (per 100,000)1
When looking at the community of Needham, it’s important to determine the crime rate. Needham’s crime rate is 1 total number of crimes reported per 100,000 total population. The average age of residents in Needham is 42 years and the breakdown of political affiliations is 58.46% Democratic, 39.95% Republican, and 1.59% Independent.
Student teacher ratio 1:14
Management, Business, Art & Sciences
Sales & Office Occupations
Production, Transportation & Material Moving
Natural Resources, Construction & Maintenance
96%High school diploma
6%Some college or associates degree
33%Graduate or professional degree
When looking at Needham, it’s important to understand employment statistics. 6.10% of residents are unemployed in Needham (which does not include the percentage of residents who are no longer in the labor force). Of the employed Needham residents: 27.2% of employed residents work in the management and business field, 36.87% are in the arts and sciences field, 6.3% are in the customer service field, 22.6% are in the sales field, 0.06% work in farming, fishing, and forestry, 3.8% of employed residents work in the construction field, and 3.3% work in production. When it comes to education, the ratio of teachers to students is 1:14. The percentage of residents who have graduated high school is 96.39%, 6.46% of residents have an associate’s degree, 31.08% of residents have a bachelor’s degree, and 33.37% have a master’s degree.
Average commute time
Daily breakdown: by transport type
Work at home
If you plan on commuting to work in Needham, you should be aware that the average commute time is 30 minutes, compared to the national average commute time of 26 minutes. When it comes to commuting, residents of Needham have a few different options. 73% of commuters use their own cars, 4% of commuters carpool, 12% of commuters use the transit system, and 7% of residents work from home.