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Needham, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The Needham Census Designated Place had a population of 29,265 as of July 1, 2015.

The primary coordinate point for Needham is located at latitude 42.2816 and longitude -71.2424 in Norfolk County. The formal boundaries for the Needham Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 12.29 sq. miles and a water area of 0.43 sq. miles. Norfolk County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 174 feet.

The Needham Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2378176) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Needham population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2015.

Needham Census Designated Place, MA Boundary Map

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Needham, MA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2015)

POPULATION

Total Population 29,265
Population in Households 28,463
Population in Familes 25,190
Population in Group Qrtrs 802
Population Density1 2,382
Diversity Index2 25
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 10,436
Average Household Size 2.73
Family Households 7,817
Average Family Size 3

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 11,313 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 8,776 (77.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,660 (14.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 877 ( 7.8%)
Median Home Value $799,932
Average Home Value $835,090
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $130,551
Average Household Income $182,929
Per Capita Income $65,306
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)

GROWTH RATES

2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.25% 0.46%
Households 0.17% 0.41%
Families 0.06% 0.35%
Median Household Income   2.89%
Per Capita Income   2.85%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

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Needham, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Needham to the other 244 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Massachusetts by rank and percentile using July 1, 2015 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 45 82nd
Population Density1 # 64 74th
Diversity Index2 # 97 61st
Median Household Income # 9 97th
Per Capita Income # 8 97th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Massachusetts Census Data Comparison Tool.