Needham, Massachusetts Population 2024

32,255

Needham is a city located in Norfolk County Massachusetts. Needham has a 2024 population of 32,255. Needham is currently growing at a rate of 0.46% annually and its population has increased by 3.46% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 31,177 in 2020.

The average household income in Needham is $267,951 with a poverty rate of 2.75%. The median age in Needham is 43.3 years: 43.6 years for males, and 43 years for females.

Needham Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Needham was:

  • White: 83.84%
  • Asian: 9.56%
  • Two or more races: 3.81%
  • Black or African American: 2.35%
  • Other race: 0.2%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.13%
  • Native American: 0.1%
Land Area (mi²)
12.3 sq mi
Density (mi²)
2,622.80/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
3.46% (1,078)
The current population of Needham, Massachusetts is 32,255 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates (released May 2024). The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 31,177.

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White26,79483.84%
Asian3,0559.56%
Two or more races1,2183.81%
Black or African American7512.35%
Other race650.2%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander430.13%
Native American310.1%

White

Asian

Two or more races

Black or African American

Other race

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Native American

Needham Population by Race

Needham Population Pyramid 2024

Needham Median Age

43.3

Total

43.6

Male

43

Female

Needham Adults

There are 23,154 adults, (5,829 of whom are seniors) in Needham.

Needham Age Dependency

84.5

Age Dependency Ratio

33.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

50.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Needham Sex Ratio

Female16,78052.51%
Male15,17747.49%

Needham Population by Age

Needham Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All11,3122.7685.814.2
Married8,0713.2393.66.4
Non Family2,2701.1959.440.6
Female7822.4484.815.2
Male1892.9674.125.9

3.14

Average Family Size

2.76

Average Household Size

85.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Needham Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
9th to 12th Grade2501.18%
Associates Degree7703.63%
Bachelors Degree6,58631.09%
Graduate Degree10,60150.04%
High School Graduate1,4576.88%
Less Than 9th Grade1480.7%
Some College1,3746.49%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Needham Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Needham Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
White17,89217,69614,499
Asian1,9801,8861,737
Black551449292
Hispanic512506426
2+ Races496490455
Islander434343
Other Race191917
Native American151511

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 100%.

Needham Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Bachelors Degree$103,947$160,789$73,504
Graduate Degree$144,119$184,190$89,870
High School Graduate$55,375$73,639$34,926
Less Than 9th Grade$95,344$118,250$0
Overall$110,378$160,208$72,963
Some College$39,151$55,739$31,071

$110,378

Average Earnings

$160,208

Average Male

$72,963

Average Female

Needham Earnings by Educational Attainment

Needham Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Needham Language

81.25% of Needham residents speak only English, while 18.75% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 9.54% of the population.

Needham Language

Needham Poverty by Race

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White25,8636202.4%
Asian2,9851404.69%
Multiple1,187968.09%
Hispanic943596.26%
Black73730.41%

2.75%

Overall Poverty Rate

2.09%

Male Poverty Rate

3.35%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Needham

The race most likely to be in poverty in Needham is Multiple, with 8.09% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Needham is Black, with 0.41% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 0.21%. Among those working part-time, it was 3.12%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 7.9%.

Needham Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade8.21%
Some College4.2%
Bachelors or Greater2.43%
High School1.62%

Needham Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Unemployed13.17%
Female Unemployed3.01%
Female Employed1.69%
Male Employed0.45%

Needham Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Needham Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Families$245,838$304,664
Households$206,261$267,951
Married Families$250,001$-999,999,999
Non Families$73,993$113,041

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Needham Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

66.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

70.4%

Male Marriage Rate

63.3%

Female Marriage Rate

Needham Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Needham Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 35-44, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Needham Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Needham Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

701

Number of Veterans

668

Male Veterans

33

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
Vietnam218
First Gulf War170
Korea99
World War II71
Second Gulf War63

Needham Veterans by War

count

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Age Group
Veterans
75+370
35 to 54148
65 to 74129
18 to 3441
55 to 6413

Needham Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
White6693.4%
2+ Races325.41%
Hispanic192.8%

Needham Veterans by Race

Needham Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

0%

Veteran Poverty Rate

21.42%

Veteran Disability Rate

Needham Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

67.8%

Labor Force Participation

64.3%

Employment Rate

5.2%

Unemployment Rate

Needham Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Needham Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Needham Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

55.25%

Born in Needham

84.23%

Native Born

15.77%

Foreign Born

4.37%

Non Citizen

11.4%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

84.23% of Needham residents were born in the United States, with 55.25% having been born in Massachusetts. 4.37% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Europe.

Needham Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202432,2551490.46%
202332,1061490.47%
202231,9571490.47%
202131,8086312.02%
202031,1772070.67%
201930,9702350.76%
201830,7353061.01%
201730,4292620.87%
201630,1673141.05%
201529,8533131.06%
201429,5403001.03%
201329,2402350.81%
201229,0052190.76%
201128,786-100-0.35%
201028,88600%

Needham Population by Year