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Welcome to Needham ...

Needham is located in Norfolk County<1>.

The location of Needham has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Needham has a population of 31,392 people<3> (see below for details).

Needham was settled in 1680 and was incorporated in 1711.

Needham is 170 feet [52 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Needham lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Area codes for Needham: (781) and (339)<5>

The ZIP code for Needham: 02492<6>

Websites for Needham ...

Official Website: www.town.needham.ma.us/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Needham had an population of 31,392 people. This is an increase of 8.68% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 8.58% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Needham had a population of 28,886 people. This makes Needham the county's 7th most populous community.

The population of Needham represents 0.44% of the total population of Massachusetts (which has 6,547,629 people), making it the state's 57th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 28,886 people, the population of Needham has remained roughly the same as the 2000 Census (which had a count of 28,911 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Needham.

Communities Also Named Needham ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 4 communities that are also named Needham - they are located in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia and Indiana.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Needham.

Communities near Needham ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Needham.

  • Boston [Suffolk County]
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    • Boston [Suffolk County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<7> to the northeast of Needham
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 691,531 people
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  • Cambridge [Middlesex County]
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    • Cambridge [Middlesex County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<7> to the northeast of Needham
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 119,192 people
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  • Brockton [Plymouth County]
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    • Brockton [Plymouth County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<7> to the southeast of Needham
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 95,770 people
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  • Lynn [Essex County]
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    • Lynn [Essex County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<7> to the northeast of Needham
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 94,539 people
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  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Quincy [Norfolk County]
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      • Quincy [Norfolk County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<7> to the east of Needham
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 94,421 people
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    • Somerville [Middlesex County]
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      • Somerville [Middlesex County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<7> to the northeast of Needham
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 80,935 people
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    • Framingham [Middlesex County]
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      • Framingham [Middlesex County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<7> to the west of Needham
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 73,892 people
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    • Waltham [Middlesex County]
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      • Waltham [Middlesex County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<7> to the north of Needham
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 62,069 people
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    • Medford [Middlesex County]
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      • Medford [Middlesex County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<7> to the northeast of Needham
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 60,847 people
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    • Malden [Middlesex County]
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      • Malden [Middlesex County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<7> to the northeast of Needham
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 59,922 people
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To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Needham. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Needham.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Needham. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Needham.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Needham. Our list includes 6 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Needham.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Needham ...

Looking for more information about Needham? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

While we are unaware of a Tourism page that is specific to Needham, there are neighboring communities that do have Tourism pages. A map of those communities can be found with our TripAdvisor Page for Needham.

Adding Needham to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Needham in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Needham was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Needham on our Genealogy Page.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Massachusetts

About Norfolk County

About Massachusetts

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Needham: www.town.needham.ma.us/

The official website for Norfolk County: www.norfolkcounty.org/

The official website for State of Massachusetts: https://www.mass.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Massachusetts' counties, including Norfolk, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Needham.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Needham - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Area code (339) is an overlay for area code (781).
<6>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a community (such as Needham). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Needham or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<7>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Needham) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Needham. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from NeedhamOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Needham. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.2834, Longitude: -71.2328       In this case, the coordinates for Needham have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).






















 

 

 

 

 


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