Area: 12.7 sq miles (32.89 km²)
Population: 28,911 (2000)
Commuter rail service from Boston's South Station is provided by the MBTA with four stops in Needham on its Needham Line Needham Heights, Needham Center, Needham Junction and Hersey.
Needham's area is roughly in the shape of an acute, northward-pointing triangle. The Charles River forms nearly all of the southern and northeastern boundaries, the town line with Wellesley forming the third, northwestern one. Needham has been home to a Coca-Cola bottling plant since 1986. Trader Joe's also operates a packing plant in Needham.
Mike Milbury, former player of Boston Bruins and now Sportscaster, lives in Needham.
Aly Raisman, US Women's artistic gymnast and 2-time Olympic Gold medalist and bronze medalist, currently lives in Needham.
Ben Karlin, executive producer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report, grew up in Needham.