Westport, MA
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Westport is a medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 15,988 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Westport is the 126th largest community in Massachusetts.

Housing costs in Westport are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Massachusetts.

Westport is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Westport is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Westport who work in office and administrative support (11.36%), management occupations (10.32%), and sales jobs (9.34%).

Also of interest is that Westport has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Because of many things, Westport is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Westport a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Westport has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Westport’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One of the nice things about Westport is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

The population of Westport is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 35.29% of adults in Westport have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Westport in 2010 was $38,236, which is lower middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $152,944 for a family of four. However, Westport contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Westport home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Westport residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Westport include Portuguese, French, English, Irish, and French Canadian.

The most common language spoken in Westport is English. Other important languages spoken here include Portuguese and French.