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 15,910 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.

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Westport is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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 very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Westport really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Westport perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

Westport is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

The citizens of Westport are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 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.