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.
Unlike some towns, Westport isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Westport are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Westport is a town of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Westport who work in management occupations (11.89%), office and administrative support (10.42%), and healthcare (9.22%).
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.
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 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: 36.87% of adults in Westport have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Westport in 2010 was $40,788, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $163,152 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, English, French, Irish, and French Canadian.
The most common language spoken in Westport is English. Other important languages spoken here include Portuguese and French.