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 15,814 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, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Westport who work in office and administrative support (12.29%), sales jobs (10.82%), and management occupations (9.72%).
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.
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.
In terms of college education, Westport is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 30.28% of adults in Westport have a college degree.
The per capita income in Westport in 2010 was $35,776, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $143,104 for a family of four.
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 French , English, Irish, and French Canadian.
The most common language spoken in Westport is English. Other important languages spoken here include Portuguese and French.