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 16,034 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 (11.46%), office and administrative support (9.46%), and healthcare (9.35%).
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.
The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Westport has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Westport a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.
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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
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: 36.61% of adults in Westport have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Westport in 2018 was $41,251, which is lower middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $165,004 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 Spanish.