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.
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, 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%).
Westport is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Westport’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Westport has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Westport has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Westport than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Westport may be for you.
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: 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.