Westwood is a somewhat small town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 16,127 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Westwood is the 131st largest community in Massachusetts.
Westwood home prices are not only among the most expensive in Massachusetts, but Westwood real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Westwood is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 92.72% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Westwood is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Westwood who work in management occupations (17.44%), sales jobs (12.37%), and business and financial occupations (10.46%).
Of important note, Westwood is also a town of artists. Westwood has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Westwood’s character.
Also of interest is that Westwood has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.33% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
In addition, Westwood is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.
Because of many things, Westwood is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Westwood 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, Westwood has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Westwood’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
In Westwood, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 35.79 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.
Despite being a small town, Westwood has a lot of people using the train to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the train are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.
If knowledge is power, Westwood is a pretty powerful place. 69.88% of the adults in Westwood have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Westwood in 2018 was $71,235, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $284,940 for a family of four.
Westwood is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Westwood home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Westwood residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Westwood include Irish, Italian, English, German, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Westwood is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Arabic.