Westwood is a somewhat small town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 16,400 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 92.19% 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 (16.69%), sales jobs (12.44%), and business and financial occupations (10.31%).
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.
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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.03% 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 educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.
Westwood 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, Westwood’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
One downside of living in Westwood is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Westwood, the average commute to work is 36.10 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
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. 71.47% 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 $71,438, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $285,752 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.