Westwood is a somewhat small town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 14,979 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 92.66% 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 (18.22%), sales jobs (12.40%) and business and financial occupations (12.26%).
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.
A relatively large number of people in Westwood telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.52% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.
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 33.96 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.
Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Westwood, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Westwood is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 69.93% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.
The per capita income in Westwood in 2010 was $65,445, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $261,780 for a family of four.
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, French and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Westwood is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Italian.
|NUMBER OF HOMES AND APARTMENTS||5,400|
|WESTWOOD HOME OWNERSHIP|
|% OWNER OCCUPIED||86.57%|
|% RENTER OCCUPIED||13.43%|
|TYPE OF WESTWOOD HOMES|
|SINGLE FAMILY DETACHED||83.20%|
|ROWHOUSES AND ATTACHED HOMES||0.46%|
|SMALL APARTMENT BUILDINGS||1.51%|
|COMPLEXES OR HIGH RISE APARTMENTS||14.50%|
|SIZE OF WESTWOOD HOMES|
|5 OR MORE BEDROOMS||11.42%|
|AGE OF WESTWOOD HOMES|
|NEWER HOMES (2000 OR LATER)||6.73%|
|ESTABLISHED, BUT NOT OLD HOMES (1970-1999)||30.66%|
|WELL-ESTABLISHED, OLD HOMES (1940-1969)||48.87%|
|HISTORIC (1939 OR BEFORE)||13.74%|
|WESTWOOD REAL ESTATE INFORMATION||DETAILS|
|MEDIAN HOME VALUE||$701,674|
|MEDIAN RENTAL PRICE||$1,585|
|HOME VALUE RANGE|
|$0 - $58,000||1.60%|
|$58,001 - $116,000||0.41%|
|$116,001 - $231,000||0.70%|
|$231,001 - $347,000||3.29%|
|$347,001 - $462,000||8.73%|
|$462,001 - $578,000||17.38%|
|$578,001 - $867,000||36.29%|
|$867,001 - $1,156,000||19.47%|
|PEOPLE OF WESTWOOD||DETAILS|
|UNDER 5 YEARS||4.61%|
|5 TO 17||23.53%|
|18 TO 24||3.69%|
|25 TO 34||4.59%|
|35 TO 54||30.02%|
|55 TO 64||14.42%|
|65 YEARS AND OVER||19.14%|
|EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT OF ADULTS|
|HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES||97.37%|
|MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME||$128,813|
|PER CAPITA INCOME||$65,445|
|INDIVIDUALS BELOW POVERTY LEVEL||2.78%|
|INDUSTRIES PEOPLE WORK IN||Professional, scientific, and technical services (17.07%)
Information Technology (4.19%)
Public Service (3.81%)
Real estate (2.30%)
|BLACK OR AFRICAN AMERICAN||0.34%|
|AMERICAN INDIAN AND ALASKA NATIVE||0.00%|
|NATIVE HAWAIIAN AND OTHER PACIFIC ISLANDERS||0.00%|
|SOME OTHER RACE ALONE||0.00%|
|TWO OR MORE RACES||1.17%|
|HISPANIC OR LATINO (OF ANY RACE)||2.75%|
|ETHNICITIES PRESENT||Irish (31.80%)
French Canadian (2.38%)
|LANGUAGES SPOKEN||English (84.19%)
Other Asian languages (1.07%)
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