Westover is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 5,786 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Westover is the 115th largest community in Maryland. Westover has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.
Westover is a blue-collar town, with 59.36% of people working in blue-collar occupations, while the average in America is just 27.7%. Overall, Westover is a town of production and manufacturing workers, service providers, and farmers, fishers, or foresters. There are especially a lot of people living in Westover who work in farm management occupations (18.27%), personal care services (15.40%), and office and administrative support (6.38%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 21.08% 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.
Residents will find that the town is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Westover is worth considering.
Westover 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.
As is often the case in a small town, Westover doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.
The citizens of Westover have a very low rate of college education: just 9.27% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, compared to a national average of 21.84% for all cities.
The per capita income in Westover in 2010 was $10,071, which is low income relative to Maryland and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $40,284 for a family of four. Westover also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 34.92% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Westover is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Westover home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Westover residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Westover include German, English, Italian, and African.
The most common language spoken in Westover is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.