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 5,705 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Westover is the 115th largest community in Maryland. Much of the housing stock in Westover was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.
Housing costs in Westover 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 Maryland.
Westover is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 91.27% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Westover is a town of professionals, service providers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Westover who work in management occupations (17.41%), teaching (13.46%), and office and administrative support (11.89%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 34.36% 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.
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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
One downside of living in Westover is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Westover, the average commute to work is 32.40 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.
Even though Westover is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the subway for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.
The percentage of people in Westover with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 10.70% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Westover in 2018 was $11,828, which is low income relative to Maryland and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $47,312 for a family of four. However, Westover contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
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, Irish, English, Italian, and French.
The most common language spoken in Westover is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.