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 5,718 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.
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 88.75% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Westover is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Westover who work in teaching (18.16%), office and administrative support (16.68%), and management occupations (16.56%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 13.16% 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.
One of the nice things about Westover is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy 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 34.00 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.
In Westover, a lot of people use the subway to get to work every day though Westover is a relatively small town. Those that ride the subway are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.
The population of Westover has a very low overall level of education: only 9.57% of people over 25 hold a 4-year college degree or higher.
The per capita income in Westover in 2010 was $11,474, which is low income relative to Maryland and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $45,896 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 African.
The most common language spoken in Westover is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.