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Overview

Introduction to Westport, Connecticut

Westport, Connecticut is 3 miles NE of Norwalk, Connecticut and 42 miles NE of New York, New York. The town is part of the Stamford - Norwalk metropolitan statistical area.

Westport History

In 1639, colonists settled along the Saugatuck River. Land was taken from Weston, Fairfield and Norwalk and the town of Westport was officially incorporated in 1835. It developed as an agricultural community and was known as the leading onion growing center of the nation. A shipping center also developed in Westport in the 1830s. The British expeditionary force landed in Westport's Compo Beach in 1777 and went on to fight the Battle of Ridgefield. A railroad arrived in this town in 1842.

Westport and nearby Attractions

  • Arts Center
  • Mid Fairfield Youth Museum
  • Compo Beach
  • Roinick Observatory
  • Westport Nature Center
  • Westport Country Playhouse

Things To Do In Westport

There are a number of popular tourist attractions in and around Westport. One can visit the Greens Farm Station, the Roinick Observatory, the Nature Center for Environmental Activities Library, the Mid Fairfield Youth Museum and the Westport Town Hall. There are numerous shopping malls dotting the streets of this town. A range of entertainment facilities are offered by these shopping centers as well. In addition, Westport hosts annual celebrations like the Fiesta Del Norte and the Yankee Doodle Fair.

Westport Transportation

Facilities for air transportation are provided by Igor I. Sikorsky Memorial Airport, in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Westport Higher Education

For higher education, one can enroll at Fairfield University, Norwalk Community College or Sacred Heart University.

People

Total Population 27,343
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 16.3%
Employed Population 16+ 11,710
Age of the Population 45

Families

% of people married 61.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 76.6%
Median Earnings25+ $87,441
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,417
Median Earnings With High School Degree $33,839

Wealth

Median Family Income $208,989
% Above Poverty Level 95.3%
% Below Poverty Level 4.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 40 minutes
% Working from Home 14%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.1%
% Using Public Transportation 19.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 19.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,870
Median House Value $1,041,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.5%
US/American 0.2%
English 11.3%
Irish 16.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Westport Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles NE of Norwalk, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 42 miles NE of New York, New York
County Fairfield
Standard Zip Codes 06880
P.O. Box Zip Codes 06881
Company Zip Codes 06888, 06889
Phone Area Codes 203
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.141
Longitude -73.358

Westport Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station NORWALK GAS PLANT
Distance 3.5 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 64 F
Annual Precip 48.3 inches
Station STAMFORD 5 N
Distance 10.1 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 38 F
Apr Temp 38 to 62 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 42 to 65 F
Annual Precip 52.7 inches
Station BRIDGEPORT SIKORSKY AP
Distance 11.8 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 37 F
Apr Temp 41 to 57 F
Jul Temp 66 to 82 F
Oct Temp 46 to 63 F
Annual Precip 44.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Westport, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Saugatuck (06880)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Westport Public Libraries

Library
Westport Public Library
ARNOLD BERNHARD PLAZA
Westport, Connecticut
(203) 227-8411

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Westport High Schools

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STAPLES HIGH SCHOOL
70 NORTH AVE.
203-341-1200
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,398 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.9

HOMEBOUND
110 MYRTLE AVENUE
203-341-1025
A Non-traditional School

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