Westford, Massachusetts

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Westford, Massachusetts

Introduction to Westford, Massachusetts

Westford, Massachusetts, in Middlesex county, is 6 miles SW of Lowell, Massachusetts and 24 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is part of the Lowell metropolitan statistical area. About 20,754 people live in Westford.

Westford History

Westford was originally a part of Chelmsford, which is now a neighboring town. It was established in 1635 and was incorporated as a separate town in 1729. Its major industries from the late 18th to early 19th centuries revolved around the production of apples, granite and worsted yarn. However, it eventually became a hub for technology firms.

Westford and nearby Attractions

  • Parish Center for the Arts
  • Roudenbush Community Center
  • Westford Museum and Historical Society
  • J.V. Fletcher Library
  • The Butterfly Place
  • Nashoba Valley Ski Resort

Things To Do In Westford

Westford has several interesting places. The arts and community centers regularly hold concerts and exhibitions. Kimball Farm is an excellent miniature golf course which also hosts events featuring live music and classic car shows. The Westford Museum provides interesting insights into the area’s history.

Westford Transportation

Boston Logan International Airport is a half an hour drive away.

Westford Higher Education

The University of Massachusetts is nearby.

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High Points

Westford strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Massachusetts):

Category Trophy
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Westford Low Violent Crime
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Westford Low Rate of Poverty
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Westford Low Property Crime
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Westford People in Middle Class or Better
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Westford Median Family Income
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Westford College Educated Adults
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Westford Well-Paid Single Men

Comparative Profile of Westford, Massachusetts

Comparing Westford to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Massachusetts (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Children Under 5 Years Old 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 9 8
Male Share of the Population 9 8
Well-Paid Single Women 8 7
Age of the Population 6 3
Racial Diversity 4 8
Female Share of the Population 2 3
Senior Citizens 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 10
Average Household Size 10 10


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 10 10
People Above Poverty 10 10
Median Family Income 10 10
College Educated Adults 10 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 9 7
Public Transportation Use 7 5
Short Commute Times 2 4
Walking and Biking to Work 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 6
Housing Recently Built 8 9
Affordability of Rents 3 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 1
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 1
People Living Alone 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 10 10
Low Property Crime 10 9

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Westford Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles SW of Lowell, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 24 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Middlesex
Standard Zip Codes 01886
Phone Area Codes 978
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.579
Longitude -71.438

Westford Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station LOWELL
Distance 6.1 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 33 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 85 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 43.1 inches
Distance 10.3 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 35 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46.9 inches
Distance 16.1 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 35 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 62 F
Annual Precip 48.3 inches
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Westford Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 20,754 100%
Male 10,324 49.7%
Female 10,430 50.3%
Under 18 6,601 31.8%
18+ 14,153 68.2%
65+ 1,501 7.2%
Median Age 36.9
Average Family Size 3.31
White 19,444 93.7%
African-American 62 0.3%
Asian 994 4.8%
American Indian & Alaskan 13 0.1%
Other 62 0.3%
Mixed Race 176 0.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 229 1.1%

Estimated Westford Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 21,461
Growth 707
Growth % 3.4%

Westford Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Irish 22%
English 12.7%
Italian 11.2%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.1%
German 6.7%
French Canadian 5.7%
US/American 4.9%
French (except Basque) 4.4%
Polish 3.5%
Scottish 2.6%
Greek 2.1%
Swedish 1.8%
Scotch-Irish 1.6%
Portuguese 1.4%
Norwegian 1.3%
Dutch 0.9%
Russian 0.8%
European 0.8%
Finnish 0.7%
Lithuanian 0.6%
Hungarian 0.6%
Canadian 0.5%
Lebanese 0.5%
Austrian 0.4%
Ukrainian 0.4%
Armenian 0.4%
British 0.4%
Swiss 0.4%
Danish 0.3%
Northern European 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
Nigerian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Forge Village (01886)
Nabnasset (01886)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Westford 20,754 $104,029
Acton 20,331 $108,189
Carlisle 4,717 $142,350
Chelmsford 33,858 $82,676
Littleton 8,184 $83,365
Lowell 105,167 $45,901
Tyngsborough 11,081 $78,680

Westford Public Libraries

J. V. Fletcher Library
Westford, Massachusetts
(978) 692-5555
Library Web Site

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Starbucks in Westford

(As of 2005)
Westford Valley Marketplace
174 Littleton Road
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Westford High Schools (2004)

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Serves 1,353 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.1

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Serves 495 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.6

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