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Overview

Introduction to Westport, Massachusetts

Westport, Massachusetts, in Bristol county, is 7 miles W of New Bedford, Massachusetts and 52 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is part of the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metropolitan statistical area.

Westport History

Westport was settled by the Sisson family in 1670. Initially it was a part of Dartmouth, but became independent in 1787. It was named Westport because of its location on the western port of the Buzzards Bay. The town suffered damages during King Philip’s War.

Westport and nearby Attractions

  • Horseneck Beach State Reservation
  • Westport Yacht Club
  • Camp Jennings
  • Westport Townhall
  • Westport Historical Society
  • Camp Noquochoke

Things To Do In Westport

The Horseneck Beach and Westport River are popular destinations for recreation. The barrier beach is spread over 600 acres and is ideal for long walks as well as bird watching. The Elizabeth Islands are visible from the beach.

Westport Transportation

Air transportation is provded by Providence International Airport.

Westport Higher Education

The University of Massachusetts is nearby.

People

Total Population 15,707
Male Share of the Population 50.1%
Female Share of the Population 49.9%
Senior Citizens 21.9%
Employed Population 16+ 7,602
Age of the Population 46

Families

% of people married 57.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 30.8%
Median Earnings25+ $48,894
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $32,250
Median Earnings With High School Degree $41,707

Wealth

Median Family Income $93,597
% Above Poverty Level 95.8%
% Below Poverty Level 4.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 3.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.3%
% Using Public Transportation 1%

Housing

People Living Alone 25.2%
Median Gross Rent $945
Median House Value $357,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 3.3%
US/American 0.2%
English 18.8%
Irish 13.4%

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

Westport Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles W of New Bedford, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 52 miles S of Boston, Massachusetts
County Bristol
Metro Area Providence - Fall River - Warwick
Standard Zip Codes 02790
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.6
Longitude -71.08

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 NEW BEDFORD
Distance 7.9 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 37 F
Apr Temp 38 to 56 F
Jul Temp 65 to 83 F
Oct Temp 46 to 63 F
Annual Precip 50.7 inches
Station ROCHESTER
Distance 15.2 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 38 F
Apr Temp 37 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 63 F
Annual Precip 49.8 inches
Station KINGSTON
Distance 24.8 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 38 F
Apr Temp 36 to 57 F
Jul Temp 60 to 81 F
Oct Temp 40 to 64 F
Annual Precip 51.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Horseneck Beach (02790)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Acushnet 10,374 $85,895
Dartmouth 34,482 $83,770
Fairhaven 16,027 $76,794
Fall River 88,727 $44,023
New Bedford 94,909 $46,114
Swansea 16,142 $87,087

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

Westport Public Libraries

Library
Westport Free Public Library
408 OLD COUNTY RD.
Westport, Massachusetts
(508) 636-1100

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Westport High Schools

WESTPORT HIGH
19 MAIN RD
508-636-1050
Serves 493 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.3

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