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. About 14,183 people live in Westport.

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.


Total Population 15,647
Male Share of the Population 49%
Female Share of the Population 51%
Senior Citizens 22%
Employed Population 16+ 7,757
Age of the Population 46


% of people married 60.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 30.3%
Median Earnings25+ $47,799
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $37,599
Median Earnings With High School Degree $40,787


Median Family Income $94,151
% Above Poverty Level 96.6%
% Below Poverty Level 3.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%


People Living Alone 25.3%
Median Gross Rent $954
Median House Value $355,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 3.3%
US/American 0.2%
English 17%
Irish 15.2%

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


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

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
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
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 10,329 $85,833
Dartmouth 34,384 $85,269
Fairhaven 15,971 $76,266
Fall River 88,756 $42,320
New Bedford 94,873 $45,506
Swansea 16,005 $89,625

Westport Public Libraries

Westport Free Public Library
Westport, Massachusetts
(508) 636-1100

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Student/teacher ratio: 12.3

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