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Overview

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.

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.

People

Total Population 23,232
Male Share of the Population 49.6%
Female Share of the Population 50.4%
Senior Citizens 11.8%
Employed Population 16+ 11,654
Age of the Population 42

Families

% of people married 64%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 67.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $141,754
% Above Poverty Level 97%
% Below Poverty Level 3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 4.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.7%
% Using Public Transportation 1.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 14.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,580
Median House Value $465,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 21.4%
US/American 0.2%
English 13.7%
Irish 26.3%

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

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

Notes:

  • 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
Station BEDFORD
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
Station READING
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

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 Population Median Family Income
Acton 22,925 $152,558
Carlisle 5,074 $188,889
Chelmsford 34,757 $118,396
Littleton 9,359 $130,450
Lowell 109,349 $57,695
Tyngsborough 12,053 $118,161

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

Westford Public Libraries

Library
J. V. Fletcher Library
50 MAIN ST.
Westford, Massachusetts
(978) 692-5555
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30 PATTEN ROAD
978-692-5570
Serves 1,353 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.1

NASHOBA VALLEY TECH H S
100 LITTLETON ROAD
978-692-4711
A Vocational School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 495 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.6

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