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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population15,753
Male Share of the Population49.8%
Female Share of the Population50.2%
Senior Citizens22.9%
Employed Population 16+7,410
Age of the Population46

Families

% of people married55.3%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher34%
Median Earnings25+$50,338
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$32,083
Median Earnings With High School Degree$41,176

Wealth

Median Family Income$89,432
% Above Poverty Level95.2%
% Below Poverty Level4.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time26 minutes
% Working from Home3.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.3%
% Using Public Transportation0.8%

Housing

People Living Alone23.6%
Median Gross Rent$962
Median House Value$363,300

Ancestry

Portuguese36.7%
English17.4%
French Except Basque17.1%
Irish14%
Canadian7.5%
German4.7%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)4.3%
Polish4.2%
Italian3.6%
Scottish3%
Dutch0.9%
Swedish0.8%
Norwegian0.8%
Lebanese0.7%
Welsh0.7%
Arab0.7%
Lithuanian0.5%
Ukrainian0.3%
Greek0.3%
Czech0.3%
Haitian0.2%
African0.2%
Cape Verdean0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Albanian0.2%
Russian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Austrian0.2%
US/American0.2%
Swiss0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Australian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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Westport Almanac

CategoryValue
County Bristol County
Standard Zip Codes2790
Phone Area Codes508,774
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.66
Approximate Longitude-71.1

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)

StationNEW BEDFORD
Distance7.9 miles
Jan Temp20 to 37 F
Apr Temp38 to 56 F
Jul Temp65 to 83 F
Oct Temp46 to 63 F
Annual Precip50.7 inches
StationROCHESTER
Distance15.2 miles
Jan Temp19 to 38 F
Apr Temp37 to 57 F
Jul Temp62 to 83 F
Oct Temp42 to 63 F
Annual Precip49.8 inches
StationKINGSTON
Distance24.8 miles
Jan Temp19 to 38 F
Apr Temp36 to 57 F
Jul Temp60 to 81 F
Oct Temp40 to 64 F
Annual Precip51.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Acushnet10,414$84,432
Dartmouth34,555$84,242
Fairhaven16,078$80,231
Fall River88,902$45,780
New Bedford94,988$47,727
Swansea16,249$91,344

Westport Public Libraries

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

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Westport Public Schools

Westport High
19 Main Rd
ZIP: 2790
(508) 636-1050
High
Total Enrollment 351
Westport Middle
400 Old County Rd
ZIP: 2790
(508) 636-1090
Middle
Total Enrollment 404
Alice A Macomber
154 Gifford Road
ZIP: 2790
(508) 678-8671
Primary
Total Enrollment 292
Westport Elementary
380 Old County Rd
ZIP: 2790
(508) 636-1075
Primary
Total Enrollment 521

Westport Private Schools

The Montessori School Of The Angels
1180 American Legion Hwy
ZIP: 2790
Elementary
Total Enrollment 98
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