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Overview

Introduction to Westwood, Massachusetts

Westwood, Massachusetts, in Norfolk county, is 8 miles S of Newton, Massachusetts and 13 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. Westwood is part of the surrounding Boston metro area.

Westwood History

The area that is now known as Westwood was originally a part of Dedham and was called West Dedham. It was incorporated as a separate entity in 1897. It was a dry town until 2005, when restaurants were allowed to apply for liquor licenses. Westwood has grown on to become one of the wealthiest towns of Massachusetts.

Westwood and nearby Attractions

  • Norfolk Golf Club
  • Pheasant Hill Recreation Park
  • Father MacAleer Playground
  • Buckmaster Pond
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Hyde Park

Things To Do In Westwood

The Norfolk Golf Club is an excellent place to spend a day playing the game. The town has facilities for playing tennis as well. One can also visit any of the several parks to relax or indulge in recreational activities.

Westwood Transportation

The nearest major airport is Boston Logan International.

Westwood Higher Education

Boston College is in the neighborhood.

People

Total Population 15,094
Male Share of the Population 48.2%
Female Share of the Population 51.8%
Senior Citizens 19.9%
Employed Population 16+ 7,389
Age of the Population 46

Families

% of people married 64.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 69.2%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $157,556
% Above Poverty Level 98.4%
% Below Poverty Level 1.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 34 minutes
% Working from Home 8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2%
% Using Public Transportation 16%

Housing

People Living Alone 22.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,459
Median House Value $631,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.6%
US/American 0.9%
English 11.5%
Irish 34.5%

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

Westwood Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles S of Newton, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 13 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Norfolk
Standard Zip Codes 02090
Phone Area Codes 781
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.213
Longitude -71.225

Westwood 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 WALPOLE 2
Distance 3.5 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 36 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46.5 inches
Station FRAMINGHAM
Distance 10.9 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 36 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 45.8 inches
Station WEST MEDWAY
Distance 12 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 38 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 60 to 84 F
Oct Temp 37 to 64 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Islington (02090)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Canton 22,276 $122,002
Dedham 25,224 $109,304
Dover 2,441 $186,250
Medfield 6,322 $131,759
Needham 29,853 $164,104
Norwood 28,962 $104,301

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

Westwood Public Libraries

Library
Westwood Public Library
668 HIGH ST.
Westwood, Massachusetts
(781) 326-7562

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Westwood High Schools

WESTWOOD HIGH
200 NAHATAN STREET
781-326-7500
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 737 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12

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