Westport is a medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Connecticut. With a population of 28,491 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Westport is the 42nd largest community in Connecticut.
Westport home prices are not only among the most expensive in Connecticut, but Westport real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Westport is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 94.49% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Westport is a town of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Westport who work in management occupations (23.66%), sales jobs (13.69%), and business and financial occupations (11.45%).
Of important note, Westport is also a town of artists. Westport has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Westport’s character.
Also of interest is that Westport has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
A relatively large number of people in Westport telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 14.87% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
In addition, Westport is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.
Because of many things, Westport is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Westport really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Westport perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
Westport is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
One downside of living in Westport, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 36.43 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Westport is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Westport area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Westport. 77.96% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.
The per capita income in Westport in 2018 was $114,433, which is wealthy relative to Connecticut and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $457,732 for a family of four.
Westport is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Westport home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Westport residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Westport include Irish, Italian, English, German, and Russian.
The most common language spoken in Westport is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.