Westover is a somewhat small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Maryland. With a population of 5,705 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Westover is the 115th largest community in Maryland. Much of the housing stock in Westover was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.
Housing costs in Westover are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Maryland.
Westover is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 91.27% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Westover is a town of professionals, service providers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Westover who work in management occupations (17.41%), teaching (13.46%), and office and administrative support (11.89%).
A relatively large number of people in Westover telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 34.36% 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.
Westover 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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
In Westover, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.40 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.
Even though Westover is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the subway for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.
The rate of college-level education in Westover is quite a bit lower than the national average among all cities of 21.84%: just 10.70% of people here over 25 have a bachelor's degree or an advanced degree.
The per capita income in Westover in 2018 was $11,828, which is low income relative to Maryland and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $47,312 for a family of four. However, Westover contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Westover is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Westover home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Westover residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Westover include German, Irish, English, Italian, and French.
The most common language spoken in Westover is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.