Westport, Connecticut

The Town of Westport

Westport, Connecticut is a beautiful coastal town located approximately 47 miles north of New York City. Originally an artists’ colony, the town has held strong to its cultural roots while expanding into an affluent community that was named #5 in Money Magazine’s 2008 list of the 25 Top-Earning Towns. With a population of approximately 26,592 people, Westport’s small-town atmosphere provides residents with a quaint haven away from the bustle of larger cities. Of course its proximity to New York City means you’re still only an hour away from enjoying the big-city benefits, too.

Westport strives to give its residents the best of everything. The downtown area offers a robust shopping experience with everything from one-of-a-kind boutiques to luxury retail locations. A thriving arts community means you’ll be looking forward to finer art exhibitions around every corner, and outstanding performances at notable venues such as the Westport Country Playhouse and The Levitt Pavilion.

Of course quality of life extends past award-winning entertainment and the town of Westport takes the future of your life very seriously. A first-rate public school system along with an outstanding an innovative public library ensures success to top-of-the-line educational resources. And with ventures like the Green Village initiative and its own recycling efforts, Westport is breaking ground in environmental awareness.

Westport Library

Geography and Transportation

Westport is bordered by Norwalk on the west, Weston to the north, Wilton to the northwest, Fairfield to the east and Long Island Sound to the south. Interstate 95, the Merritt Parkway and U.S. 1, as well as the Saugatuck River, run through Westport.

Westport has two train stations, Green's Farms and Westport on the Metro-North Railroad's New Haven Line, which serves Stamford and Grand Central Terminal in New York City or New Haven-Union Station. This line is shared with Amtrak trains as it is part of the Northeast Corridor, but no Amtrak services stop at Green's Farms or Westport. The nearest Amtrak station is at Bridgeport (10 miles to the north) or Stamford (12 miles to the south).

Westport station is the more widely used of the two, even among people living geographically closer to Green's Farms mainly because more trains stop there. The wait for a parking sticker at the Westport station is now nearly four years long.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 26,644 people, 9,586 households, and 7,170 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,286.7 people per square mile (496.8/km_). There were 10,065 housing units at an average density of 503.0/sq mi (194.2/km_). The racial makeup of the town was 95.16% White, 1.13% African American, 0.05% Native American, 2.43% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.40% from other races, and 0.81% from two or more races. 2.34% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 9,586 households out of which 38.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.1% were married couples living together, 6.8% have a woman whose husband does not live with her, and 25.2% were non-families. 20.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.10. In the town the population was spread out with 27.9% under the age of 18, 2.7% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 28.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 90.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.3 males.

According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the town was $147,391, and the median income for a family was $176,740. As of the 2000 Census, males had a median income of $100,000 versus $53,269 for females. The per capita income for the town was $73,664. 2.6% of the population and 1.5% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 2.7% are under the age of 18 and 2.1% are 65 or older.

Westport was named the fifth top-earning city in the US, with a median family income of $193,540 and median home price of $1,200,000 in July, 2008.