Westford is a medium-sized town located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 24,643 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Westford is the 81st largest community in Massachusetts.
Housing costs in Westford 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 Massachusetts.
Westford is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 91.26% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Westford is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Westford who work in management occupations (16.29%), computer science and math (11.55%), and teaching (10.97%).
Also of interest is that Westford has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Of important note, Westford is also a town of artists. Westford has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Westford’s character.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 11.96% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.
Because of many things, Westford is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Westford a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Westford has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Westford’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.
One downside of living in Westford is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Westford, the average commute to work is 33.70 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Westford 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 Westford 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 Westford. 69.38% 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 Westford in 2018 was $57,410, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $229,640 for a family of four.
Westford is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Westford home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Westford residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Westford include Irish, Italian, English, German, and French.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Westford's cultural character, accounting for 17.79% of the town’s population.
The most common language spoken in Westford is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Langs. of India.