Westport

Westport, a quaint coastal town in Connecticut, rests alongside the Long Island Sound, nestled between the bustling cities of New York and New Haven. Its allure lies in a blend of rich heritage, a lively downtown with upscale boutiques and dining spots, plentiful outdoor activities, a thriving arts scene, and the elegance of traditional New England charm coupled with the comforts of contemporary living.

Welcome to Westport

Westport offers a blend of coastal beauty and vibrant community life, beckoning families and individuals seeking its unique lifestyle. The town's outstanding school system, impressive coastline, and architecturally captivating neighborhoods serve as initial draws. That said, it's the enduring sense of genuine community warmth and togetherness that keeps people rooted in Westport.

EDUCATION

Westport, part of Westport Public Schools, boasts an exceptional educational system. Staples High School, lauded as a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the US Department of Education, earned the distinguished title of “Exemplary High Performing.” 

Equally impressive, Westport's middle schools—Bedford Middle School and Coleytown Middle School—hold the top two spots in the state rankings. Bedford Middle School received the esteemed Blue Ribbon Award in September 2009. The town is home to five elementary schools catering to students from K-5. 

Noteworthy private institutions, such as Greens Farms Academy and Pierrepont School, enrich the educational landscape. Greens Farms Academy, situated within the 1920s Vanderbilt estate overlooking Long Island Sound, is a K-12 private preparatory school. Pierrepont School, established in 2002 on Sylvan Road, is a private K-12 institution tailored for gifted students.

AMENITIES

Residents of Westport can enjoy the extensive public library and community theater or join soccer and golf associations. 

The Longshore Club Park Golf Course is a top recreational destination offering a challenging golfing experience against the stunning backdrop of the Long Island Sound. This municipal course is a 5,800-yard gem that winds along the coastline, providing players with breathtaking views of the Sound as they navigate through well-designed fairways and meticulously kept greens. Its strategic design, incorporating both water hazards and mature trees, presents an exciting yet fair challenge. Additionally, the facility boasts a pro shop, practice areas, and professional instruction. The venue also hosts events and tournaments.

Westport offers a vibrant community atmosphere with top attractions like the renowned Westport Country Playhouse. As a historic theater, it has a rich legacy of showcasing top-tier performances, including classic and contemporary plays, musicals, and events that captivate audiences. 

The Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts is an enchanting open-air performing arts center. In the heart of the town, this inviting venue hosts an array of live music, dance, and performing arts events during the warmer months. Visitors gather on the lawn, enjoying high-quality performances that range from jazz to classical, rock to world music, fostering a sense of unity and joy. 

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) features an impressive collection of contemporary artworks, highlighting thought-provoking pieces across various mediums, including paintings, sculptures, multimedia installations, and more. It serves as a platform for emerging and established artists, offering exhibitions that challenge perceptions and ignite conversations on modern-day issues. The museum also hosts educational programs, artist talks, and community events. 

The Westport Weston Family YMCA provides an array of programs and facilities to foster health, fitness, and community engagement for individuals and families of all ages. The YMCA offers state-of-the-art fitness equipment, swimming pools, group exercise classes, and sports facilities catering to various interests and fitness levels. Beyond physical health, the institution supports social well-being by organizing events, workshops, and activities that promote a sense of belonging.

Furthermore, the Westport Library is a vibrant intellectual hub within the town. Renovated in recent years to meet the demands of a modern community, the library provides an extensive collection of books, multimedia resources, and digital services. The library often hosts educational programs, art exhibitions, author talks, and children's activities to encourage lifelong learning and creativity. 

The town also cherishes its local sustainability and agricultural initiatives, as evident in the Wakeman Town Farm. This farm serves as both an educational resource and a working farm, fostering a connection between the community and sustainable food practices. It often hosts workshops and youth programs aimed at promoting environmental awareness and healthy living.

For those seeking fresh and locally produced goods, the Westport Farmers Market is a hub of activity. Set in the heart of the town, the market provides a platform for local farmers and artists to showcase their fresh produce, crafts, and culinary creations. It's a gathering place that fosters a sense of community while supporting regional growers and businesses.

OUTDOORS

Westport residents enjoy access to three beaches within the area (Compo, Burying Hill, and Old Mill), along with Sherwood Island State Park, Connecticut's inaugural state park. Sherwood Island is perfect for picnicking, swimming, fishing, and observing the abundant marsh life

Compo Beach sprawls across 29 acres and features a vast sandy shoreline hugging the Long Island Sound, nestled alongside the Saugatuck River. The beach encompasses two sand volleyball courts and a spacious wooden playscape. Situated adjacent to the Ned Dimes Marina, it provides a range of amenities for a complete beachside experience.
The Saugatuck River offers an idyllic setting for water enthusiasts keen on rowing, kayaking, and paddleboarding adventures. Kayakers and rowers can leisurely paddle along the winding river, taking in the scenic beauty of the surrounding landscape. Additionally, paddleboarding has gained popularity on the Saugatuck River, providing a serene platform for balancing on the water while taking in the natural beauty and wildlife that flourish along the riverbanks.

The Town of Westport is fortunate to have access to the waters of Long Island Sound, making boating a popular activity for many. There are two marinas maintained by the Town of Westport: the Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach and the E. R. Strait Marina in Longshore Club Park.

LIFESTYLE

Life in Westport, CT, is a harmonious blend of coastal tranquility and community togetherness. Residents enjoy the lovely landscapes, excellent schools, and a strong sense of community, all set against the backdrop of a town that values sustainability, arts, and a high quality of life. Westport boasts a lively commercial district, presenting a variety of specialty stores, delectable dining options, the Westport Country Playhouse, and a range of recreational organizations to explore.

Winslow Dog Park in the heart of town is a popular spot for your fuzzy pals, with a picnic space, walking trails, and an expansive, shaded open area for dogs to run around and play.

COMMUTE TIME TO NYC

Westport is only 55 miles from New York City, which takes about 1 to 1.5 hours to drive. Residents can commute via the Metro North line from Westport to New York’s Grand Central Terminal, which averages about 1 hour and 25 minutes.

Overview for Westport, CT

27,168 people live in Westport, where the median age is 46 and the average individual income is $124,015. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

27,168

Total Population

46 years

Median Age

High

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$124,015

Average individual Income

Around Westport, CT

There's plenty to do around Westport, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Strigo Coffee, Greenfield Hill Wines & Spirits, and Chocolatieree.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 4.84 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 4.2 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.53 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 2.54 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 3.29 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.16 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Westport, CT

Westport has 9,478 households, with an average household size of 3. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Westport do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 27,168 people call Westport home. The population density is 1,517.029 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

27,168

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

46

Median Age

50.08 / 49.92%

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Total Households

3

Average Household Size

$124,015

Average individual Income

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Schools in Westport, CT

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The following schools are within or nearby Westport. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Coleytown Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
St Paul Lutheran Preschool And Kindergarten
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Bedford Middle School
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
Long Lots School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
King's Highway Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
Saugatuck Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
Pierrepont School
PRIVATE
K - 12th
No rating available
The Learning Community Day School
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available

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