Westwood is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, 18miles south of downtown Boston. In July 2005, CNN/Money and Money magazine ranked Westwood 13th on its list of the 100 Best Places to Live in the United States. Boston Magazine listed Gay Street in Westwood on its list of the Best Streets in the Boston area. It is currently the 20th wealthiest town in Massachusetts
Westwood was first settled in 1640 and was part of the town of Dedham (it was originally called ‘West Dedham’) until it was officially incorporated in 1897. The total area of town is 11.1 sq mi (28.8 km2).
The population was 14,618 at the 2010 census, among which 95.3%were whites and 5.3% were Asians. The median age of the population is 41. For population 25 years and over in Westwood, 57.4% has a bachelor’s degree or higher and 23.9% has a graduate or professional degree. The most common occupations for male are Professional, scientific, and technical services (16%), Finance and insurance (10%), Health care (8%), Construction (7%), Educational services (6%), Public administration (6%) and Computer and electronic products (3%).
The median household income in Westwood in 2009 was $ 110,040, and the median per capita income in 2009 was $ 53,567. 11% of Westwood families had an annual income above $200,000, and 9% of families had an annual income between $150,000 to $200,000. The estimated median house or condo value in 2009 was $ 618,646. The criminal index in 2009 Westwood was 80.6 (U.S. average: 319.1), which was pretty low.
Westwood is also renowned for its public education system, which include five elementary schools, one middle schools and one high school. According to the Massachusetts high school ranking conducted by Boston Magazine, Westwood High School was ranked 13th within Massachusetts in 2012. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement coursework and exams. The AP participation rate at Westwood High School is 52 percent.
A new Westwood High School was recently constructed at a cost of $45M, and the old school, built in 1957, was demolished. The gymnasium and swimming facility from the old school were refurbished and are now part of the new high school campus. The school facilities also include a new multi-use artificial turf field (named after former Westwood High School principal and teacher Charles Flahive) with a synthetic track, both of which are open to the public.
Please download May 2018 Westwood Market Report provided by The Greater Boston Association of Realtors.