Westport is a wealthy coastal town along Connecticut's shoreline in affluent Fairfield County. Considered a favorite hideaway, the town is also known for its superior school system, as well as its decided affection for the arts.
This 20 square mile town is in an easily commutable location for anyone needing or wanting close proximity to New York City. Many residents utilize both the Saugatuck and Greens Farms Metro North train stations, and have the ability to get to Manhattan in record time.
Westport's small town charm is evident this diversified and cosmopolitan town which is also know as one of the wealthiest towns in the country. Sherwood Island State Park is widely considered the towns 'gift' to state residents, and is one of the largest designated picnic and beach grounds in all of Fairfield County.
THE ARTS: It has been said that Westport had literally been 'Adopted' in the 1920's by many artists and writers as a peaceful retreat for inspiration in their works. Long considered an 'artsy' type of community, this town is also home to many celebrities.The library and the Levitt Pavilion are downtown, and the Westport Country Playhouse is closeby, too. Westport is chock full of superb cultural, recreational and educational facilities.
EDUCATION: Local residents support the school system, and their support and involvement helps to create a very tight knit community. Westport's School system is well known throughout the area, and education has always been a priority for local government.
SHOPPING: Sophisticated and affluent clientele shop along the storied Main Street at a variety of boutique shopping in the trendy downtown shopping district. Westport's Main Street businesses are a pleasant mix of boutiques and well known upper end stores, with newer store fronts and quaint colonial facades adorning this mini-mecca. Walk into one of the shops on Main Street and exit through the back, and you've just entered Parker Harding Plaza, with beautiful views of the Saugatuck River. Some of the late 19th century buildings still remain here, have been restored to better than new condition, and house a variety of different businesses and shops.
HISTORY and DEMOGRAPHICS: Incorporated in 1835, Westport has approximately 27,000 residents who live in about 9,800 households, 82 percent of which are owner occupied. Approximately 31.7 percent of the housing stock was built prior to 1950. A charming landscape and beautiful oceanfront scenery add to the appeal, which has made this town a favorite in Fairfield County.