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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B
Westwood is a suburb of Boston with a population of 15,863. Westwood is in Norfolk County and is one of the best places to live in Massachusetts. Living in Westwood offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Westwood there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many retirees live in Westwood and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Westwood are highly rated.
About Westwood...
Population
15,863

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$703,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,662
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    15%
  • Own
    85%
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Westwood Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    43
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    18.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    49.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    750
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    36.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    13%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    7%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    16%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    34%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    36%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    16%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    11%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%

Working in Westwood

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$155,706
National
$55,322
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Westwood Reviews

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Westwood is a small, quaint, Massachusetts town, located approximately 14 miles from the Boston city limit. The town has a quaint, yet urban feel due to the fact that it is so close to Boston! Many areas of Westwood are completely walkable to town amenities such as restaurants, small grocery stores and the post office. The residents of Westwood are extremely friendly. I love to walk my dog and frequently run into my neighbors, who are also walking their dogs, jogging, biking, or simply walking. The schools in Westwood are among the best in the state. Westwood is a fantastic town to live in!
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It's a really nice town with some really nice people. Although there isn't an above average town center, Westwood hosts the shopping plaza, University Station which has a lot of dining and shopping options. It's also relatively close to Legacy place as well. Westwood basically breeds student-athletes, equally emphasizing the importance of hard work and dedication in and out of school. The recreational and high school sports programs are superb. A very safe community that is very family friendly with great school systems. It is also not that far of a commute to Boston, about a 30 minute drive with no traffic, however their are several train stations conveniently located in the area.
Westwood is a peaceful neighborhood. My family and I recently moved here five years ago. I love the town, and community. One thing that could improve is the use of plastic. I think that you should have to pay to use a plastic bag at the supermarket. Just a suggestion. If you agree, please say so. It is a good idea to spread the word, so that more and more people can recognize this. Overall, I love my town very much!