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Westport

Westport, Connecticut

  •   State: 
    Connecticut
      County: 
    Fairfield County
      City: 
    Westport
      County FIPS: 
    09001
      Coordinates: 
    41°07′24″N 73°20′49″W
      Area total: 
    33.45 sq mi (86.6 km²)
      Area land: 
    19.96 sq mi (51.7 km²)
      Area water: 
    13.49 sq mi (34.9 km²)
      Elevation: 
    26 ft (8 m)
      Established: 
    1835; Incorporated May 28, 1835
  •   Latitude: 
    41,1326
      Longitude: 
    -73,3744
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT
      Timezone: 
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 
    06880
    06881
    06889
      GMAP: 

    Westport, Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States

  •   Population: 
    1,644
      Population density: 
    1,359.8 residents per square mile of area (525.0/km²)
      Household income: 
    $151,339
      Households: 
    9,697
      Unemployment rate: 
    6.20%
  •   Sales taxes: 
    6.00%
      Income taxes: 
    5.00%

Westport is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States, along the Long Island Sound within Connecticut's Gold Coast. It is 52 miles (84 km) northeast of New York City. The town had a population of 27,141 according to the 2020 U.S. Census. The earliest known inhabitants of the Westport area as identified through archaeological finds date back 7,500 years. Westport was briefly known as "Bankside" in 1693, officially named Green's Farm in 1732 in honor of Bankside Farmer John Green and in 1835 incorporated as the Town of Westport. By the 19th century, Westport had become a shipping center in part to transport onions to market. In the 1950s through to the 1970s, New Yorkers relocating from the city to the suburbs discovered Westport's culture of artists, musicians and authors. The floodplain was breached in 1992 and 1996 resulting in damage to private property, the implementation of flood mitigation measures that include the 1992 flooding of the train station parking lot and the implementing of flood regulations that affect the 100-year floodplain. Both a train station and a total of 26 percent of residents live within the floodplain, with some restaurants built near the southwestern corner of the town. In 2010 Westport has a total area of 33.45 square miles (86.6 km²) of which 19.96 sq miles (51.7 km²), (34.67%) is land with the remaining area of 13.49sq miles (40.20%) water.

History

The earliest known inhabitants of the Westport area as identified through archaeological finds date back 7,500 years. Settlement by colonialists dates back to the five Bankside Farmers; whose families grew and prospered into a community that continued expanding. The Town of Westport was officially incorporated on May 28, 1835, with lands from Fairfield, Weston and Norwalk. In the 20th century, a combination of industrialization and popularity among New Yorkers attracted to fashionable Westport attracted many artists and writers. By the 21st century, Westport had developed into a center for finance and insurance, as well as professional, scientific and technical services. The population grew rapidly, assisted by the ease of commuting to New York City and back again to rolling hills and the "natural beauty of the town." By this time West port had "chic New York-type fashion shopping" and a school system with a good reputation, both factors contributing to the growth. During this period artists, musicians, and authors such as F. Scott Fitzgerald moved to Westport to be free from the commuting demands experienced by business people. Blight caused the collapse of West port's onion industry, leading to mills and factories replacing agriculture as the town's economic engine. The town experienced a cultural expansion in the 1950s through to the 1970s, with Westport's reputation as an arts center during which it was known as a "creative heaven" The town was once the leading onion-growing center in the U.S.

Geography and environment

Westport is bordered by Norwalk on the west, Weston to the north, Wilton to the northwest, Fairfield to the east and Long Island Sound to the south. 26 percent of town residents live within the 100-year floodplain. The floodplain was breached in 1992 and 1996 resulting in damage to private property, the 1992 flooding of the train station parking lot and the implementation of flood mitigation measures. Westport has a total area of 33.45 square miles (86.6 km²) of which 19.96 square miles. (51.7 km²), (59.67%) is land. The remaining area of 13.49 sq miles (34.9 km², (40.20%) is water. The town has a population of 2,816. The 2010 Census reported the population was 2,788. The population of the town was 3,716 in the 2010 Census, and 2,917 in the 2000 Census. The 2011 Census recorded the population as 3,813. The 2007 Census reported that the population of Westport was 2, 813, and the 2008 Census reported it as 2,638. The 2012 Census reported a total population of 3,913, with the majority of the population living in the town of 1,812. The 2013 Census reported there were 2,989 people living in Westport, and 1,914 people in the surrounding towns. The 2014 Census showed the population to be 3,068.

Demographics

The 2019 US Census reported a population estimate of 28,491 with the median household income at $206,466. The 2010 US Census counted the total number of households in Westport being 9,573 of which 7,233 (75.6%) were family households. In July 2008, Westport was named the fifth top-earning city in the US, with a median family income of $193,540 and median home price of $1,200,000. In 2018, data from the American Community Survey revealed that Westport is the 9th wealthiest city in U.S. The town's median income is $147,391, and the median income for a family is $176,740. The per capita income for the town was $73,664, and 2.6% of the population and 1.5% of families were below the poverty line. About 29.8% of Westport residents were younger than age 18 as of 2010; higher than the U.S. average of 24%. According to the 2000 Census, there were 9,586 households, of which 38.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.1% were married couples living together, and 25.2% were non-families. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.10. In the town, the population was spread out, with 27.9% under the Age of 18, 2.7% from 18 to 24, 26.2%. from 25 to 44, 28.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.1%. who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there are 90.7 males.

Government and politics

Westport is one of five towns in Connecticut that backed John Kasich over Donald J. Trump in the 2016 Republican presidential primary. The town switched to a Representative Town Meeting style governance in 1949. The current mill rate of Westport is 16.86. The Westport Fire Department responds to, on average, approximately 4,000 emergency calls annually. As of 2020, the Westport Police Department has a full-time complement of 64 sworn police officers that serve the Town of West port. The fire department also holds the Fairfield County Hazardous Materials Truck, housed at Westport fire Headquarters. The government consists of a three-member Board of Selectmen, a Representatives Town Meeting (RTM), a Board of Finance, a Board. of Education, a Planning and Zoning Commission, and various other commissions, boards, and committees. In 2016, Hillary Rodham Clinton outscored Donald. Trump by 42 points in 2016. In 2020, Joe Biden outsc scored Donald. J. Donald Trump by more than 50 points in 2020, marking the best performance for a Democratic presidential nominee in the town in over 60 years. In 2019, the town will vote on a new mayor to replace the current mayor, who has been in office since 1999. The mayor will be the first woman to serve two terms in office in Westport since the town was founded in 1929. In 2018, Westport will have a population of 3,816. In 2015, the population was 3,917.

Education

Staples High School is Westport's only public high school. The Rolnick Observatory, operated by the Westport Astronomical Society, is open to the public for free on clear Wednesday and Thursday evenings. The school district had an estimated $109.1 million budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year, giving it an average per pupil expenditure of $16,266. The average 2010 class size for kindergarten through first grade was 22 students and 25 students for second through fifth grade. In 2020, Bedford Middle and Coleytown Middle schools were ranked No. 3 and No. 7 in the state, respectively. There are five elementary schools with a total of 2,556 students: King's Highway Elementary School, Green's Farms Elementary, Saugatuck Elementary, Long Lots Elementary and Earthplace Nursery School. The district has two middle schools: Bedford Middle School and Colytown Middle School, which were awarded the government-honored Blue Ribbon Award in September 2009. The short film "The Hallway" was famously filmed inside Staples High School. In 2010, the school district's adopted budget was $121.9 million for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. For the 2010-2021 school year, the district's budget is estimated to be $110.8 million for all school years, including pre-schools, elementary schools, middle schools and gifted and pre-university programs. The high school is located in a 1920s Vanderbilt estate overlooking Long Island Sound. Greens Farms Academy is a K12 private preparatory school. Pierrepont School, opened in 2002 on Sylvan Road, is a private K12 school for gifted students.

Economy

The financial services sector employs 7,171 in Westport; half of whom commute daily to Westport. The Westport Country Playhouse, founded in 1930, is a regional theater known for its excellent theatrical performances. The Joseph J. Clinton Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 399 has been a Westport institution since 1920. The August Matthias American Legion Post 63, not-for-profit, is the Westport Connecticut home of The American Legion, the world's largest veterans organization with over 2.4 million members. The Wakeman Town Farm is a historic working farm, and is currently a sustainability demonstration center.Save the Children, the American charity, governed entirely separately from the British charity of the same name, was headquartered in West port before moving to Fairfield. The Smith Richardson Foundation, a public policy think tank, is headquartered inWestport, Connecticut. The town's animal shelter is located on Elaine Road, as well as other Fairfield County animal shelters. Westport Museum for History & Culture is a cultural and educational organization dedicated to preserving, presenting and celebrating the history of Westport since its founding in 1889. On April 11, 1918, Charles August Matthia of Greens Farms was the first Westport son killed in action during WW1. He was killed in France just 4 days before the armistice. It is part of the national Veterans of foreign Wars organization and is a 501(c)(19) non-profit charity. The city's largest employer is Bridgewater Associates, a global investment manager.

Attractions

Sherwood Island State Park is located on Long Island Sound and includes beach access. Compo Beach and Burying Hill Beach are municipal beaches that are open to out-of-town visitors in the summer for a fee. In 2010, the historic Wakeman Farm was reopened to the public as the Wakeman Town Farm and Sustainability Center. On a clear day the New York City skyline can be seen. In 1960, Westport purchased Longshore Club Park. In 2011, Paul Newman's estate gave land to Westport to be managed by the Aspetuck Land Trust. The state's 9/11 memorial was put in Sherwood Island state Park in Westport. The town's website describes as an "organic demonstration homestead open to thePublic" The Farm is a model facility created to educate the community with local healthy food production, responsible land stewardship, sustainable practices and community service orientation. The Town of Westport has a population of 2,000, with a population growth rate of 1.7% in the last five years. It is located in the central part of Long Island, on the eastern edge of the Long Island peninsula. The city's population has grown from 1,000 to 2,500 in the past decade. It has an average population of 3,000 in the first five years of the century, with an increase of 1,200 in the second decade of the decade. In 2008, the town's population was 2,100. It had a population decline of 1% from 2007 to 2008.

Transportation

Westport has two train stations, Green's Farms and Westport on the Metro-North Railroad's New Haven Line. As of 2019, Westport has the highest per capita electric vehicle ownership among municipalities in Connecticut, and #3 overall. The Town of Westport Planning and Zoning Commission is interested in offering more sustainable and accessible transit options. The lack of sidewalks on some two-way arterial and many collector streets may increase the potential for accidents. The narrowing of roads is known to encourage slower, safer driving, which protects pedestrians and cyclists, as well as auto users. This form of traffic calming is thus in line with Vision Zero, an interest by New Urbanists and city planners focused on reducing traffic-caused injuries and fatalities. The Norwalk Transit District, with several routes available for Westporters due to support by the Town ofWestport, offers another form of transit for mainly commuting use. This is occurring in tandem with the Connecticut Department of Transportations notable laws which support users of all transit forms: the Complete Streets Law of 2009, the 2014 Vulnerable User Law, and the 2015 Bike Bill. A true application of change in the post-Complete Streets law is the restriping of road shoulders by the DOT across the state, including the many, already narrow, two- way streets. It is part of a greater interest to improve pedestrian and cyclist options from the major places of interest in town: downtown Westport to the Westport Train Station. The third iteration of the study will more specifically address ways in which this path can be improved for people not traveling by car.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Westport, Fairfield County, Connecticut = 7.8. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 32. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 30. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Westport = 3.4 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO (www.who.int/news-room/questions-and-answers/item/radiation-the-ultraviolet-(uv)-index) and is uniform worldwide.

Employed

The most recent city population of 1,644 individuals with a median age of 44.1 age the population grows by 3.36% in Westport, Fairfield County, Connecticut population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 1,359.8 residents per square mile of area (525.0/km²). There are average 2.72 people per household in the 9,697 households with an average household income of $151,339 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 6.20% of the available work force and has dropped -3.24% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 27.32%. The number of physicians in Westport per 100,000 population = 301.6.

Weather

The annual rainfall in Westport = 44.5 inches and the annual snowfall = 24.1 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 100. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 175. 83 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 17.5 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 45, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Westport, Fairfield County, Connecticut which are owned by the occupant = 80.16%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 50 years with median home cost = $931,690 and home appreciation of -16.65%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $13.56 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.

Study

The local school district spends $9,129 per student. There are 12.5 students for each teacher in the school, 247 students for each Librarian and 369 students for each Counselor. 4.67% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 36.57% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 32.77% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Westport's population in Fairfield County, Connecticut of 3,894 residents in 1930 has dropped 0,42-fold to 1,644 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 52.07% female residents and 47.93% male residents live in Westport, Fairfield County, Connecticut.

    As of 2020 in Westport, Fairfield County, Connecticut are married and the remaining 30.09% are single population.

  • 40.1 minutes is the average time that residents in Westport require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    64.61% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 2.94% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 18.46% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 11.02% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Westport, Fairfield County, Connecticut, 80.16% are owner-occupied homes, another 13.63% are rented apartments, and the remaining 6.21% are vacant.

  • The 67.16% of the population in Westport, Fairfield County, Connecticut who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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