Profile for Westport, Connecticut, CT
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Westport is a town in Fairfield County, in the Bridgeport-Stamford metro area.
The latitude of Westport is 41.123N. The longitude is -73.347W.
It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 26 feet.
The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 25,749.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Westport demographic reports
Westport is on the Sagatuck River and Long Island Sound.
Westport developed as a shipping center in the 1830s.
Helen Keller died here in 1968.
Home of Newman's Own, Paul Newman's food company
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 14. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 0.5 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 2 in the state, June 2001, in the ePodunk Historic Small Towns Index
Westport received national attention for Martha Stewart's announcement in April 2000 that she would move from Westport to escape an "unfriendly neighborhood atmosphere." Stewart said the community had lost the small-town atmosphere it once had
Setting for Sloan Wilson's novel, "The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit"
Well-known residents have included:
· Peter DeVries, author
· Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, actors
· Phil Donahue, TV host, and Marlo Thomas, actress
· Michael Bolton, singer
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
- Fiesta Del Norte - Aug. 23, 2007
- Yankee Doodle Fair - June 14-17, 2007
Dates often change. Check Westport web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Westport Country Playhouse
Nearby parks & recreation:
Sherwood Island State Park, Longshore Club Park, Compo Beach, Westport Nature Center
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 113
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Ancestry & family history
11% of Westport residents report German ancestry, and 13% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Westport ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Westport was $73,664, compared with $21,587 nationally.
69% of Westport residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Westport festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Yankee Doodle Fair - J
- Fiesta Del Norte - A
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Historic districts in Westport include Compo - Owenoke Historic District, East Bank Historic District, Mill Cove Historic District, Myrtle Avenue Historic District, National Hall Historic District, Norfield Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Westport, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $1,140. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $2,911.
Libraries in Westport include Westport Public Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Westport include Westport News
Westport restaurants taking online reservations include Splash ... View restaurants
The average commute time for Westport workers is 39 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 7 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Westport between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 2.7 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
Hotels in Westport include Inn at National Hall, Westport Inn.
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