Westport was so named because it was the western most port in the original Massachusetts Bay Colonies settled in 1670. Westport is bordered by Dartmouth, Fall River, Tiverton and Little Compton, RI.
There are several unofficial localities in Westport. Head of Westport, Westport Point, Central Village and Westport Harbor, which is often called Acoaxet. Westport is also separated by Route 6, delineating the North Westport and South Westport regions. Just over 15,500 people reside in approximately 5400 households with the bulk of them living in South Westport.
The Central Village and Head of Westport are the most historic regions of the town with homes dating back 200-300 years. Westport is also home to a large number of summer residences in Westport Harbor and along Route 88, the access highway to Horseneck Beach State Reservation, the largest and most beautiful beach in the Southcoast region. Westport median home prices are at $385,000 with tax rates running lower than most Southcoast communities at just under $8.00 / thousand. Westport is one of the regions most attractive communities because of its central proximity, open space, parks and beaches.