Westport … Vitality by River and Sea
Westport’s vitality is legendary. Through the centuries, Native Americans, Colonial farmers, Revolutionary War soldiers, shipping magnets, creative artists, summer residence and commuters have all prospered here, where the Saugatuck River meets Long Island Sound. Today’s Westport is a highly involved, affluent suburban community of about 27,000 people. Artistically and culturally active, it has long been a creative center and celebrity retreat. Waterfront homes and estates abound, both at the beach and along the Saugatuck. The thriving downtown area along the river provides trendy shops amid an atmosphere still imbued with New England charm. A bit to the north, the town’s historic district is also convenient for commuting. Westport occupies 22.4 square miles and is governed by an elected Board of Selectmen.