Westport, Connecticut

westportWestport strives to maintain its old New England small-town charm even though it has become one of the most affluent suburbs in America. It is culturally rich, filled with a blend of old Yankee farmers, academics, and professionals from all fields, reflecting its international flavor. The area has attracted artists, musicians, writers, and creative people such as F. Scott Fitzgerald since its founding.

Population: 26,391 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.

Climate: Typical of New England, Westport gets 45 inches of rain per year and 24 inches of snow.

Cost of living: The cost of living in Westport is 48% greater than the national average.

Housing costs: Extremely expensive for a retirement home, at more than 400% greater than the U.S. average. The median home cost in Westport is $984,900.

Colleges and Universities: Nearby Norwalk Community College is the educational center of the community, providing opportunities for intellectual inquiry, open dialogue, multicultural awareness and lifelong learning. University College in Fairfield offers a spectrum of courses in the world of arts and humanities for the intellectually curious, as well as summer Learning for a Lifetime program.

Transportation:Local bus service is provided by the Norwalk Transit District. Affluent travelers travel by limousine to airports in New York.

Travel and tourism: Retirees who love theatre will appreciate the Westport Country Playhouse, founded in 1930. This regional theater has acquired a reputation for its excellent theatrical performances, to some degree influenced by Paul Newman who moved to Westport in the 1960s.

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