Population of Westford, Ma
According to the Census of 2010 there were
Government of Westford, Ma
Approximately 21,951 people a 5.77% increase from 2000
Approximately 7,398 housing units (American Fact Finder~US Census Bureau 2006-2008)
Westford uses the Town Meeting form of government and elected selectmen serve as the presiding government officials.
Anyone may attend Town Meeting but only registered voters may vote.
The town services are primarily funded through the residential property tax and the tax rate may be raised however,
taxes may not be raised more than 2½% (locally known as State "Proposition 2½” ) unless approved by the voters at Town
Meeting and it must be a separate budget line items, not wrapped into an overall budget proposal. The Water Department
is funded through water rates, connection fees and property rental. The Water District revenues, however, are not subject
to State "Proposition 2½."
All residents, renters as well as property owners, if registered to vote, may attend and vote at town meeting. A voter must
attend in person as no absentee voting is allowed. The non-voting public may attend open town meetings as observers.
Westford Town Hall
has more information.
Water Supply and Sewage Treatment of Westford, Ma
The Westford Water District
supplies drinking water to approximately 75% of the town via eight wells in town. The water is
treated at a facility close by and then dispersed to the town. There is a Master Plan that is followed to ensure a safe and
adequate water supply and that plan also delineates future wells, rehabilitation and upgrades to the existing water treatment
In terms of sewage, properties utilize private on-site septic tanks. Title V is the State law that requires an on-site
septic system must meet certain standards and pass a test when a piece of
property is sold. Most banks require the septic system be functioning and a home habitable to fund a residential loan however,
there are exceptions to this rule. As for private well regulations, it is at the discretion of the property owner to insure
the water consumed from the property is potable however, both tests, the Title V test and the potable water test is the seller’s
responsibility and are required prior to a Westford real estate sale.
Trash Pick-Up Westford, Ma
Curbside trash pick-up is provided as part of the town services in Westford, Ma.
The schedule is available at
Westford Town Hall
Electric Service in Westford, Ma
Electricity and natural gas is provided by National Grid
residents that do not have natural gas servicing the property use oil or propane, provided by private sector companies.
Massachusetts offers a program entitled “School Choice” which allows students from neighboring towns to attend the local public
school if there are spaces available and if the local School Committee decides this is in the best interest of the district.
If there are spaces available, a notice is published in the local paper. There has been some discussion as to parents of
children exercising this option to provide some compensation to the schools district. Each district is different so, please
check with administration officials for the current policy.
Another education option is the
The Francis W. Parker Charter School
,technically located in Fort Devens. Admission is based on a
lottery system for grades 7th -12th. One of Massachusetts’ first charter schools, Parker was started in 1995 by area parents and
teachers committed to the principles of the Coalition of Essential Schools. According to the website, The Coalition of Essential
Schools, were established in 1984 by Theodore R. Sizer at Brown University, is a national network of over 1,200 schools and
Centers engaged in restructuring and redesigning schools to promote better student learning and achievement. Essential schools
share a common set of ideas known as the Ten Common Principles, which call for schools to set clear and simple goals about the
intellectual skills and knowledge to be mastered by all the school’s students; to lower teacher-student loads, personalize
teaching and curriculum, and make student work the center of classroom activity; to award diplomas based on students’ "exhibition"
of their mastery of the school’s program; to create an atmosphere of trust and respect for the school, faculty, students and
parents; and to model democratic practices and honor diversity.
Established in 1968,
Nashoba Valley Technical High School
(Nashoba Tech) is a public, four-year (9th – 12th), career-focused high school fostering academic, personal and professional
success. According to the website Nashoba Tech promotes a lifetime of learning and achievement, providing our students with
quality teaching, specialized instruction in 18 industry-approved technical
programs, personalized academic support and leadership development opportunities. Students who live in Chelmsford, Groton,
Littleton, Pepperell, Shirley, Townsend or Westford may apply for admission.
Innovation Academy Charter School
is a college preparatory
public charter school serving students in grades five through twelve.
The school was founded in 1996 by a group of Chelmsford residents interested in having a choice in public middle school
education in the Chelmsford area. Currently, the school serves students from more than 10 Massachusetts communities including
Chelmsford, Lowell, Billerica, Dracut, Groton, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro and Westford.
Private Schools of Westford Ma
There are two private pre-school/day care facilities that are franchises.
Library System in Westford, Ma
The JV Fletcher Library
, located on the Westford Town Common,
is committed to lifelong learning with a wide range of collections and services. In addition, the Westford Library is
part of the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium,
a network of public libraries serving thirty-five communities throughout the Merrimack Valley region of Massachusetts. Nearly
three million items are available to you through the inter-library loan program.
Terrain of Westford, Ma
Westford is a community that capitalized on being near local rivers and utilized the land for agriculture as well as the
raw materials of granite.
Recreation of Westford Ma
Westford, Ma has many fields for baseball, soccer, field hockey, tennis courts, basketball and two swimming ponds.
These fields are located throughout the town and details about hours of operation and usage fees can be found at Town Hall.
From a regional perspective, Westford, Ma has made an effort to interconnect the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, a recreational
trail that repurposes old railroad lines for non-vehicular uses such as biking, roller blading, walking, running and in winter
cross-country skiing. This trail begins/end in Westford at the intersection of Route 225 and Route 27 and then continues on
into Acton and Chelmsford for 6.8 miles.