Originally settled in 1640, the 11.1 square mile town of Westwood is now home to just over 14,600 residents. Westwood’s population grew dramatically in the 1960s as families left the cities like Boston to live in suburbia. Westwood contains the 1200 acre Hale Reservation, which offers walking trails and North Beach for recreation. Several years ago Westwood’s Gay Street was rated one of the best streets to live on by Boston Magazine.
Westwood is located in Norfolk county, and borders the towns of Needham, Dedham, Canton, Norwood, Walpole, and Dover. Route 128 runs through Westwood, and has a train station with stops for the MBTA Commuter Rail line to Providence/Stoughton, as well as Amtrak.