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Westerly is a town in Washington County, in the Providence-New Bedford metro area.

The latitude of Westerly is 41.377N. The longitude is -71.827W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 36 feet.

The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 22,966.


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Median household income
Local
$44,613
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Westerly demographic reports
Westerly is on the Pawcatuck River, at the Connecticut border.
Early center for granite-quarry operations
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 34. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 1.4 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 2 in the state, June 2001, in the ePodunk Historic Small Towns Index
Well-known residents have included:
· Ruth Buzzi, actress and comedian
· Eddie Sawyer, baseball manager
· Dave Stenhouse, baseball player
Local festivals include:
  • "Virtu" Art Festival - May 26-27, 2007
  • River Glow - July 7, 2007
  • Colonial Theatre Shakespeare Festival - July 12-Aug. 5, 2007
  • Summer Solstice Festival - June 21, 2007
Dates often change. Check Westerly web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Granite Theatre
Nearby parks & recreation: Wilcox Park, Misquamicut Beach
Historic sites and museums: Watch Hill Lighthouse, Babcock-Smith House
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Westerly demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Washington County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Providence area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 02808 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

7% of Westerly residents report German ancestry, and 14% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Westerly ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Westerly was $24,092, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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25% of Westerly residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Westerly include Main Street Historic District, Watch Hill Historic District, Westerly Downtown Historic District, Wilcox Park Historic District ... View historic districts

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Median rent in Westerly, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $523.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,168.


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Libraries in Westerly include Westerly Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Westerly include Westerly Sun

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The average commute time for Westerly workers is 22 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 5 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Westerly between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.2 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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