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Welcome to Alarm New England's business and home security page for Westford, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Westford.
Number of Households: 7,573
ZIP Codes: 01886
Westford Business and Home Security Facts
Westford is one of the safest communities in Massachusetts and America as a whole. Only 18% of towns and cities in Massachusetts have a lower crime rate than Westford. According to FBI data, Westford's crime rate sits at a paltry 5 per 1,000 people. This invariably translates that your chances of falling victim to a crime in Westford are one in 214. Additionally, Westford's violent crime rate is just one per one thousand people. Property crimes, on the other hand, occur in Westford at a rate of four per one thousand people.
Westford was formerly a part of Chelmsford. It was settled in Chelmsford in the 1660s at least five years after the formation of Chelmsford in 1655. By the mid-sixteen-seventies more than a dozen families had taken up residence in Westford although its development was slow. Things picked up after Westford was officially named as Chelmsford's West Precinct. Its first meetinghouse was picked, and its First Parish church was established in 1727. Westford was officially incorporated in 1729 before its official town boundaries were made in 1730 and readjusted in 1974.
In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Westford' s primary exports were apples, granite, and worsted yarn. Worsted yarn especially was a specialty of the Middlesex County town. The Abbot Worsted Company of Westford was proclaimed to be the pioneering outfit when it came to using camel hair in making worsted yarns. Westford has acted as a residential suburb for the industrial factories of nearby Lowell and Boston. In the nineties, Westford was home to branch offices of tech companies such as Samsung, Seagate, Iris Associates and Red Hat.
Westford is the central ground for quite a number of yearly events. At the beginning of every year in January, the Westford Funfest start things off with its annual Snow/Ice Sculpture contest. Two months later in March, the Westford Funfest holds its famous Breakfast with The Bunny.
Visitors to Westford are also welcome to take part in the Westford 5k/10k road races. The proceeds of the race are given to the Westford Charitable Foundation. The First Parish Church isn't left out of the festivities. Every June, the First Parish Church organizes and hosts the annual Strawberry Festival. The Blues and Brew Festival hosted by the Westford Rotary Club is a massive favorite of residents and visitors alike. The festival usually offers participants a chance to sample the most excellent beers in Westford.
December is a particularly fun packed month in Westford. Following the Family Fun Run which holds in October is the Westford Greens Sale. The Westford Academy also hosts its yearly Holiday Bazaar while the Festival of Trees, Wreaths and Gingerbread Creations is indeed one to look forward to with glee. Christmas cheer is usually spread annually via Westford's Breakfast with Santa.
Away from festivities, the Westford Knight, a carving/ natural feature on a glacial boulder is a top attraction in Westford. The pattern of the carving is speculated to date back to the early nineties. Depending on the weather, the Nashoba Valley Ski is another massive attraction in Westford. The Valley Ski is complete with rails, amazing runs, boxes, and jumps. Beginners are also welcome to learn at the terrain park for beginners situated inside Nashoba Valley Ski area.
Actor Aaron Stanford was born in Westford. The forty-one-year-old actor is famous for starring roles in 'X2' and 'X-Men: The Last Stand.' He also had a leading role as Birkhoff in the CW action series 'Nikita.' Football star Michael Fucito has deep family ties to Westford. Now retired, he was drafted by the Seattle Sounders in Major League Soccer.
The late Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards was educated at the Westford Academy. Ellen Richards was famous for her work in sanitary engineering, environmental chemistry, and industrial engineering. The propounder of the home economics movement, she was the first woman ever admitted to the famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology.