Westwood, Boyd County, Kentucky

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Westwood is a census-designated place (CDP) in Boyd County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 4,888 at the 2000 census. It serves as a suburb of Ashland, Kentucky. Westwood is closely affiliated with Ashland, as it shares its zipcode and bus system with the city.

Westwood is a part of the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). As of the 2000 census, the MSA had a population of 288,649.



Westwood was developed beginning in the 1920s as a residential addition to Ashland, although as of 2010, annexation has never occurred. Employees of the American Rolling Mill Company were the majority of the new homeowners who lived in Westwood. Most lots were sold and homes were built from 1920-1950, although some subdivisions have sprung up since then in the Westwood area. The population has grown over the years but the community was never incorporated. As of the 2000 census, Westwood had nearly 5,000 residents, and was identified as a CDP (Census Designated Place) by the U.S. Census Bureau, as it is a community in its own right. According to census figures, it is one of the largest unincorporated communities in the state of Kentucky.


Westwood is located at 38°28′57″N 82°40′41″W / 38.4825°N 82.67806°W / 38.4825; -82.67806 (38.482422, -82.678028)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10.3 km²), of which, 3.9 square miles (10.1 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (2.26%) is water.

Westwood is located mostly on a flat ridge west of the Ohio River. The southern boundary is the Ashland city limits, the northern boundary is Hood's Creek. The flat elevation in which Westwood is located was created by the ancient Teays River. The course of the river was altered due to glacial formations around two million years ago. It resulted in many flat hill tops that are commonly found in Boyd and Greenup Counties which are evident on aerial satellite imagery. Outside of this ancient river bed, the terrain is "ridge and valley" as is typical in most of Eastern Kentucky.

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