Westwood, Massachusetts

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Westwood is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 14,117 at the 2000 census.



Westwood was first settled in 1640 and was part of the town of Dedham (it was originally called 'West Dedham') until it was officially incorporated in 1897. It was the last town to split from the original town of Dedham.

It was originally to have been named the "Town of Nahatan:"

It was desirable for the old, as well as the new town, to have the question of incorporation settled, if possible, before April 5, when appropriations for the coming year were to be made. Therefore, in order to remove every trace of friction, however trivial, and thus expedite matters, the name was changed to Westwood.[1]

In July 2005, CNN/Money and Money magazine ranked Westwood 13th on its list of the 100 Best Places to Live in the United States. Boston Magazine listed Gay Street in Westwood on its list of the Best Streets in the Boston area.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 11.1 square miles (28.8 km²), of which, 11.0 square miles (28.4 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (1.35%) is water.

Adjacent towns

Westwood is located in eastern Massachusetts, bordered by:

  • the town of Needham to the north
  • the town of Dedham to the east
  • the town of Canton to the southeast
  • the town of Norwood to the south
  • the town of Walpole to the southwest
  • the town of Dover to the west

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