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Westport is a town in Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 15,532 at the 2010 census.The village of North Westport lies in the town. Other named areas of the town are "Westport Point" with the dock on the Westport River where Main Road meets the river, "Central Village" with town offices, retail stores and businesses, "Head of Westport" at the head of the east branch of the river and the area referred to either as "Acoaxet" or "Westport Harbor," which is between the west branch of the river and Rhode Island. This area is actually cut off from the rest of Massachusetts by water and Rhode Island.

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Very active Council on Aging Senior Center New Senior housing Near university Walking trails
Good general livability. Ample areas for exercise. University nearby for continuing education with a Second Half of Learning program. Great resources from Council on Aging.
My perspective may not be an accurate one, as I have lived in the area for only a year and am still discovering aspects of the neighbourhood. Also, my wife and I work Westport is, or was, a farming community and comprises of rather scattered communities. There appears to be a higher proportional amount of people who are near or in retirement age than other areas I have lived. There are easily accessed stores off the main roads, although for more intense shopping a trip to the nearest city of Fall River would probably be more beneficial. As a leafier suburb, there may be less conveniences than more urban areas, for instance in regards to care, education, working and community engagement.

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How did Massachusetts earn the grade of C? We examined the state taxes based on how age friendly they are. Massachusetts has a state sales tax of 6.25%. Of particular interest is that Massachusetts does not have taxes on social security. There are estate taxes. There are no taxes imposed on inheritance. Massachusetts has an effective property tax rate of 1.21%. Weighing these taxes and other taxes most likely to impact the aging population is how Massachusetts earned its state tax grade of C.

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