Despite a population of just 11,261, Weston’s area is only slightly smaller than that of its neighbor town, Newton, Massachusetts which accounts for a much higher population of about 90,000. As a result, Weston’s houses are on average much larger than those present in nearby towns, with considerable space between each individual residence. It has one of the lowest crime rates among Metro-west Boston suburbs.
Weston was a dry town from 1838 until 2008. Incorporated in 1713, the town is located on a rugged upland plateau.
Weston is located on a rugged upland plateau. Early settlers discovered that the amount of useful agricultural land was limited as was the waterpower potential in the town. But colonists moving in from Watertown in the mid-17th century established scattered farms in Weston, and by 1679, a sawmill, several taverns, some doctors, and according to the historians, “probably some lawyers,” had settled in Weston.