The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) has a Maintenance of Way station and a siding that is used to store BNSF snow fighting equipment.
Westwood was once featured on Ripley's Believe it or Not for being a town that had more dogs than people. (While the veracity of this is open to verification, the presence of large numbers of stray dogs roaming the streets of Westwood is apparent to even the most casual visitor).
Westwood is located at GR1.(40.305038, -121.003396)
As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 1,998 people, 795 households, and 520 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 140.0/km² (362.5/mi²). There were 1,048 housing units at an average density of 73.4/km² (190.1/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 88.39% White, 5.26% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.55% Pacific Islander, 2.70% from other races, and 2.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.51% of the population.
There were 795 households out of which 36.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.4% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.5% were non-families. 28.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.10.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 31.4% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 11.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 100.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.8 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $24,148, and the median income for a family was $30,195. Males had a median income of $29,219 versus $23,646 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $13,178. About 16.7% of families and 22.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.0% of those under age 18 and 1.9% of those age 65 or over.
The primary local news source is the Westwood PinePress, a newspaper published every Wednesday.
Westwood is the site of Walker mansion and statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. The town of Westwood claims to be the hometown of Paul Bunyan. Westwood is located in Mountain Meadows and home of the Mountain Meadows Conservancy, a non-profit organization with the goal of protecting Westwood's rural culture, this very diverse collection of mountain habitats and its endangered species and sacred Maidu sites.