The "W Towns" are a group of adjacent, very affluent towns west of Boston (beginning with the letter W), namely Wellesley
, and Wayland
, hence the term "W Towns." The posh Waban
neighborhood of Newton
, itself the wealthiest city, as opposed to town, in Massachusetts, is sometimes considered to be a "W Town." Waban is just across the Charles River from Wellesley.
Another community beginning with W, the City of Waltham
, while bordering Weston and geographically close to Wellesley and Wayland, is NOT one of the W Towns. This is due to Waltham's comparatively middle-class nature.
Waban, the most-affluent neighborhood in Newton, is NOT to be confused with Woburn
, a middle-class city about 10 miles to the north-east.