Westminster, Colorado

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City of Westminster, Colorado
City
Houses in Westminster, with the Rocky Mountains in the background
Houses in Westminster, with the Rocky Mountains in the background
Flag of City of Westminster, Colorado
Flag
Location in Adams County, Colorado
Location in Adams County, Colorado
Coordinates: 39°50′10″N 105°2′14″W / 39.83611°N 105.03722°W / 39.83611; -105.03722Coordinates: 39°50′10″N 105°2′14″W / 39.83611°N 105.03722°W / 39.83611; -105.03722
Country United States
State Colorado
Counties[1] Adams County
Jefferson County
Settled 1859
Platted 1885 as DeSpain Junction, later Harris
Incorporated May 24, 1911[2] as the Town of Westminster
Government
 • Type Home Rule Municipality[1]
 • Mayor Herb Atchison
 • City Manager Brent McFall
Area
 • Total 32.9 sq mi (85.1 km2)
 • Land 31.5 sq mi (81.6 km2)
 • Water 1.4 sq mi (3.5 km2)
Elevation[3] 5,384 ft (1,641 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 106,114 (US: 251st)
 • Density 3,203.9/sq mi (1,237.0/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP codes[4] 80003, 80005, 80020-80021, 80023, 80030-80031, 80035-80036, 80221, 80234, 80241, 80260
Area code(s) Both 303 and 720
FIPS code 08-83835
GNIS feature ID 0204703
Highways I-25, US 36, US 287, SH 95, SH 121, SH 128
Website City of Westminster
seventh most populous Colorado city

Westminster is a Home Rule Municipality in Adams and Jefferson counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. Westminster is a northwest suburb of Denver. The Westminster Municipal Center is located 9 miles (14 km) north-northwest of the Colorado State Capitol. The United States Census Bureau that the city population was 106,114 on April 1, 2010 Census.[5] Westminster is the seventh most populous city in the state of Colorado and the 237th most populous city in the United States. The city ranks as the #2 most densely populated city in Colorado at 4,114 people per square mile putting it ahead of Denver and behind only Dupont (pop. 247.)[6] Westminster is a part of the Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Denver-Aurora-Boulder Combined Statistical Area. In July 2006, it was ranked as the 24th best place to live in the USA by Money magazine.[7]

History[edit]

Westminster University, also known as Westminster Castle is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and overlooks the city of Denver.

Gold discovered in the South Platte River Valley in 1858 brought national attention to the area that would become Westminster, Colorado. The promise of fortune and the Land Act of 1862 encouraged many settlers from the east to make Colorado their home instead of heading on to California. Before the settlements came, wildlife like antelope and buffalo made their homes in this area. There is also evidence of Arapaho Indians near the Crown Point (Gregory Hill) area.[8]

After the first permanent white settler, Pleasant DeSpain, built his home in 1870 on 160 acres (near what is now West 76th Avenue and Lowell Street), the area became known as DeSpain Junction and began attracting other settlers including horse breeder Edward Bruce Bowles who was instrumental in constructing the town's train depot in 1881. In 1885, Connecticut real estate developer C.J.Harris arrived in DeSpain Junction and began buying up land. Soon the town was renamed Harris, but was also known as Darell Park.[8]

In 1891, construction began on the Westminster Castle, which can still be seen today at West 83rd Avenue and Federal Boulevard. By 1911, the town had incorporated and was renamed one final time to Westminster, in honor of Westminster University.[9]

Geography[edit]

Westminster is located at 39°52′N 105°03′W / 39.867°N 105.050°W / 39.867; -105.050 (39.862, -105.048).[10] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 32.9 square miles (85 km2), of which, 31.5 square miles (82 km2) of it is land and 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2) of it (4.14%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 235
1930 436 85.5%
1940 534 22.5%
1950 1,686 215.7%
1960 13,850 721.5%
1970 19,432 40.3%
1980 50,211 158.4%
1990 74,625 48.6%
2000 100,940 35.3%
2010 106,114 5.1%
Est. 2011 107,967 1.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
2011 estimate

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 100,940 people, 38,343 households, and 26,034 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,203.9 people per square mile (1,236.9/km²). There were 39,318 housing units at an average density of 1,248.0 per square mile (481.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 84.19% White, 1.23% African American, 0.74% Native American, 5.48% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 5.52% from other races, and 2.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.23% of the population.

There were 38,343 households out of which 35.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.6% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.1% were non-families. 23.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.9% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 36.0% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 6.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 100.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $56,323, and the median income for a family was $63,776. Males had a median income of $41,539 versus $31,568 for females. The per capita income for the city was $25,482. About 3.1% of families and 4.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.1% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation[edit]

Westminster is on several state highways: I-25, US 36, US 287, SH 95, SH 121, and SH 128.

The Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD) provides bus service to Westminster and the rest of the metropolitan area. RTD plans to build commuter rail and bus rapid transit lines servicing Westminster as part of the Fastracks project that originate in Denver and travel to Longmont and Boulder respectively.

Westminster is served by Denver International Airport and nearby Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport.

Economy[edit]

Companies based in Westminster include Western Fuels Association.

Top employers[edit]

According to Westminster's 2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[12] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Avaya 900
2 St. Anthony North Hospital 800
3 Ball 533
4 Lender Processing Services 500
5 McKesson 500
6 Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association 490
7 Alliance Data 479
8 Trimble Navigation 362
9 Kaiser Permanente 340
10 Reed Group 325

Education[edit]

High schools in or near Westminster include the Academy of Charter Schools, Hidden Lake High School, Jefferson Academy High School, Legacy High School, Mountain Range High School, Northglenn High School, Pomona High School, Standley Lake High School, and Westminster High School.[13] In 2010 Adams County School District 50 opened a new Westminster High School replacing both the existing Westminster High School and Ranum High School, which graduated its last class that year.[14]

Open space[edit]

Westminster has an extensive trail network and open space system. The highlight of the trail system is the Big Dry Creek Trail which extends approximately 12 miles (19 km) from the eastern boundary of the city to Standley Lake. Other trails parallel the Farmers’ High Line Canal, Walnut Creek, and Little Dry Creek. In addition, the city has preserved large expanses of land in the Standley Lake Regional Park, the Westminster Hills area, and various sites which reflect the city's history. Westminster City Park, City Park Recreation Center, and many other neighborhood and community parks provide various recreation facilities.[15] Westminster has several golf courses, including Legacy Ridge Golf Course, The Heritage Golf Course at Westmoor and the Hyland Hills golf course.

Shopping[edit]

The city's major mall was the Westminster Mall, demolished in 2012.[16]

Westminster also contains The Orchard Town Center, an outdoor lifestyle center mall anchored by Macy's, JC Penney and REI, located at I-25 and 144th Ave.

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Active Colorado Municipalities". State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  2. ^ "Colorado Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado State Archives. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2007-09-02. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "ZIP Code Lookup" (JavaScript/HTML). United States Postal Service. Retrieved 2008-01-08. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Population for All Incorporated Places in Colorado" (CSV). 2009 Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division. Retrieved 2010-07-20. [dead link]
  6. ^ Cities with the Highest Population Density in Colorado | Zip Atlas
  7. ^ "MONEY Magazine: Best places to live 2006: Top 100 1-25". CNN. 
  8. ^ a b "The Early Settlers". Historic Westminster, Colorado. City of Westminster. Retrieved October 24, 2012. 
  9. ^ "The Princeton of the West". Historic Westminster, Colorado. City of Westminster. Retrieved October 24, 2012. 
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  12. ^ City of Westminster CAFR
  13. ^ City of Westminster > Explore Westminster > Schools
  14. ^ Whaley, Monte. "New Westminster High set to open with new teaching approach". Denver Post. 
  15. ^ Open Space - City of Westminster, Colorado
  16. ^ Jackson, Margaret. "Westminster Mall to be razed for a new downtown". Denver Post. 

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