|Motto: "Where history meets tomorrow"|
Location in Maryland
|• Mayor||Kevin T. Utz|
|• Total||6.64 sq mi (17.20 km2)|
|• Land||6.63 sq mi (17.17 km2)|
|• Water||0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)|
|Elevation||764 ft (233 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||18,628|
|• Density||2,803.9/sq mi (1,082.6/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (UTC5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|Area code(s)||410, 443, 667|
|GNIS feature ID||0595080|
Westminster is a city in northern Maryland, United States. It is the seat of Carroll County. The city's population was 18,590 at the 2010 census. Westminster is an outlying community within the Baltimore-Towson, MD MSA, which is part of a greater Washington-Baltimore-Northern Virginia, DC-MD-VA-WV CSA.
William Winchester (1711-1790) purchased approximately 1000 acres of land called White's Level in 1764 which became known as the city of Winchester. The Maryland General Assembly later changed the name of his town from Winchester to Westminster because Winchester was also the name of the county seat of Frederick County, Virginia where it was at that time located.
On June 29, 1864, the cavalry skirmish known as Corbit's Charge was fought in the streets of Westminster, when two companies of Delaware cavalry attacked a much larger Confederate force under General J.E.B. Stuart.
In April 1865, Joseph Shaw, newspaper editor, had his presses wrecked and his business destroyed, and was subsequently beaten and stabbed to death by four men in Westminster, allegedly because of an anti-Lincoln editorial that was published the week before the actual assassination. In a later trial at the Westminster Court House the four men were acquitted; the reason cited was "self-defense".
A historic marker states that Westminster was the first place in the nation to offer Rural Free Delivery postal service.
On March 10, 2006, members of the Westboro Baptist Church picketed the funeral of Matthew A. Snyder who had been killed in the Iraq War. Church members stood on city property adjoining St. John Catholic Church where the funeral took place. Snyder's father sued the church for violating his privacy. The United States Supreme Court in March 2011 ruled in Snyder v. Phelps that church members had a free speech right to picket.
On Friday, June 26th, 2015 the City of Westminster lit the Westminster Fiber Network, the first community wide gigabit fiber to the premise network in the mid-Atlantic region. The City partnered with Ting_Inc., a subsidiary of Tucows, to light the network and provide gigabit services.
Westminster is located at (39.576551, −77.000120).
Westminster lies in the humid subtropical climate zone, with hot and humid summers and cool winters with highly variable seasonal snowfall. Due to its elevation, distance from the Chesapeake Bay and urban heat island, temperatures in Westminster are often considerably lower than in Baltimore, especially at night.
|Climate data for Westminster, Maryland (1981−2010 normals)|
|Average high °F (°C)||41.3
|Average low °F (°C)||21.9
|Average precipitation inches (mm)||2.88
|Average snowfall inches (cm)||7.3
|Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in)||8.4||8.1||9.9||10.6||11.9||9.8||8.8||8.4||7.8||7.2||8.9||8.9||108.7|
|Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.1 in)||3.0||1.9||1.2||.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.3||1.1||7.6|
Westminster's historical tornado activity is slightly above the Maryland state average and 38% greater than the overall U.S. average. On April 16, 2011, a tornado was confirmed to have touched down around 8:00 pm EST. On July 19, 1996, an F3 (which has wind speeds of 158–206 mph) tornado struck 5.5 miles away from the Westminster city center, injuring three people and causing $5 million in damages. On April 15, 1952, an F3 tornado hit 15.5 miles away from the city center, injuring four people and causing between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.
As of the census of 2010, there were 18,590 people, 7,161 households, and 4,117 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,803.9 inhabitants per square mile (1,082.6/km2). There were 7,684 housing units at an average density of 1,159.0 per square mile (447.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 86.0% White, 7.0% African American, 0.3% Native American, 2.2% Asian, 1.9% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.0% of the population.
There were 7,161 households of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.5% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 42.5% were non-families. 35.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 3.12.
The median age in the city was 33.3 years. 22.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 15% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.6% were from 25 to 44; 21.9% were from 45 to 64; and 13.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.5% male and 52.5% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 16,731 people, 6,420 households, and 3,762 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,929.4 people per square mile (1,131.3/km²). There were 6,755 housing units at an average density of 1,182.7 per square mile (456.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.28% White, 5.49% African American, 0.23% Native American, 1.20% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.65% from other races, and 1.11% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.78% of the population. 28% of Westminster's residents were German, 15% Irish, 14% English, 6% Italian, 5% Polish, 2% French, and 2% Scottish.
There were 6,420 households out of which 32.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.5% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.4% were non-families. 34.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 3.05.
In the city the population was spread out with 24.1% under the age of 18, 14.5% from 18 to 24, 31.4% from 25 to 44, 16.8% from 45 to 64, and 13.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 87.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $40,477, and the median income for a family was $50,879. Males had a median income of $37,186 versus $28,419 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,320. About 7.9% of families and 9.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.5% of those under age 18 and 9.5% of those age 65 or over.
According to the City of Westminster, the top employers in the city are:
|#||Employer||# of Employees|
|1||Carroll County Public Schools||3,757|
|4||Carroll Lutheran Village||437|
|5||General Dynamics Robotics Systems||350|
|7||S.H. Tevis & Son||238|
|10||Landmark Community Newspapers||164|
The five largest employers just outside of Westminster in Carroll County are:
|#||Employer||# of Employees|
|1||Carroll Hospital Center||1,696|
|3||Carroll Community College||509|
|4||English American Tailoring||385|
Arts and culture
- Carroll County Fair
- Common Ground on the Hill
- Maryland Wine Festival
- Art in the Park
The Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) system enrolls over 28,000 students, which makes it the ninth largest school system in the state of Maryland. In Carroll County there are eight comprehensive high schools as well as two career and technology centers and an alternative school, The Gateway School. Students in grades 9 through 12 attend one of seven Carroll County high schools. Carroll County has 23 elementary schools and 9 middle schools. In the city of Westminster, there are two high schools, two middle schools and three elementary schools.
Westminster is home to McDaniel College, a small liberal-arts college, to the Civil Air Patrol's National Honor Guard Academy, and to Dream Flight School, an institution providing flight lessons at the local airport.
- Whittaker Chambers, former Soviet spy who testified against Alger Hiss
- Sargent Shriver, American politician, born in Westminster November 9, 1915.
- Clyfford Still, renowned American abstract expressionist painter; had a farm nearby
- Theodore E. Woodward, Nobel Prize nominee, renowned researcher in the field of medicine
- The film For Richer or Poorer was filmed in Westminster.
- In 1997, Linda Fisher, aka The Muffin Lady, who made and sold muffins to people and stores in downtown Westminster in an effort to stay off welfare, was shut down by the Carroll County Health Department because she was not using a commercial kitchen. The Westminster Fire Department helped her by offering the use of their catering kitchen. This experience led to a story on Good Morning America and the publication of Fisher's cookbook, MUFFIN MAKEOVERS; Recipes and Reflections From Linda Fisher, Rebuilding Her Life One Batch at a Time.
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- City of Westminster official website
- Westminster High School
- Winters Mill High School
- Historic Belle Grove Square Neighborhood