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Overview

Introduction to Westminster, California

The city of Westminster is located in Orange County, California, approximately 11 miles southwest of Anaheim and 9 miles west of Santa Ana. It was founded in 1870 by Reverend Lemuel P. Webber as a Presbyterian temperance colony, and derived its name from the Westminster Assembly of 1643, which formulated the basic principles of the Presbyterian faith. Early settlers refused to grow grapes due to the association between grapes and alcohol, but by the end of the 19th century grapes were flourishing and by the 1930s the Green Kat Tavern had become a town landmark. Westminster was incorporated as a city in 1957. The original plan was to form a municipality named Tri-City reflecting an amalgamation of three cities: Westminster, Midway City, and Barber City. When Midway City withdrew from the venture, Barber City was simply absorbed into the western portion of the newly incorporated city of Westminster.

An influx of Southeast Asian refugees relocated to the city in the 1970s and 1980s, settling largely in a section of the city now officially named Little Saigon. The ensuing development of more than 3500 Vietnamese-American businesses and restaurants in this roughly three square-mile area provided the city with a boost to both its commercial base and tourism base. In 1996, Westminster was named 'All-America City' by the National Civic League for its numerous civic accomplishments.

Things to do in and around Westminster

The Asian Garden Mall and Little Saigon Plaza are considered the heart of Little Saigon, a three square mile area containing literally hundreds of Southeast Asian restaurants, huge shopping centers and strip malls. The two-story Asian Garden Mall is an enclosed retail complex of more than 300 different stores and restaurants. Another Westminster attraction is the Blakey Historical Park and Museum, whose exhibits depict everyday life of Westminster residents in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Among the exhibits is the McCoy-Hare House, which was built in 1874 and served as the community's first drugstore. The fully restored and furnished 1915 Warne farmhouse is another major exhibit. More places of interest in Westminster include the Vietnam War Memorial, the Liberty Skate Park, and the Westminster Ice Palace.

Visitors to Westminster can also take advantage of the city's proximity to the Anaheim area and its major attractions:

  • Disneyland
  • Disney's California Adventure
  • Knott's Berry Farm (Buena Park)
  • Knott's Soak City (Buena Park)
  • Medieval Times Dinner Show (Buena Park)
  • Pirate's Dinner Adventure (Buena Park)
  • Ripley's Believe it or Not! Museum (Buena Park)

For fans of pro sports, Anaheim is also home to two major-league teams: the Mighty Ducks of the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

People

Total Population 91,255
Male Share of the Population 49.7%
Female Share of the Population 50.3%
Senior Citizens 15.6%
Employed Population 16+ 40,222
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 49.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 21.4%
Median Earnings25+ $31,053
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,817
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,350

Wealth

Median Family Income $57,262
% Above Poverty Level 82.2%
% Below Poverty Level 17.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.6%
% Using Public Transportation 2.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 17.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,356
Median House Value $455,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 71.5%
US/American 0.3%
English 4.1%
Irish 4.1%

Westminster Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 7 miles SW of Anaheim, California
County Orange
Standard Zip Codes 92683
P.O. Box Zip Codes 92684, 92685
Phone Area Codes 714
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.759
Longitude -118.005

Westminster Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station SANTA ANA FIRE STATION
Distance 8 miles
Jan Temp 47 to 69 F
Apr Temp 52 to 74 F
Jul Temp 63 to 83 F
Oct Temp 58 to 80 F
Annual Precip 13.8 inches
Station ANAHEIM
Distance 11.6 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 69 F
Apr Temp 51 to 73 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 56 to 80 F
Annual Precip 11.2 inches
Station TUSTIN IRVINE RANCH
Distance 15.3 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 68 F
Apr Temp 48 to 73 F
Jul Temp 60 to 84 F
Oct Temp 53 to 79 F
Annual Precip 13.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cypress 48,748 $92,166
Fountain Valley 56,440 $93,322
Garden Grove 173,853 $62,562
Los Alamitos 11,598 $89,271
Seal Beach 24,477 $92,352
Stanton 38,455 $47,509
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WESTMINSTER HIGH
14325 GOLDENWEST ST.
714-893-1381
A Title I School.
Serves 2,628 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.3

LA QUINTA HIGH
10372 MCFADDEN ST.
714-663-6315
A Title I School.
Serves 1,673 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.5

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