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. 

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.


Total Population 91,719
Male Share of the Population 49.4%
Female Share of the Population 50.6%
Senior Citizens 16.1%
Employed Population 16+ 41,044
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 49.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22.4%
Median Earnings25+ $30,438
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,463
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,041


Median Family Income $57,194
% Above Poverty Level 82.2%
% Below Poverty Level 17.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.3%
% Using Public Transportation 2.2%


People Living Alone 17.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,362
Median House Value $470,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 72.6%
US/American 0.3%
English 3.6%
Irish 3.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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


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

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
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
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 49,008 $89,347
Fountain Valley 56,696 $94,238
Garden Grove 174,721 $61,577
Los Alamitos 11,658 $90,054
Seal Beach 24,551 $94,516
Stanton 38,625 $47,210

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Westminster High Schools

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Serves 2,628 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.3

A Title I School.
Serves 1,673 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.5

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