Introduction to Westminster, Colorado

Westminster is a Colorado city located in Adams and Jefferson Counties, about 13 miles northwest of Denver, the state capital, and 18 miles southeast of the city of Boulder. Westminster is bisected by U.S. Route 36 (also known as the Denver/Boulder Turnpike) and is adjacent to Interstates I-25, I-70 and I-76. Denver International Airport (DIA) is situated only 30 minutes away from the city, which is also adjacent to one of the state's largest corporate airports, Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport.

Early settlement in the Westminster area coincided with the discovery of gold on Little Dry Creek in 1858 and was strengthened by the subsequent enactment of the Homestead Act of 1862, which attracted many settlers from the east. Westminster's first permanent settler was Pleasant DeSpain, who built his home in 1870 on 160 acres of farmland, and the area soon became known as DeSpain Junction. Other settlers soon followed, one of the more prominent being Edward Bruce Bowles, a horse breeder whose large red brick home stands today as a local museum. Another early settler was C.J. Harris, a real estate developer from Connecticut who inspired the community's name change to Harris. In 1911, Harris became incorporated as a city and underwent yet another name change, this time to Westminster, in honor of a local school (Westminster University) modeled after Princeton University.

Westminster Places of Interest

Westminster offers a wide assortment of recreational, historic, and artistic options to enjoy. Lovers of history can turn back the hands of time and explore Westminster as it was a century ago by visiting the Bowles House Museum, housed in a converted farmhouse originally constructed between 1871 and 1876. The city's Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center offers fascinating insight into invertebrates, science, and conservation; where visitors can explore an indoor tropical rainforest surrounded by nearly 1,200 live butterflies. Westminster's City Hall features a staircase whose 181 stairs climbs to a bell tower with a fabulous view of the Rocky Mountains. The Westminster Promenade is an outdoor pedestrian business and entertainment venue which includes children's play areas, outdoor restaurants and cafes, and numerous trails.

Activities in Denver or Boulder are only a 20 minute drive in either direction and there is plenty to see and do in the surrounding metropolitan areas. Among the more popular sights and sounds are:

  • Hyland Hills Water World: One of the nation's largest water parks with over 60 acres of water slides, tubes, waves and beaches.
  • Denver Art Museum
  • Denver Museum of Nature and Science
  • Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
  • Denver Zoo
  • Six-Flags Elitch Gardens
  • Denver Aquarium
  • Chautauqua Park and Theatre (Boulder)

The Denver metro area is also home to several top professional sports teams. Denver's Pepsi Center is the host site of the National Lacrosse League's Colorado Mammoth, the National Basketball Association's Denver Nuggets, the Arena Football League's Colorado Crush, and the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League. Other major league teams in Denver include the Denver Broncos of the National Football League, Major League Baseball's Colorado Rockies, and Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids.


Total Population 110,598
Male Share of the Population 49.5%
Female Share of the Population 50.5%
Senior Citizens 10.7%
Employed Population 16+ 57,955
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 51.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 35.7%
Median Earnings25+ $42,353
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,949
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,217


Median Family Income $80,079
% Above Poverty Level 91%
% Below Poverty Level 9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 5.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.6%
% Using Public Transportation 4.3%


People Living Alone 26%
Median Gross Rent $1,121
Median House Value $235,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 35.2%
US/American 0%
English 9.6%
Irish 10.5%

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

Westminster Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 7 miles NW of Denver, Colorado
County Adams
Standard Zip Codes 80003, 80005, 80020, 80021, 80030, 80031, 80221, 80234, 80241, 80260
P.O. Box Zip Codes 80035, 80036
Phone Area Codes 303
Time Zone Mountain (-7 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.836
Longitude -105.036

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 4.5 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 44 F
Apr Temp 33 to 61 F
Jul Temp 56 to 88 F
Oct Temp 36 to 66 F
Annual Precip 13.2 inches
Distance 7.3 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 44 F
Apr Temp 30 to 59 F
Jul Temp 55 to 86 F
Oct Temp 32 to 65 F
Annual Precip 17 inches
Distance 17.7 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 45 F
Apr Temp 31 to 62 F
Jul Temp 55 to 90 F
Oct Temp 34 to 68 F
Annual Precip 18.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Westminster, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

East Lake (80241)

Eastlake (80241)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Arvada 111,658 $85,459
Commerce City 50,346 $71,383
Federal Heights 12,037 $40,990
Northglenn 37,754 $63,339
Thornton 127,688 $74,884
Wheat Ridge 30,863 $61,725

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

Westminster Public Libraries

Westminster Public Library
3705 W. 112TH AVE
Westminster, Colorado
(303) 404-5555
Library Web Site

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Westminster Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
2551 W 84TH AVENUE
(303) 426-2402
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 19.8

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Student/teacher ratio: 16.9

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Serves 231 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.1

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