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Overview

Introduction to Westminster, Massachusetts

Westminster, Massachusetts, in Worcester county, is 20 miles N of Worcester, Massachusetts and 45 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts.

Westminster History

Westminster, situated at the foothills of Mount Wachusett, was mostly unsettled in the 18th Century. The stretch of land was given to soldiers as payment for fighting in the French and Indian War, but it wasn't settled until several years later, when the descendants of those soldiers arrived. The territory was originally called Narragansett Number Two, in honor of the Indian tribes who inhabited the area. The area was first incorporated in 1759, when it was renamed Westminster. However, it was not fully recognized as a town until 1770.

Westminster and nearby Attractions

  • Fruitland Museum
  • Salisbury Mansion
  • Leominster State Forest
  • Ezra Wood-Levi Warner Place
  • Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Things To Do In Westminster

Nearby museums include the Fitchburg Art Museum, the National Plastics Center and Museum, and the Fruitland Museum. The Wachusett Mountain Ski Area is a popular local ski resort, while other nearby parks include the Dunn Pond State Park, the Quinsigamond State Park and the Whalom Park.

Westminster Transportation

Boston Logan International is the nearest major airport.

Westminster Higher Education

Local colleges and universities include Mount Wachusett Community College, Fitchburg State College, the College of the Holy Cross, Quinsigamond Community College and Worcester State College.

People

Total Population 7,414
Male Share of the Population 52.4%
Female Share of the Population 47.6%
Senior Citizens 12%
Employed Population 16+ 4,124
Age of the Population 43

Families

% of people married 55.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 42.7%
Median Earnings25+ $52,056
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $70,938
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,533

Wealth

Median Family Income $98,008
% Above Poverty Level 96.6%
% Below Poverty Level 3.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 5.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.4%
% Using Public Transportation 3.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 21.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,108
Median House Value $250,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.1%
US/American 0.9%
English 16.3%
Irish 24.9%

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

Westminster Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 20 miles N of Worcester, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 45 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Worcester
Standard Zip Codes 01473
Company Zip Codes 01441
Phone Area Codes 978
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.545
Longitude -71.911

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 BARRE FALLS DAM
Distance 10 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 32 F
Apr Temp 32 to 55 F
Jul Temp 55 to 80 F
Oct Temp 34 to 59 F
Annual Precip 45.5 inches
Station BIRCH HILL DAM
Distance 12.1 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 32 F
Apr Temp 30 to 56 F
Jul Temp 55 to 81 F
Oct Temp 32 to 60 F
Annual Precip 45.1 inches
Station PETERBORO 2 S
Distance 21.1 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 30 F
Apr Temp 32 to 54 F
Jul Temp 56 to 79 F
Oct Temp 35 to 58 F
Annual Precip 44.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Ashburnham 6,160 $106,352
Fitchburg 40,462 $56,792
Gardner 20,306 $55,949
Hubbardston 4,474 $94,485
Leominster 41,176 $74,560
Princeton 3,456 $127,043

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

Westminster Public Libraries

Library
Forbush Memorial Library
118 MAIN ST.
Westminster, Massachusetts
(978) 874-7416

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