Westminster, Massachusetts

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Westminster, Massachusetts

Introduction to Westminster, Massachusetts

Westminster, Massachusetts, in Worcester county, is 20 miles N of Worcester, Massachusetts and 45 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. There are 6,907 residents in the town.

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.

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High Points

Westminster strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Massachusetts):

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Westminster Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Westminster, Massachusetts

Comparing Westminster to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Massachusetts (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 9 9
Age of the Population 7 6
Well-Paid Single Men 7 4
Well-Paid Single Women 6 3
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 6
Senior Citizens 3 4
Racial Diversity 3 6
Female Share of the Population 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 8
Average Household Size 8 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 9 8
People in Middle Class or Better 8 6
Median Family Income 8 5
College Educated Adults 8 5

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 8 5
Public Transportation Use 5 4
Short Commute Times 3 6
Walking and Biking to Work 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 8
Housing Recently Built 6 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 7
Affordability of Rents 4 6
People Living Alone 2 3
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 3

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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

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
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
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
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
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Westminster Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 6,907 100%
Male 3,445 49.9%
Female 3,462 50.1%
Under 18 1,850 26.8%
18+ 5,057 73.2%
65+ 753 10.9%
Median Age 38.6
Average Family Size 3.09
White 6,734 97.5%
African-American 32 0.5%
Asian 79 1.1%
American Indian & Alaskan 10 0.1%
Other 10 0.1%
Mixed Race 42 0.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 77 1.1%

Estimated Westminster Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 7,370
Growth 463
Growth % 6.7%

Westminster Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
French (except Basque) 17.6%
Irish 15%
French Canadian 13.2%
English 9%
Italian 9%
Finnish 8.5%
US/American 5.6%
Polish 3.4%
German 3.1%
Scottish 2.5%
Swedish 2.4%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 2%
Lithuanian 1.6%
Canadian 1.3%
Scotch-Irish 1.3%
Portuguese 0.9%
European 0.8%
Dutch 0.8%
Russian 0.6%
Norwegian 0.6%
British 0.3%
Greek 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Westminster 6,907 $61,835
Ashburnham 5,546 $58,993
Fitchburg 39,102 $43,291
Gardner 20,770 $47,164
Hubbardston 3,909 $66,058
Leominster 41,303 $54,660
Princeton 3,353 $84,300

Westminster Public Libraries

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

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