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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. 

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population91,635
Male Share of the Population49.8%
Female Share of the Population50.2%
Senior Citizens16.9%
Employed Population 16+40,374
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married49.6%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher22.8%
Median Earnings25+$30,714
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$16,830
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,063

Wealth

Median Family Income$59,493
% Above Poverty Level82.1%
% Below Poverty Level17.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time28 minutes
% Working from Home3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work2%
% Using Public Transportation1.8%

Housing

People Living Alone17.5%
Median Gross Rent$1,364
Median House Value$499,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)71.2%
German5.5%
Irish3.6%
English3.4%
Italian2.3%
French Except Basque1.2%
Arab1%
Norwegian0.8%
Polish0.7%
Scottish0.5%
Swedish0.5%
Dutch0.5%
Greek0.4%
Iranian0.3%
Egyptian0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Danishn0.3%
Portuguese0.2%
African0.2%
Romanian0.2%
US/American0.2%
Russian0.2%
Somali0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Jordanian0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Welsh0.1%
Palestinian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
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Westminster Almanac

CategoryValue
County Orange County
Standard Zip Codes92683
P.O. Box Zip Codes92684, 92685
Phone Area Codes657,714
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude33.75
Approximate Longitude-117.99

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)

StationSANTA ANA FIRE STATION
Distance8 miles
Jan Temp47 to 69 F
Apr Temp52 to 74 F
Jul Temp63 to 83 F
Oct Temp58 to 80 F
Annual Precip13.8 inches
StationANAHEIM
Distance11.6 miles
Jan Temp45 to 69 F
Apr Temp51 to 73 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp56 to 80 F
Annual Precip11.2 inches
StationTUSTIN IRVINE RANCH
Distance15.3 miles
Jan Temp41 to 68 F
Apr Temp48 to 73 F
Jul Temp60 to 84 F
Oct Temp53 to 79 F
Annual Precip13.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Cypress48,978$92,478
Fountain Valley56,670$95,223
Garden Grove174,676$63,898
Los Alamitos11,661$90,382
Seal Beach24,510$102,311
Stanton38,594$48,825

Westminster Hospitals

Kindred Hospital Westminster
(Proprietary)
200 Hospital Circle

Westminster Public Schools

Eastwood Elementary
13552 University
ZIP: 92683
Primary
Total Enrollment 520
Finley Elementary
13521 Edwards St.
ZIP: 92683
Primary
Total Enrollment 407
Fryberger Elementary
6952 Hood Dr.
ZIP: 92683
Primary
Total Enrollment 468
Hbuhsd Community Day
1022 W.minster Mall
ZIP: 92683
John F. Land
15151 Temple St.
ZIP: 92683
John Marshall Elementary
15791 Bushard St.
ZIP: 92683
Primary
Total Enrollment 475
Johnson Middle
13603 Edwards St.
ZIP: 92683
Middle
Total Enrollment 735
La Quinta High
10372 Mcfadden St.
ZIP: 92683
High
Total Enrollment 2142
Leo Carrillo Elementary
15270 Bushard St.
ZIP: 92683
Primary
Total Enrollment 582
Post Elementary
14641 Ward St.
ZIP: 92683
Primary
Total Enrollment 616
Sarah Mcgarvin Intermediate
9802 Bishop Pl.
ZIP: 92683
Middle
Total Enrollment 810
Schmitt Elementary
7200 Trask Ave.
ZIP: 92683
Primary
Total Enrollment 532
Sequoia Elementary
5900 Iroquois Rd.
ZIP: 92683
Primary
Total Enrollment 401
Susan B. Anthony Elementary
15320 Pickford St.
ZIP: 92683
Primary
Total Enrollment 475
Warner Middle
14171 Newland St.
ZIP: 92683
Middle
Total Enrollment 1074
Webber Elementary
14142 Hoover St.
ZIP: 92683
Primary
Total Enrollment 348
Westminster High
14325 Goldenw. St.
ZIP: 92683
High
Total Enrollment 2688
Westmont Elementary
8251 Heil Ave.
ZIP: 92683
Primary
Total Enrollment 351
Willmore Elementary
7122 Maple St.
ZIP: 92683
Primary
Total Enrollment 322

Westminster Private Schools

Bethany Christian Academy
13431 Edwards St
ZIP: 92683
Elementary
Total Enrollment 82
Blessed Sacrament Catholic School
14146 Olive St
ZIP: 92683
Elementary
Total Enrollment 282
Covenant Christian Academy
10101 Cunningham Ave
ZIP: 92683
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 46
Kiddies Castle Montessori School
6900 Garden Grove Blvd
ZIP: 92683
Elementary
Total Enrollment 1
Montessori Childrens World
14212 Edwards St
ZIP: 92683
Elementary
Total Enrollment 3
Oc Montessori Academy
8372 Mcfadden Ave
ZIP: 92683
Elementary
Total Enrollment 14
Westminster Bible Academy
9421 England Ave
ZIP: 92683
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 10
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