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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population111,770
Male Share of the Population49.5%
Female Share of the Population50.5%
Senior Citizens11.3%
Employed Population 16+59,194
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married51.9%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher36.5%
Median Earnings25+$42,990
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$25,382
Median Earnings With High School Degree$36,014

Wealth

Median Family Income$82,303
% Above Poverty Level91.4%
% Below Poverty Level8.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time27 minutes
% Working from Home5.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.7%
% Using Public Transportation4.5%

Housing

People Living Alone25.9%
Median Gross Rent$1,189
Median House Value$249,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)34.7%
Irish10.7%
English9.6%
Italian6.3%
Polish3.1%
French Except Basque2.9%
Swedish2.6%
Scottish2.5%
Norwegian2%
Dutch1.7%
Russian1.1%
Czech1%
Danishn0.9%
Austrian0.7%
Welsh0.7%
Hungarian0.4%
Swiss0.3%
Arab0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Greek0.3%
African0.3%
Romanian0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Sudanese0.1%
Turkish0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Jordanian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
German0.1%
Icelander0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
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Westminster Almanac

CategoryValue
County Adams County, Jefferson County, Broomfield County
Standard Zip Codes80030, 80031, 80003, 80005, 80020, 80021, 80023, 80241, 80234, 80221, 80260
P.O. Box Zip Codes80035, 80036
Phone Area Codes303, 720
Time ZoneAmerica/Denver
Approximate Latitude39.83
Approximate Longitude-105.04

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)

StationNORTHGLENN
Distance4.5 miles
Jan Temp16 to 44 F
Apr Temp33 to 61 F
Jul Temp56 to 88 F
Oct Temp36 to 66 F
Annual Precip13.2 inches
StationLAKEWOOD
Distance7.3 miles
Jan Temp13 to 44 F
Apr Temp30 to 59 F
Jul Temp55 to 86 F
Oct Temp32 to 65 F
Annual Precip17 inches
StationCHERRY CREEK DAM
Distance17.7 miles
Jan Temp16 to 45 F
Apr Temp31 to 62 F
Jul Temp55 to 90 F
Oct Temp34 to 68 F
Annual Precip18.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Arvada113,532$87,422
Commerce City51,731$73,037
Federal Heights12,173$41,889
Northglenn38,128$67,020
Thornton130,511$76,399
Wheat Ridge31,044$65,377

Westminster Public Libraries

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

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Westminster Hospitals

84th Avenue Neighborhood Health Center
(Non-profit)
2551 W 84th Avenue
(303) 430-3201

Westminster Public Schools

Ryan Elementary School
5851 West 115th Avenue
ZIP: 80020
Primary
Total Enrollment 485
Sheridan Green Elementary School
10951 North Harlan Street
ZIP: 80020
Primary
Total Enrollment 420
Woodrow Wilson Charter Academy
8300 W 94th Avenue
ZIP: 80021
Primary
Total Enrollment 845
Mandalay Middle School
9651 North Pierce St
ZIP: 80021
Middle
Total Enrollment 410
Lukas Elementary School
9650 West 97th Avenue
ZIP: 80021
Primary
Total Enrollment 528
Adams Elementary School
6450 West 95th Place
ZIP: 80021
Primary
Total Enrollment 502
Wayne Carle Middle School
10200 W 100th Avenue
ZIP: 80021
Middle
Total Enrollment 410
Witt Elementary School
10255 West 104th Drive
ZIP: 80021
Primary
Total Enrollment 375
Standley Lake High School
9300 West 104th Avenue
ZIP: 80021
High
Total Enrollment 1290
Semper Elementary School
7575 West 96th Avenue
ZIP: 80021
Primary
Total Enrollment 444
Mesa Elementary School
9100 Lowell Boulevard
ZIP: 80030
Primary
Total Enrollment 369
Shaw Heights Middle School
8780 Circle Drive
ZIP: 80030
Middle
Total Enrollment 577
Colorado Stem Academy
7281 Irving Street
ZIP: 80030
Primary
Total Enrollment 264
Sunset Ridge Elementary School
9451 Hooker Street
ZIP: 80030
Primary
Total Enrollment 373
Flynn Elementary School
8731 Lowell Boulevard
ZIP: 80030
Primary
Total Enrollment 330
Harris Park Elementary School
4300 West 75th Avenue
ZIP: 80030
Primary
Total Enrollment 352
Cotton Creek Elementary School
11100 Vrain Street
ZIP: 80030
Primary
Total Enrollment 660
Arapahoe Ridge Elementary School
13095 Pecos Street
ZIP: 80030
Primary
Total Enrollment 608
Westminster Elementary School
7482 Irving Street
ZIP: 80030
Primary
Total Enrollment 278
Hidden Lake High School
7300 Lowell Boulevard
ZIP: 80030
High
Total Enrollment 256
Rocky Mountain Elementary School
3350 West 99th Avenue
ZIP: 80030
Primary
Total Enrollment 471
Westminster High School
4276 West 68th Avenue
ZIP: 80030
High
Total Enrollment 2456
Ricardo Flores Magon Academy
7255 Irving Street
ZIP: 80030
Primary
Total Enrollment 332
Gregory Hill Preschool
8030 Irving Street
ZIP: 80030
Primary
Total Enrollment 278
Academy Of Charter Schools
11800 Lowell Blvd
ZIP: 80031
Other
Total Enrollment 1804
Crown Pointe Charter Academy
2900 West 86th Avenue
ZIP: 80031
Primary
Total Enrollment 466
Mountain Range High School
12500 Huron Street
ZIP: 80234
High
Total Enrollment 1965
Goal Academy
3621 W. 73rd Ave Suite C-d
ZIP: 80300
High
Total Enrollment 3259

Westminster Private Schools

Primrose School At Torrey Peaks
5483 W 118th Pl
ZIP: 80020
Elementary
Total Enrollment 30
Victory Montessori And Childcare
11777 Sheridan Blvd
ZIP: 80020
Elementary
Total Enrollment 6
Hyland Christian School
5255 W 98th Ave
ZIP: 80020
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 54
Life Christian Academy
11500 Sheridan Blvd
ZIP: 80020
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 135
Kindercare Learning Center
7395 Church Ranch Blvd
ZIP: 80021
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
Devereux Cleo Wallace Center
8405 Church Ranch Blvd
ZIP: 80021
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 103
Holy Trinity Catholic School
3050 W 76th Ave
ZIP: 80030
Elementary
Total Enrollment 177
The Academy Child Development Center-westminster
5170 W 113th Ave
ZIP: 80031
Elementary
Total Enrollment 20
The Goddard School
4097 Main St
ZIP: 80031
Elementary
Total Enrollment 10
Belleview Christian School
3455 W 83rd Ave
ZIP: 80031
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 266
Cornerstone Christian Academy
12000 Zuni St
ZIP: 80234
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 222
Hope Montessori Academy
4401 Main St
ZIP: 80234
Elementary
Total Enrollment 80
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