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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population7,480
Male Share of the Population49.2%
Female Share of the Population50.8%
Senior Citizens14.3%
Employed Population 16+4,256
Age of the Population45

Families

% of people married56.9%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher43.3%
Median Earnings25+$54,731
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$73,512
Median Earnings With High School Degree$36,582

Wealth

Median Family Income$106,273
% Above Poverty Level97.2%
% Below Poverty Level2.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time29 minutes
% Working from Home4.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.4%
% Using Public Transportation2.9%

Housing

People Living Alone21%
Median Gross Rent$1,113
Median House Value$270,400

Ancestry

Irish23.6%
English16%
French Except Basque14.7%
Italian14.5%
Canadian12%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)11.1%
Polish7.5%
German6.4%
Finnish5.7%
Scottish3.6%
Greek2.9%
Swedish2.7%
Dutch1.6%
Portuguese0.8%
Lithuanian0.8%
Danishn0.5%
Welsh0.5%
Norwegian0.4%
US/American0.3%
Swiss0.2%
Israeli0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Latvian0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Russian0.2%
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Westminster Almanac

CategoryValue
County Worcester County
Standard Zip Codes1473
Company Zip Codes1441
Phone Area Codes351, 978
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude42.58
Approximate Longitude-71.98

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)

StationBARRE FALLS DAM
Distance10 miles
Jan Temp11 to 32 F
Apr Temp32 to 55 F
Jul Temp55 to 80 F
Oct Temp34 to 59 F
Annual Precip45.5 inches
StationBIRCH HILL DAM
Distance12.1 miles
Jan Temp8 to 32 F
Apr Temp30 to 56 F
Jul Temp55 to 81 F
Oct Temp32 to 60 F
Annual Precip45.1 inches
StationPETERBORO 2 S
Distance21.1 miles
Jan Temp9 to 30 F
Apr Temp32 to 54 F
Jul Temp56 to 79 F
Oct Temp35 to 58 F
Annual Precip44.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Ashburnham6,171$105,106
Fitchburg40,441$59,307
Gardner20,334$59,007
Hubbardston4,537$94,512
Leominster41,304$71,991
Princeton3,451$133,967

Westminster Public Libraries

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

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Westminster Public Schools

Westminster Elementary
9 Academy Hill
ZIP: 1473
(978) 874-2043
Primary
Total Enrollment 355
Meetinghouse School
8 South Street
ZIP: 1473
(978) 874-0163
Primary
Total Enrollment 157

Westminster Private Schools

Wachusett Hills Christian School
100 Colony Rd
ZIP: 1473
Elementary
Total Enrollment 19
The Center For Education
2 Narrows Rd Ste 3b
ZIP: 1473
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 12
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