WESTMINSTER is a Home Rule Municipality in Adams and Jefferson
counties in the
U.S. state of
Colorado . Westminster is a northwest
Denver . The Westminster Municipal Center is located 9 miles
(14 km) north-northwest of the
Colorado State Capitol . The United
Census Bureau estimates that the city population was 106,114 on
April 1, 2010 Census. Westminster is the seventh most populous city
in the state of
Colorado and the 237th most populous city in the
United States . Westminster is a part of the Denver-Aurora-Broomfield,
CO Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Denver-Aurora-Boulder
Combined Statistical Area . In July 2006, it was ranked as the 24th
best place to live in the USA by Money magazine.
* 1 History
* 2 Geography
* 3 Demographics
* 4 Transportation
* 5 Economy
* 5.1 Top employers
* 6 Education
* 7 Open space
* 8 Shopping
* 9 Notable people
* 10 See also
* 11 References
* 12 External links
Westminster University, also known as
Westminster Castle is
listed on the
National Register of Historic Places and overlooks the
Gold discovered in the
South Platte River Valley in 1858 brought
national attention to the area that would become Westminster,
Colorado. The promise of fortune and the Land Act of 1862 encouraged
many settlers from the east to make
Colorado their home instead of
heading on to
California . Before the settlements came, wildlife like
antelope and buffalo made their homes in this area. There is also
Arapaho Indians near the Crown Point (Gregory Hill) area.
After the first permanent white settler, Pleasant DeSpain, built his
home in 1870 on 160 acres (near what is now West 76th Avenue and
Lowell Street), the area became known as DeSpain Junction and began
attracting other settlers including horse breeder Edward Bruce Bowles
who was instrumental in constructing the town's train depot in 1881.
Connecticut real estate developer C. J. Harris arrived in
DeSpain Junction and began buying up land. Soon the town was renamed
Harris, but was also known as Darell Park.
In 1891, construction began on the
Westminster Castle , which can
still be seen as of today at West 83rd Avenue and Federal Boulevard.
By 1911, the town had incorporated and was renamed one final time to
Westminster, in honor of Westminster University .
Westminster is located at 39°52′N 105°03′W / 39.867°N
105.050°W / 39.867; -105.050 (39.862, -105.048). According to
Census Bureau , the city has a total area of 32.9
square miles (85 km2), of which, 31.5 square miles (82 km2) of it is
land and 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2) of it (4.14%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 100,940 people, 38,343
households, and 26,034 families residing in the city. The population
density was 3,203.9 people per square mile (1,236.9/km²). There were
39,318 housing units at an average density of 1,248.0 per square mile
(481.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 84.19% White , 1.23%
African American , 0.74% Native American , 5.48% Asian , 0.08% Pacific
Islander , 5.52% from other races , and 2.76% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.23% of the population.
There were 38,343 households out of which 35.7% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 53.6% were married couples living
together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and
32.1% were non-families. 23.7% of all households were made up of
individuals and 4.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age
or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family
size was 3.15.
In the city, the population was spread out with 26.9% under the age
of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 36.0% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64,
and 6.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33
years. For every 100 females there were 100.2 males. For every 100
females age 18 and over, there were 98.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $56,323, and the
median income for a family was $63,776. Males had a median income of
$41,539 versus $31,568 for females. The per capita income for the city
was $25,482. About 3.1% of families and 4.7% of the population were
below the poverty line , including 5.1% of those under age 18 and 6.3%
of those age 65 or over.
Westminster is on several state highways : I-25 , US 36 , US 287 , SH
95 , SH 121 , and SH 128 .
Regional Transportation District (RTD) provides bus
service to Westminster and the rest of the metropolitan area. RTD
plans to build commuter rail servicing Westminster as part of the
Fastracks project that originate in
Denver and travel to Longmont and
Boulder respectively. As part of the US 36 Express Lanes Project, a
bus rapid transit line was established along the corridor, branded the
Flatiron Flyer. The BRT line was completed in 2016, and consists of
six stations along US 36, including two in Westminster, Church Ranch
Station and Westminster Center Station. The busses travel on managed
lanes to increase the efficiency of the service, and offer frequent
bus service connecting the
Denver metro area with the northwest
region's businesses, federal institutions and the University of
Colorado–Boulder. Riders also have convenient and frequent access to
downtown Boulder and downtown Denver.
Westminster is served by
Denver International Airport and nearby
Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport
Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport .
Companies based in Westminster include
Western Fuels Association .
According to Westminster's 2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial
Report, the top employers in the city are:
# OF EMPLOYEES
St. Anthony North Hospital
Black Knight Financial Services
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association
High schools in or near Westminster include the Academy of Charter
Schools, Hidden Lake High School, Jefferson Academy High School ,
Legacy High School, Mountain Range High School, Northglenn High
School, Pomona High School ,
Standley Lake High School , and
Westminster High School . In 2010 Adams County School District 50
opened a new Westminster High School replacing both the existing
Westminster High School and
Ranum High School , which graduated its
last class that year.
Westminster has an extensive trail network and open space system. The
highlight of the trail system is the Big Dry Creek Trail which extends
approximately 12 miles (19 km) from the eastern boundary of the city
to Standley Lake. Other trails parallel the Farmers' High Line Canal,
Walnut Creek, and Little Dry Creek . In addition, the city has
preserved large expanses of land in the Standley Lake Regional Park,
the Westminster Hills area, and various sites which reflect the city's
City Park Recreation Center, and many
other neighborhood and community parks provide various recreation
facilities. Westminster has several golf courses, including Legacy
Ridge Golf Course, The Heritage Golf Course at Westmoor and the Hyland
Hills golf course.
The city's major mall was the Westminster Mall , demolished in 2012.
Westminster also contains The Orchard
Town Center, an outdoor
lifestyle center mall anchored by Macy\'s ,
JC Penney and
located at I-25 and 144th Ave.
Main article: List of people from Westminster,
Notable individuals who were born in and/or have lived in Westminster
include figure skater
Mariah Bell ,
Texas newspaper publisher Frank
Willis Mayborn , and silent film actor
Pete Morrison .
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* Adams County,
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Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area
Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge
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