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Westminster is a Home Rule Municipality in Adams and Jefferson counties in the U.S. state
U.S. state
of Colorado. Westminster is a northwest suburb of Denver. The Westminster Municipal Center is located 9 miles (14 km) north-northwest of the Colorado
Colorado
State Capitol. The United States Census
Census
Bureau estimates that the city population was 106,114 on April 1, 2010 Census.[7] Westminster is the seventh most populous city in the state of Colorado
Colorado
and the 237th most populous city in the United States. Westminster is a part of the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, 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.[8]

Contents

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

History[edit]

Westminster University, also known as Westminster Castle
Westminster Castle
is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
National Register of Historic Places
and overlooks the city of Denver.

Gold
Gold
discovered in the South Platte River
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
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 evidence of Arapaho
Arapaho
Indians near the Crown Point (Gregory Hill) area.[9] 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. In 1885, Connecticut
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.[9] 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.[10] Geography[edit] Westminster is located at 39°52′N 105°03′W / 39.867°N 105.050°W / 39.867; -105.050 (39.862, -105.048).[11] According to the United States Census
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. Demographics[edit]

Historical population

Census Pop.

1920 235

1930 436

85.5%

1940 534

22.5%

1950 1,686

215.7%

1960 13,850

721.5%

1970 19,512

40.9%

1980 50,211

157.3%

1990 74,625

48.6%

2000 100,940

35.3%

2010 106,114

5.1%

Est. 2016 113,875 [5] 7.3%

U.S. Decennial Census[12]

As of the census[13] 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. Transportation[edit] Westminster is on several state highways: I-25, US 36, US 287, SH 95, SH 121, and SH 128. The Denver
Denver
Regional Transportation District
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
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
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.[14] Westminster is served by Denver
Denver
International Airport and nearby Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport. Economy[edit] Companies based in Westminster include Western Fuels Association. Top employers[edit] According to Westminster's 2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[15] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees

1 Avaya 900

2 St. Anthony North Hospital 800

3 Ball 533

4 Black Knight Financial Services 500

5 McKesson 500

6 Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association 490

7 Alliance Data 479

8 Trimble Navigation 362

9 Kaiser Permanente 340

10 Reed Group 325

Education[edit] 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.[16] In 2010 Adams County School District 50
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.[17] Open space[edit] 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 history. Westminster City
City
Park, City
City
Park Recreation Center, and many other neighborhood and community parks provide various recreation facilities.[18] Westminster has several golf courses, including Legacy Ridge Golf Course, The Heritage Golf Course at Westmoor and the Hyland Hills golf course. Shopping[edit] The city's major mall was the Westminster Mall, demolished in 2012.[19] Westminster also contains The Orchard Town
Town
Center, an outdoor lifestyle center mall anchored by Macy's, JC Penney
JC Penney
and REI, located at I-25 and 144th Ave. Notable people[edit] Main article: List of people from Westminster, Colorado Notable individuals who were born in and/or have lived in Westminster include figure skater Mariah Bell,[20] Texas
Texas
newspaper publisher Frank Willis Mayborn,[21] and silent film actor Pete Morrison.[22] See also[edit]

Geography portal North America portal United States portal Colorado
Colorado
portal

Outline of Colorado

Index of Colorado-related articles

State of Colorado

Colorado
Colorado
cities and towns

Colorado
Colorado
municipalities

Colorado
Colorado
counties

Adams County, Colorado

Westminster 50 School District

Jefferson County, Colorado

Jefferson County R-1 School District

Colorado
Colorado
metropolitan areas

Front Range Urban Corridor North Central Colorado
Colorado
Urban Area Denver-Aurora-Boulder, CO Combined Statistical Area Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area

Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge

References[edit]

^ a b "Active Colorado
Colorado
Municipalities". State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs. Retrieved 2007-09-01.  ^ " Colorado
Colorado
Municipal Incorporations". State of Colorado, Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado
Colorado
State Archives. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2007-09-02.  ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census
Census
Bureau. Retrieved Jul 25, 2017.  ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.  ^ "ZIP Code Lookup" (JavaScript/HTML). United States Postal Service. Retrieved 2008-01-08.  ^ "Annual Estimates of the Population for All Incorporated Places in Colorado". 2009 Population Estimates. U.S. Census
Census
Bureau, Population Division. Archived from the original (CSV) on October 17, 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-20.  ^ "MONEY Magazine: Best places to live 2006: Top 100 1-25". CNN.  ^ a b "The Early Settlers". Historic Westminster, Colorado. City
City
of Westminster. Retrieved October 24, 2012.  ^ "The Princeton of the West". Historic Westminster, Colorado. City
City
of Westminster. Retrieved October 24, 2012.  ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.  ^ " Census
Census
of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.  ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census
Census
Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  ^ http://36commutingsolutions.org/us-36-projects/u-s-36-bus-rapid-transit-brt/ ^ City
City
of Westminster CAFR ^ City
City
of Westminster > Explore Westminster > Schools ^ Whaley, Monte. "New Westminster High set to open with new teaching approach". Denver
Denver
Post.  ^ Open Space - City
City
of Westminster, Colorado ^ Jackson, Margaret. "Westminster Mall to be razed for a new downtown". Denver
Denver
Post.  ^ "Mariah Bell". Ice Network. Retrieved 2016-04-27.  ^ "Mayborn, Frank Willis". The Handbook of Texas. Texas
Texas
State Historical Association. Retrieved 2016-04-26.  ^ "Morrison, George D". Golden History Museums. Retrieved 2016-04-26. 

External links[edit]

City
City
of Westminster

CDOT map of the City
City
of Westminster

Westminster History (Westminster Historical Society)

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Municipalities and communities of Adams County, Colorado, United States

County seat: Brighton

Cities

Arvada‡ Aurora‡ Brighton‡ Commerce City Federal Heights Northglenn‡ Thornton‡ Westminster‡

Towns

Bennett‡ Lochbuie‡

CDPs

Berkley Derby North Washington Shaw Heights Sherrelwood Strasburg‡ Todd Creek Twin Lakes Watkins‡ Welby

Unincorporated communities

Adams City Dupont Eastlake Henderson Zuni

Footnotes

‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties

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Municipalities and communities of Jefferson County, Colorado, United States

County seat: Golden

Cities

Arvada‡ Edgewater Golden Lakewood Littleton‡ Westminster‡ Wheat Ridge

Towns

Bow Mar‡ Lakeside Morrison Mountain View Superior‡

CDPs

Applewood Aspen Park Coal Creek‡ Columbine‡ Dakota Ridge East Pleasant View Evergreen Fairmount Genesee Idledale Indian Hills Ken Caryl Kittredge West Pleasant View

Unincorporated communities

Buffalo Creek Conifer Foxton Pine Pine Junction Shaffers Crossing

Ghost town

Arapahoe

Footnotes

‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties

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Mayors of cities with populations exceeding 100,000 in Colorado

Michael Hancock (Denver) John Suthers ( Colorado
Colorado
Springs) Steve Hogan (Aurora) Karen Weitkunat (Fort Collins) Adam Paul (Lakewood) Erik Hansen (Thornton) Bob Frie (Arvada) Nancy McNally (Westminster) Barbara Vidmar (Pueblo) City Council President Cathy Noon (Centennial) Matthew Appelbaum (Boulder)

Places adjacent to Westminster, Colorado

Broomfield Broomfield Thornton

Rocky Flats

Westminster

Northglenn, Thornton

Arvada Arva

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