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Carroll County, Maryland

21157, 21158

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Statistics & Facts

The Maryland state capital is Annapolis.
The population of Westminster is approximately 17,715 (2007), 18590 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 6,755 (2000), 7161 (2010).
The amount of land area in Westminster is 14.306 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Westminster is 5.7 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Westminster to Washington DC is 46 miles.
The distance to the Maryland state capital is 50 miles. (as the crow flies)
Westminster is positioned 39.57 degrees north of the equator and 77.00 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Westminster elevation is 764 feet above sea level.
Westminster median income is $ 55,631 (2007).
The Westminster median home price is $ 269,282 (2007).


in north-central Maryland about 24 miles from Ellicott City and about 32 miles from Baltimore. Other nearby communities include District 2, Uniontown, New Windsor, Manchester, Hampstead, Union Bridge, Eldersburg, Taneytown all in Maryland and Littlestown in Pennsylvania.
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History & History Related Items

A historic marker states that Westminster was the first place in the nation to offer Rural Free Delivery postal service.
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The incorporation of Westminster



Carroll Life Gallery
225 North Center Street
Westminster, MD 21157
Phone: 410-848-7272

The Hashawha Tower
The Hashawha Tower is a windmill that was donated to the Hashawha Bear Branch Nature Center here. It is about 35 feet tall and there are pegs on the side to climb up on. There is a very small observation deck at the top, about 9 square feet. The tower is very stable, however, because it is bolted into the concrete below. It stands outside of the Algonquin Building, in the parking lot.

Carroll County Farm Museum
500 South Center Street
Westminster, MD 21157
Phone: 410-386-3880
Toll-free: 800-654-4645
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Westminster City Government

Cityof Westminster
P.O. Box 710
1838 Emerald Hill Lane
Westminster, Maryland 21158-0710
Phone: 410-848-9000

Westminster is the County Seat of Carroll County.

Westminster Historical Events

1865, April
In April 1865, Joseph Shaw, newspaper editor, had his presses wrecked and his business destroyed, and was subsequently beaten and stabbed to death by four men in Westminster, allegedly because of an anti-Lincoln editorial that was published the week before the actual assassination. In a later trial at the Westminster Court House the four men were acquitted; the reason cited was "self-defense."

Westminster Chamber

Carroll County Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 871
Westminster, MD 2115
Phone: 410.848.9050

Westminster Organizations

Carroll County Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 871
Westminster, MD 2115
Phone: 410.848.9050

Westminster Schools

Westminster High School
1225 Washington Rd.
Westminster, MD 21157
Phone: 410-751-3630

Western Maryland College
Westminster, MD 21157
Esther Prangley Rice Gallery
Phone: 410-857-2599 Westminster


The population of Westminster was:
1990 - 13,068
2000 - 16,731
2007 - 17,715

Number of Housing Units:
1990 - 5,469
2000 - 6,755

Median age:
2000 - 32.7 years

Median household income:
2000 - $ 40,477
2007 - $ 55,631

Median house value:
2000 - $ 118,400
2007 - $ 269,282

Westminster is located in the Eastern Time Zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.

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