|— Town —|
|• Type||Open town meeting|
|• Total||37.3 sq mi (96.7 km2)|
|• Land||35.5 sq mi (92.0 km2)|
|• Water||1.8 sq mi (4.7 km2)|
|Elevation||1,080 ft (329 m)|
|• Density||200/sq mi (75/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (UTC-4)|
|Area code(s)||351 / 978|
|GNIS feature ID||0618393|
History[edit | edit source]
Westminster was first settled in 1737, and was officially incorporated in 1759.
Westminster has four entries in the National Register of Historic Places:
- Ahijah Wood House — 174 Worcester Rd. (added October 17, 1987)
- Nathan Wood House — 164 Worcester Rd. (added October 16, 1987)
- Ezra Wood-Levi Warner Place — 165 Depot Rd. (added August 7, 1983)
- Westminster Village-Academy Hill Historic District — Bacon, Adams, Main, Dawley, Academy Hill, Leominster, and Pleasant Sts. (added July 23, 1983)
The District includes the following buildings:
- Miles, Daniel Curtis Place — 116 Main St. — c1855. (added October 29, 2006)
- Forbush Memorial Library — 118 Main St.— Built 1901; Dedicated 1902. (added October 29, 2006)
Westminster was the site of Westminster Academy, incorporated in 1833.
Geography[edit | edit source]
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 37.3 square miles (97 km2), of which 35.5 square miles (92 km2) is land and 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2), or 4.90%, is water.
Demographics[edit | edit source]
As of the census of 2000, there were 6,907 people, 2,529 households, and 1,954 families residing in the town. The population density was 194.5 people per square mile (75.1/km²). There were 2,694 housing units at an average density of 75.9 per square mile (29.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.50% White, 0.46% African American, 0.14% Native American, 1.14% Asian, 0.14% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.11% of the population. 17.6% were of French, 15.0% Irish, 13.2% French Canadian, 9.0% English, 9.0% Italian, 8.5% Finnish and 5.6% American ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 2,529 households out of which 36.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.8% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.7% were non-families. 17.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.09.
In the town the population was spread out with 26.8% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 27.3% from 45 to 64, and 10.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 99.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.4 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $57,755, and the median income for a family was $61,835. Males had a median income of $45,369 versus $31,818 for females. The per capita income for the town was $24,913. About 3.0% of families and 3.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.5% of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over.
Transportation[edit | edit source]
Public transportation for northern Worcester county is largely supplied by the Montachusett Regional Transit Authority (MART), but no fixed-route stops serve Westminster.
The MBTA operates a commuter train to Boston's North Station. The closest commuter rail stop serving Westminster is the Fitchburg stop on the Fitchburg Line. As of February 2010, federal funds have been allocated for a Wachusett commuter rail station planned for Westminster.
Government[edit | edit source]
|County government: Worcester County|
|Clerk of Courts:||Nolan Durkee|
|County Treasurer:||Position Eliminated|
|District Attorney:||Chad L'Ecuyer (D)|
|Registrar of Deeds:||Kathleen R. Daigneault (D)|
|Registrar of Probate:||Stephen Abraham (D)|
|County Sheriff:||Lew Evangelidis (R)|
|State Representative(s):||Kimberly Ferguson (R)|
|State Senator(s):||Jennifer Flanagan (D)|
|Governor's Councilor(s):||Shelby Snyder (R)|
|U.S. Representative(s):||Niki Tsongas (D-3rd District),|
|U.S. Senators:||Ted Kennedy (D), John Kerry (D)|
Library[edit | edit source]
Business[edit | edit source]
From 1828 to 1970, Westminster was home to the Westminster Cracker Company. Westminster is currently home to:
- the U.S. Corporate Sales & Marketing division of SimplexGrinnell 
- the Distribution Center of Aubuchon Hardware 
- the Wachusett Brewing Company /
- the Fitchburg Welding Co., Inc. and Twin City Machining Inc. 
People[edit | edit source]
Notable residents of Westminster include:
- George Lane, former U.S. ambassador to North Yemen.
- Gregory Ciottone, Harvard Professor, Founder, specialty of Disaster Medicine
- Marcus A. Coolidge, former U.S. Senator
- Abijah Bigelow, former U.S. Representative
- William H. Upham, fought at the battle of Bull Run
- Nelson A. Miles, former Commanding General of the United States Army
- Cory Poissant, King of Westminster
References[edit | edit source]
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- ^ "1870 Census of the Population". Department of the Interior, Census Office. 1872. Pages 217 through 220. Table IX. Population of Minor Civil Divisions, &c. Massachusetts. http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/1870e-05.pdf. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
- ^ "1860 Census". Department of the Interior, Census Office. 1864. Pages 220 through 226. State of Massachusetts Table No. 3. Populations of Cities, Towns, &c.. http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/1860a-08.pdf. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
- ^ "1850 Census". Department of the Interior, Census Office. 1854. Pages 338 through 393. Populations of Cities, Towns, &c.. http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/1850c-11.pdf. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
- ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- ^ Fed Stimulus Boosts New Bedford, Revere, Fitchburg Line
- ^ C.B. Tillinghast. The free public libraries of Massachusetts. 1st Report of the Free Public Library Commission of Massachusetts. Boston: Wright & Potter, 1891.
- ^ Forbush Memorial Library. Retrieved 2010-11-10
- ^ July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008; cf. The FY2008 Municipal Pie: What’s Your Share? Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Board of Library Commissioners. Boston: 2009. Available: Municipal Pie Reports. Retrieved 2010-08-04
- ^ Alexandra Perloe. Retired diplomat reflects on post-Sept. 11 world. Sentinel & Enterprise (Fitchburg, Mass.), Sep 12, 2006
- ^ Hunter Amabile. Worldly thinking in Westminster. Sentinel & Enterprise (Fitchburg, Mass.), Feb 23, 2011
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