Westminster is a city in northern Maryland, United States. A suburb of Baltimore, it is the seat of Carroll County. The city's population was 18,590 at the 2010 census. Westminster is an outlying community within the Baltimore-Towson, MD MSA, which is part of a greater Washington-Baltimore-Northern Virginia, DC-MD-VA-WV CSA.
"Where history meets tomorrow"
Location in Maryland
|• Mayor||Joe Dominick|
|• Total||6.66 sq mi (17.26 km2)|
|• Land||6.65 sq mi (17.23 km2)|
|• Water||0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)|
|Elevation||764 ft (233 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||2,794.68/sq mi (1,079.00/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
|Area code(s)||410, 443, 667|
|GNIS feature ID||0595080|
William Winchester (1706-1790) purchased approximately 167 acres of land called White's Level in 1754 which became known as the city of Winchester. The Maryland General Assembly later changed the name of the town to Westminster to avoid confusion with Winchester, the seat of nearby Frederick County, Virginia.
On June 28, 1863, the cavalry skirmish known as Corbit's Charge was fought in the streets of Westminster, when two companies of Delaware cavalry attacked a much larger Confederate force under General J.E.B. Stuart, during the Gettysburg Campaign.
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".
Since 1868, Westminster has held an annual Memorial Day parade, which is the longest continuously running Memorial Day parade in the country. 
A historic marker states that Westminster was the first place in the nation to offer Rural Free Delivery postal service.
On March 10, 2006, members of the Westboro Baptist Church picketed the funeral of Matthew A. Snyder who had been killed in the Iraq War. Church members stood on city property adjoining St. John Catholic Church where the funeral took place. Snyder's father sued the church for violating his privacy. The United States Supreme Court in March 2011 ruled in Snyder v. Phelps that church members had a free speech right to picket.
On Friday, June 26, 2015 the City of Westminster lit the Westminster Fiber Network, the first community wide gigabit fiber to the premise network in the mid-Atlantic region. The City partnered with Ting Inc., a subsidiary of Tucows, to light the network and provide gigabit services.
Westminster is located at (39.576551, −77.000120).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.64 square miles (17.20 km2), of which, 6.63 square miles (17.17 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.
Westminster lies in the humid subtropical climate zone, with hot and humid summers and cool winters with highly variable seasonal snowfall. Due to its elevation, distance from the Chesapeake Bay and urban heat island, temperatures in Westminster are often considerably lower than in Baltimore, especially at night.
Westminster's historical tornado activity is slightly above the Maryland state average and 38% greater than the overall U.S. average. On April 16, 2011, a tornado was confirmed to have touched down around 8:00 pm EST. On July 19, 1996, an F3 (which has wind speeds of 158–206 mph) tornado struck 5.5 miles away from the Westminster city center, injuring three people and causing $5 million in damages. On April 15, 1952, an F3 tornado hit 15.5 miles away from the city center, injuring four people and causing between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, there were 18,590 people, 7,161 households, and 4,117 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,803.9 inhabitants per square mile (1,082.6/km2). There were 7,684 housing units at an average density of 1,159.0 per square mile (447.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 86.0% White, 7.0% African American, 0.3% Native American, 2.2% Asian, 1.9% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.0% of the population. 40% of Latinos in Westminster were of Mexican descent, 16% were of Puerto Rican descent, and 3% were of Cuban descent. 60% of Westminster's Latino population identified as White, 4% identified as Afro-Latino, 6% identified as being of more than one race, and 29% identified as some other race. Non-Hispanics in Westminster were predominantly White; 88% of non-Hispanics were White and 7% were African-American.
There were 7,161 households of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.5% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 42.5% were non-families. 35.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 3.12.
The median age in the city was 33.3 years. 22.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 15% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.6% were from 25 to 44; 21.9% were from 45 to 64; and 13.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.5% male and 52.5% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 16,731 people, 6,420 households, and 3,762 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,929.4 people per square mile (1,131.3/km²). There were 6,755 housing units at an average density of 1,182.7 per square mile (456.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.28% White, 5.49% African American, 0.23% Native American, 1.20% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.65% from other races, and 1.11% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.78% of the population. 28% of Westminster's residents were German, 15% Irish, 14% English, 6% Italian, 5% Polish, 2% French, and 2% Scottish. People of Dutch, Scotch-Irish, Greek, Welsh, Norwegian, Russian, Hungarian, Puerto Rican and Swedish descent each comprised 1% of the population.
There were 6,420 households out of which 32.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.5% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.4% were non-families. 34.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 3.05.
In the city, the population was spread out with 24.1% under the age of 18, 14.5% from 18 to 24, 31.4% from 25 to 44, 16.8% from 45 to 64, and 13.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $40,477, and the median income for a family was $50,879. Males had a median income of $37,186 versus $28,419 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,320. About 7.9% of families and 9.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.5% of those under age 18 and 9.5% of those age 65 or over.
According to the City of Westminster, the top employers in the city are:
|#||Employer||# of Employees|
|1||Carroll County Public Schools||3,757|
|4||Carroll Lutheran Village||437|
|5||General Dynamics Robotics Systems||350|
|7||S.H. Tevis & Son||238|
|10||Landmark Community Newspapers||164|
The five largest employers just outside Westminster in Carroll County are:
|#||Employer||# of Employees|
|1||Carroll Hospital Center||1,696|
|3||Carroll Community College||509|
|4||English American Tailoring||385|
The Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) system enrolls over 28,000 students, which makes it the ninth largest school system in the state of Maryland. In Carroll County there are seven comprehensive high schools as well as two career and technology centers and an alternative school, The Gateway School. Students in grades 9 through 12 attend one of seven Carroll County high schools. Carroll County has 23 elementary schools and 9 middle schools. In the city of Westminster, there are two high schools, two middle schools and three elementary schools.
Westminster is home to McDaniel College, a small liberal-arts college; to the Civil Air Patrol's National Honor Guard Academy; and to Dream Flight School, an institution providing flight lessons at the local airport.
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Bear Branch Nature Center is a nature center in Carroll County, Maryland near Westminster. It features interpretive exhibits about local plants and animals, an outdoor water feature and play area, a Discovery Room for children, an observation beehive, live animals including an eagle, hawks, owls, snakes, salamanders, turtles, frogs, and toads, a planetarium and observatory. The center is a facility of Carroll County Recreation & Parks.
The nature center is adjacent to Hashawha Environmental Center, a residential facility that is also operated by Carroll County Recreation & Parks. Hashawha Environmental Center is home to Carroll County Public Schools' Outdoor School, a residential environmental education program open to every sixth grade student in the county.
The two facilities are located on approximately 320 acres, with more than five miles of multi-use trails, a restored 19th century cabin, a lake, a pond, and access to both Bear Branch and Big Pipe Creek.Carroll Community College
Carroll County Community College is a two-year community college serving the residents of Carroll County, Maryland, United States.Carroll County Almshouse and Farm
Carroll County Almshouse and Farm, also known as the Carroll County Farm Museum, is a historic farm complex located at Westminster, Carroll County, Maryland. It consists of a complex of 15 buildings including the main house and dependencies. The 30-room brick main house was originally designed and constructed for use as the county almshouse. It is a long, three-story, rectangular structure, nine bays wide at the first- and second-floor levels of both front and rear façades. It features a simple frame cupola sheltering a farm bell. A separate two-story brick building with 14 rooms houses the original summer kitchen, wash room, and baking room, and may have once housed farm and domestic help. Also on the property is a brick, one-story dairy with a pyramidal roof dominated by a pointed finial of exaggerated height with Victorian Gothic "icing" decorating the eaves; a large frame and dressed stone bank barn; and a blacksmith's shop, spring house, smokehouse, ice house, and numerous other sheds and dependencies all used as a part of the working farm museum activities. The original Carroll County Almshouse was founded in 1852 and the Farm Museum was established in 1965.It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.Carroll County Public Schools (Maryland)
Carroll County Public Schools is a school district based in Westminster, Maryland. CCPS is the ninth largest in the state of Maryland. More than 26,500 students are enrolled in the county's public schools. The school system includes all of Carroll County, Maryland.
In testing, the schools typically score well above the state and national averages.
The schools are administered by superintendent Stephen H. Guthrie. Guthrie began his first four-year term as Superintendent on July 1, 2010 and was appointed to a second term in the summer of 2014. On October 31, 2014, Superintendent Guthrie was named the 2015 Maryland Superintendent of the Year. He also served as the President of the statewide superintendent association for 2015.
The Board of Education consists of five elected Board of Education members and one non-voting student member.
As of 2018, the members are President Bob Lord, Vice President Donna Sivigny, Devon Rothschild, Virginia Harrison, and Marsha Herbert.
The current student representative is Matthew Johnson.Carroll County Regional Airport
Carroll County Regional Airport (ICAO: KDMW, FAA LID: DMW), also known as Jack B. Poage Field, is a public airport located three miles (5 km) north of the central business district of Westminster, in Carroll County, Maryland, United States. The airport is owned by Carroll County Board of Commissioners. It is designated as a reliever airport for the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI).Although most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, Carroll County Regional Airport is assigned DMW by the FAA but has no designation from the IATA.Carroll County Times
The Carroll County Times was founded on October 6, 1911, as The Times. Owner and publisher George Mather, whose father owned the once-prominent Mather's Department Store in Westminster, Maryland, sold The Times in 1947. The Times expanded and became the Carroll County Times in 1956.
The Carroll County Times changed hands several times over the next twenty years. It was a twice weekly paper when purchased by Landmark Community Newspapers, a subsidiary of Landmark Communications, in 1974. The paper began publishing five days a week in 1980. Not long after, in 1987, the Times began publishing seven days a week and added home delivery.
In addition to the Carroll County Times, Landmark Community Newspapers of Maryland produces a number of niche publications including The Community Times, The Advocate of Westminster and Finksburg, The Advocate of Eldersburg and Sykesville, Carroll Families, Carroll Seniors, Purchasing Power, and Homes Magazines serving Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and South Central Pennsylvania.
On January 3, 2008, it was reported that the family owned Landmark Communications, parent company of the Times, may be for sale. The Carroll County Times was acquired by The Baltimore Sun Media Group, and its parent company Tribune Publishing, in 2014.Carroll Hospital
Carroll Hospital is a nonprofit hospital located in Westminster, Maryland, United States.Cooksville, Maryland
Cooksville is an unincorporated community in Howard County, Maryland, United States. In 2016, the population was 631. The town was founded by Thomas Cook in 1802. The crossroads town was anchored by the Joshua Roberts Tavern, where General Lafayette visited in 1824. The inn was destroyed by fire, rebuilt, and demolished a second time. Thomas Cook exchanged his stake in Cooksville with Thomas Beale Dorsey for the 231 acre Round About Hills slave plantation. A Post Office opened on the 4th of July 1851, the same year Howard County was formed from Anne Arundel County. Roberts Inn was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.On June 29, 1863, J. E. B. Stuart marched 5000 confederate soldiers through Cooksville en route to Westminster, Maryland.Justin Ready
Justin D. Ready (Pronounced REE-dee) (born April 15, 1982) is member of the Maryland State Senate and a former member of the Maryland House of Delegates.Mary McNamara
Mary McNamara (born 1963) is an American journalist and television critic for the Los Angeles Times. She won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.McDaniel College
McDaniel College is a private liberal arts college in Westminster, Maryland. Established in 1867, it was known as Western Maryland College until 2002 when it was renamed McDaniel College in honor of an alumnus who gave a lifetime of service to the college. The college also has a satellite campus, McDaniel College Budapest, in Budapest, Hungary. McDaniel College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The college owns and manages a shopping center and residential properties through its for-profit arm.Sadie Kneller Miller
Sadie Kneller Miller (October 7, 1867 – November 21, 1920) was a Baltimore journalist, known for being one of the earliest female baseball reporters, as well as the only female correspondent covering some international events.Miller was born in Westminster, Maryland. She graduated from Western Maryland College in 1885 and worked as a journalist for the Westminster Democratic Advocate. She then moved to Baltimore with her parents and started working for the Baltimore Telegram. At the Telegram she began covering the Baltimore Orioles in 1894 by disguising herself as a man; only after her female identity was found out was she known as the “only woman baseball reporter in the country”. She moved on to photography, submitting photos of Spanish–American War activities from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis to Leslie’s Illustrated Weekly, securing her a position there. At Leslie’s, Miller covered stories such as the Baltimore Fire of 1904, the presidential inauguration of Howard Taft, and Democratic party conventions. She also photographed portraits of Susan B. Anthony and Teddy Roosevelt.Miller was a professional journalist, but most people did not know she was a woman. She wrote with the byline "SKM", which hid her female identity. She may have been the first woman to cover major league baseball and is one of the few to combine photography with journalism. While on national tour with the Orioles in 1897, her gender was "discovered".She became the world's first female war correspondent while covering the fighting in Morocco between Spanish forces and the Moors in 1909.While working on an assignment in Germany, she was arrested as a spy. She also wrote on the Yukon Gold Rush and did interviews from several countries including Cuba, Czarist Russia, and Turkey. Her most reprinted interview was with Pancho Villa, a Mexican Revolutionary general in 1916 at his guerrilla base.A stroke in 1918 forced Miller to retire from Leslie's Illustrated Weekly, ending her career as a journalist. She died two years later. Her name was added to the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame in 1988.Sargent Shriver
Robert Sargent Shriver Jr. (; November 9, 1915 – January 18, 2011) was an American diplomat, politician and activist. As the husband of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, he was part of the Kennedy family. Shriver was the driving force behind the creation of the Peace Corps, and founded the Job Corps, Head Start, and other programs as the "architect" of the 1960s "War on Poverty." He was the Democratic Party's nominee for vice president in the 1972 presidential election.
Born in Westminster, Maryland, Shriver pursued a legal career after graduating from Yale Law School. An opponent of U.S. entry into World War II, he helped establish the America First Committee but volunteered for the United States Navy before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. During the war, he served in the South Pacific, participating in the naval Battle of Guadalcanal. After being discharged from the navy, he worked as an assistant editor for Newsweek and met Eunice Kennedy, marrying her in 1953.
He worked on the 1960 presidential campaign of his brother-in-law, John F. Kennedy, and helped establish the Peace Corps after Kennedy's victory. After Kennedy's assassination, Shriver served in the administration of Lyndon B. Johnson and helped establish several anti-poverty programs as director of the Office of Economic Opportunity from October 16, 1964 to March 22, 1968. He also served as the United States Ambassador to France from 1968 to 1970. In 1972, Democratic vice presidential nominee Thomas Eagleton resigned from the ticket, and Shriver was chosen as his replacement. The Democratic ticket of George McGovern and Shriver lost in a landslide election defeat to Republican President Richard Nixon and Vice President Spiro Agnew. Shriver briefly sought the 1976 Democratic presidential nomination but dropped out of the race after the first set of primaries.
After leaving office, he resumed the practice of law, becoming a partner with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. He also served as president of the Special Olympics and was briefly a part-owner of the Baltimore Orioles. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2003 and died in Bethesda, Maryland in 2011.TownMall of Westminster
TownMall of Westminster, formerly known as Cranberry Mall, is a shopping mall located in Westminster, Maryland, United States on Maryland Route 140. Managed by Westminster Mall LLC, the mall features more than 80 stores, including a food court and Movie Theater. Belk, Boscov's, Dick's Sporting Goods, and RC Theaters are the mall's anchors.Union Mills Homestead Historic District
Union Mills Homestead Historic District is a national historic district at Westminster, Carroll County, Maryland, United States. It comprises a dwelling house, a grist mill, and a Bollman-design bridge. The Shriver Homestead was built in 1797 by Andrew and David Shriver and has been continually occupied by the family. The mill, also built 1797, is a large brick structure, built of locally manufactured brick laid in both Flemish bond and common bond. On June 30, 1863, General J.E.B. Stuart of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia camped at Union Mills and was hosted by part of the Shriver family. On the following day, General James Barnes of the 5th Corps of the Army of the Potomac arrived on the site and welcomed and entertained by other members of the family.Union Mills was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.The Union Mills Homestead was home to the Shriver family for 6 generations. It is currently a historic landmark located near Westminster, Maryland, about 17 miles south of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The Homestead is now a museum of American culture, operated by the Union Mills Homestead Foundation, a non-profit foundation with all proceeds dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the Union Mills Homestead Complex.Urban Bowman
Urban M. Bowman Jr. (November 16, 1937 – February 25, 2018) was an American-Canadian gridiron football player and coach who served as the interim head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Hamilton Tiger-Cats.WTTR
WTTR (FM 102.3 and AM 1470) is a Full Service & classic hits formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Westminster, Maryland, serving Westminster and Carroll County, Maryland. WTTR is owned and operated by Hilltop Communications, LLC.
WTTR plays 'The Greatest Hits of All Time'. WTTR features oldies and selected currents from the 1960s to the 1980s. Station personalities include Jack Edwards, Bruce Main, and Annie B. The award-winning news operation is provided by PBS.
WTTR's commitment to local sports includes coverage of Carroll County high school basketball and football, featuring popular play-by-play voice Charlie Beckhardt and the award-winning 'Athlete of the Week' program, hosted by WTTR's Kevin Ashcraft. The station is also a broadcast affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles and Ravens.
WTTR was placed on the air in 1953 by local businessman Russ Morgan, the first song broadcast was the Star Spangled Banner on the 4th of July. In the 1960s. Carroll County Broadcasting Company retained ownership of WTTR AM and FM until the station was sold to Shamrock Broadcasting in the early 1980s.
Dwight Dingle managed WTTR from 1974 until his death in November, 2009.
Shortly after taking ownership, Shamrock moved the FM to Baltimore and after trying a number of formats from Country to Heavy Metal, eventually settled on its present Classic Rock format under the call letters WZBA.
Shamrock sold WTTR to Sajak Broadcasting Corporation in 2005.
In late September, 2013, Sajak Broadcasting announced an agreement to sell WTTR to the newly formed Hilltop Communications, LLC. Hilltop assumed ownership on 12/19/192013.
On January 1, 2014 WTTR shifted their format from oldies to classic hits of the 60's/ 70's/ 80's.
On July 18, 2016 WTTR went live with their 102.3 FM frequency
Currently WTTR can be found online both at WTTR.com and on Facebook where there is regularly updated information on both radio and local events. WTTR is a radio of the community which hosts a monthly "Non-Profit Spotlight" program to bring attention to non- profit organizations and their needs. WTTR also reads live PSA's on major local events.Westminster Senior High School
Westminster Senior High School is a high school located in Westminster, Maryland, United States.
The school, which is a part of the Carroll County Public School System (CCPS), has an enrollment of approximately 1,680 students in 2013. The student body makeup is 50% male and 50% female, and the total minority enrollment is about 9%. There are about 100 full-time teachers on staff. The mascot is the Owl and its colors are blue and white.
WHS is the largest and the oldest high school in the Carroll County Public School System and is one of the largest high schools in the state of Maryland. It also houses the County BEST Program.Winters Mill High School
Winters Mill High School is a high school in Westminster, Maryland, United States that was established in 2002.
|Climate data for Westminster, Maryland (1981−2010 normals)|
|Average high °F (°C)||41.3
|Average low °F (°C)||21.9
|Average precipitation inches (mm)||2.88
|Average snowfall inches (cm)||12.1
|Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in)||8.4||8.1||9.9||10.6||11.9||9.8||8.8||8.4||7.8||7.2||8.9||8.9||108.7|
|Average snowy days (≥ 0.1 in)||3.0||1.9||1.2||.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.3||1.1||7.6|
Municipalities and communities of Carroll County, Maryland, United States
County seat: Westminster
‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county
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