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Westminster, California

City of Westminster
Asian Garden Mall  (Phuoc Loc Tho Tet), 2008
Asian Garden Mall (Phuoc Loc Tho Tet), 2008
Official seal of City of Westminster
Motto: "The City of Progress Built on Pride." [1]
Location of Westminster within Orange County, California.
Location of Westminster within Orange County, California.
City of Westminster is located in USA
City of Westminster
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  California
County Orange
Incorporated (city) March 27, 1957[2]
 • City council[3] Mayor Tri Ta
Margie L. Rice
Sergio Contreras
Diana Carey
Tyler Diep
 • City manager Eddie Manfro[4]
 • Total 10.049 sq mi (26.027 km2)
 • Land 10.049 sq mi (26.027 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation[6] 39 ft (12 m)
Population (April 1, 2010)[7]
 • Total 89,701
 • Estimate (2013)[7] 91,739
 • Density 8,900/sq mi (3,400/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC−8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC−7)
ZIP codes 92683–92685
Area codes 657/714
FIPS code 06-84550
GNIS feature IDs 1652811, 2412236
Website .gov.westminster-cawww
Westminster Mall Entrance

Westminster is a city in Orange County, California in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. It was founded in 1870 by Rev. Lemuel Webber as a Presbyterian temperance colony. Its name is derived from the Westminster Assembly of 1643, which laid out the basic tenets of the Presbyterian faith. For several years of its early history, its farmers refused to grow grapes because they associated grapes with alcohol.


  • History 1
  • Demographics 2
    • 2010 2.1
    • 2000 2.2
  • Geography 3
  • Government 4
  • Economy 5
    • Top employers 5.1
  • Education 6
  • Notable people and groups 7
  • Landmarks 8
  • Business sector 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11


Westminster was incorporated in 1957, at which time it had 10,755 residents. Originally, the city was named Tri-City because it was the amalgamation of three cities: Westminster, Barber City, and Midway City. Midway City ultimately turned down incorporation, leaving Barber City to be absorbed into the newly incorporated Westminster. The former Barber City was located in the western portion of the current city of Westminster.

Westminster is landlocked and bordered by Seal Beach on the west, by Garden Grove on the north and east, and by Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley on the south.

Westminster surrounds the unincorporated area of Midway City, except for a small portion where Midway City meets Huntington Beach to the south.

A large number of Vietnamese refugees came to the city in the 1970s, settling largely in an area now officially named Little Saigon, and the city is unofficially known as the "capital" of overseas Vietnamese with 36,058 Vietnamese Americans and at 40.2% (2010), the highest municipal concentration of Vietnamese Americans.

Westminster won the All-America City Award in 1996.[8]



The 2010 United States Census[11] reported that Westminster had a population of 89,701. The population density was 8,926.5 people per square mile (3,446.5/km²). The racial makeup of Westminster was 32,037 (35.7%) White (25.6% Non-Hispanic White),[12] 849 (0.9%) African American, 397 (0.4%) Native American, 42,597 (47.5%) Asian, 361 (0.4%) Pacific Islander, 10,229 (11.4%) from other races, and 3,231 (3.6%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 21,176 persons (23.6%). A total of 36,058 residents were of Vietnamese ancestry (40.2% of city residents), the highest concentration of Vietnamese Americans of any community in the United States.

The Census reported that 89,031 people (99.3% of the population) lived in households, 381 (0.4%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 289 (0.3%) were institutionalized.

There were 26,164 households, out of which 10,759 (41.1%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 14,986 (57.3%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 3,681 (14.1%) had a female householder with no husband present, 1,810 (6.9%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 1,114 (4.3%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 151 (0.6%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 4,247 households (16.2%) were made up of individuals and 2,170 (8.3%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.40. There were 20,477 families (78.3% of all households); the average family size was 3.74.

The population was spread out with 20,920 people (23.3%) under the age of 18, 8,568 people (9.6%) aged 18 to 24, 24,065 people (26.8%) aged 25 to 44, 23,356 people (26.0%) aged 45 to 64, and 12,792 people (14.3%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.7 years. For every 100 females there were 97.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.4 males.

There were 27,650 housing units at an average density of 2,751.5 per square mile (1,062.4/km²), of which 15,135 (57.8%) were owner-occupied, and 11,029 (42.2%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.5%; the rental vacancy rate was 7.3%. 51,408 people (57.3% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 37,623 people (41.9%) lived in rental housing units.

During 2009–2013, Westminster had a median household income of $52,633, with 16.7% of the population living below the federal poverty line.[12]


As of the census[13] of 2000, there were 88,207 people, 26,406 households, and 20,411 families residing in the city. The population density was 8,724.2 inhabitants per square mile (3,368.6/km²). There were 26,940 housing units at an average density of 2,664.5 per square mile (1,028.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 45.79% White, 0.99% African American, 0.61% Native American, 38.13% Asian, 0.46% Pacific Islander, 10.19% from other races, and 3.84% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 21.70% of the population.

There were 26,406 households out of which 37.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.4% were married couples living together, 12.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.7% were non-families. 16.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.32 and the average family size was 3.71.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.9% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 32.6% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 99.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $49,450, and the median income for a family was $54,399. Males had a median income of $37,157 versus $28,392 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,218. About 10.7% of families and 13.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.0% of those under age 18 and 7.9% of those age 65 or over.


Westminster is located at (33.752418, -117.993938).[14] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.0 square miles (26 km2), all land. The San Diego Freeway and a short segment of the Garden Grove Freeway pass through Westminster.


In the California State Legislature, Westminster is in the 34th Senate District, represented by Republican Janet Nguyen, and in the 72nd Assembly District, represented by Republican Travis Allen.[15]

In the United States House of Representatives, Westminster is split between California's 47th congressional district, represented by Democrat Alan Lowenthal, and California's 48th congressional district, represented by Republican Dana Rohrabacher.[16]


Top employers

According to the City's 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[17] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of employees
1 Westminster School District 1,150
2 Southern California Edison 603
3 Ito Farms 600
4 Kindred Hospital Westminster 450
5 City of Westminster 397
6 BE Aerospace 350
7 Wal-Mart 350
8 Sears 300
9 Westminster High School 250
10 LBS Financial Credit Union 225


Four different school districts have boundaries that overlap parts or more of the City of Westminster:

Notable people and groups


  • A memorial and final resting place for the victims of the Pan Am plane involved in the Tenerife Disaster March 27, 1977, is located in Westminster.
  • The Vietnam War Memorial is located Sid Goldstein Freedom Park, next to the Westminster Civic Center. The project was initiated by Westminster City Councilman Frank G. Fry in 1997 and completed in 2003.,[22]
  • Final resting place for frontman Bradley Nowell of the band Sublime. Nowell died of a heroin overdose in his San Francisco hotel room on May 25, 1996.

Business sector

The city's major shopping mall is Westminster Mall, which consists of more than 180 stores. The mall is located south of the 405 freeway, between Goldenwest Street and Edwards Street. And in Westminster's Little Saigon community, the Asian Garden Mall (Phước Lộc Thọ), a large Asian mall, exists.

Since joining the Sequential Brands company, the DVS Shoes footwear brand relocated from Torrance, California to Westminster. The company's headquarters is located on Fenwick Lane.[23]


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  2. ^ "California Cities by Incorporation Date" (Word). California Association of  
  3. ^ "Mayor and City Council". City of Westminster. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  4. ^ "City Manager". City of Westminster. Retrieved January 9, 2015. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census U.S. Gazetteer Files – Places – California".  
  6. ^ "Westminster".  
  7. ^ a b "Westminster (city) QuickFacts".  
  8. ^ "AAC Winners by State and City".  
  9. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  11. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Westminster city". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b 
  13. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  14. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  15. ^ "Statewide Database". UC Regents. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Communities of Interest - City". California Citizens Redistricting Commission. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  17. ^ City of Westminster CAFR
  18. ^ "Jeromy Burnitz Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Mike Burns Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Mark Eaton". Basketball-Reference.Com. Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Ryan Klesko Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  22. ^
  23. ^ "Contact Us". DVS Shoes. DVS Shoes. December 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 

External links

  • Official website
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