Westminster, South Carolina

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Westminster, South Carolina
City
Southern Railway Passenger Station
Southern Railway Passenger Station
Motto: "Home Of The South Carolina Apple Festival"[1]
Location of Westminster, South Carolina
Location of Westminster, South Carolina
Coordinates: 34°39′59″N 83°5′43″W / 34.66639°N 83.09528°W / 34.66639; -83.09528Coordinates: 34°39′59″N 83°5′43″W / 34.66639°N 83.09528°W / 34.66639; -83.09528
CountryUnited States
StateSouth Carolina
CountyOconee
Area
 • Total3.4 sq mi (8.9 km2)
 • Land3.4 sq mi (8.9 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation955 ft (291 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total2,743
 • Density796.6/sq mi (307.6/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code29693
Area code(s)864
FIPS code45-76165[2]
GNIS feature ID1227504[3]
Websitewww.westminstersc.com
 
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Westminster, South Carolina
City
Southern Railway Passenger Station
Southern Railway Passenger Station
Motto: "Home Of The South Carolina Apple Festival"[1]
Location of Westminster, South Carolina
Location of Westminster, South Carolina
Coordinates: 34°39′59″N 83°5′43″W / 34.66639°N 83.09528°W / 34.66639; -83.09528Coordinates: 34°39′59″N 83°5′43″W / 34.66639°N 83.09528°W / 34.66639; -83.09528
CountryUnited States
StateSouth Carolina
CountyOconee
Area
 • Total3.4 sq mi (8.9 km2)
 • Land3.4 sq mi (8.9 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation955 ft (291 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total2,743
 • Density796.6/sq mi (307.6/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code29693
Area code(s)864
FIPS code45-76165[2]
GNIS feature ID1227504[3]
Websitewww.westminstersc.com

Westminster is a city in Oconee County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 2,743 at the 2000 census.

History[edit]

Westminster was founded in the 1890's as a water stop on the Southern Railway.[4] As stores, shops and factories started to set up around the train stop, it bloomed into a decent-sized town. Its peak of expansion came in the 1920s.

Geography[edit]

Westminster is located at 34°39′59″N 83°5′43″W / 34.66639°N 83.09528°W / 34.66639; -83.09528 (34.666292, -83.095352)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.4 square miles (8.9 km²), all of it land.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,743 people, 1,191 households, and 761 families residing in the city. The population density was 796.6 people per square mile (307.9/km²). There were 1,333 housing units at an average density of 387.1 per square mile (149.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 85.60% White, 11.81% African American, 0.04% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 1.20% from other races, and 1.17% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.48% of the population.

There were 1,191 households out of which 26.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.7% were married couples living together, 14.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.1% were non-families. 32.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.5% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 89.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,802, and the median income for a family was $36,678. Males had a median income of $30,104 versus $21,690 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,121. About 6.8% of families and 9.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.2% of those under age 18 and 9.8% of those age 65 or over.

Economy[edit]

Westminster is home to several industries; among them are: US Engine Valve plant, Ulbrich(flat wire manufacturing plant), and Sandvik Tooling Supply, a global supplier of tungsten carbide cutting tools.

Education[edit]

West-Oak High School is the public high school that most students from Westminster attend. The school draws students from across one half of Oconee County.

Arts ad culture[edit]

Annual culture events[edit]

Westminster is the home of the South Carolina Apple Festival. The annual celebration is held during the first two weeks of September, and features a parade, street vendors and booths, a rodeo, and other family activities.[6] Westminster and the nearby community of Long Creek have several commercial apple orchards. Westminster is also one of the last small towns in the South with a still-functioning textile mill.[7]

Mayberry Days is held each year in April, and recreates the town of Mayberry from the 1960s television program "The Andy Griffith Show." Artists dress up like characters from the television program and there are replicas of Mayberry's Ford police cruiser.[1]

Museums and other points of interest[edit]

The train depot, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, burned due to vandalism in 2005. It has been rebuilt.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Westminster South Carolina". Westminster South Carolina. Retrieved October 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "South Carolina Department of Parks and Tourism". South Carolina Department of Parks and Tourism. Retrieved October 3, 2012. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "Scenes from the 2009 Festival". South Carolina Apple Festival. www.westminstersc.com. Retrieved 19 December 2009. 
  7. ^ "Westminster Chamber of Commerce". Westminster Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved October 3, 2012. 
  8. ^ "BARRETT, James Gresham, (1961 - )". Biographical Directory of United States Congress. Retrieved October 3, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Jared Burton". Baseball-Reference.Com. Retrieved October 3, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Andy Lee". Pro-Football-Reference.Com. Retrieved October 3, 2012. 

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