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Westminster, South Carolina

Westminster, South Carolina
Southern Railway Passenger Station
Southern Railway Passenger Station
Motto: "Gateway to the Mountain Lakes Region"[1]
Location in Oconee County and the state of South Carolina.
Location in Oconee County and the state of South Carolina.
Country United States
State South Carolina
County Oconee
 • Total 3.4 sq mi (8.9 km2)
 • Land 3.4 sq mi (8.9 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 955 ft (291 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,399
 • Density 796.6/sq mi (307.6/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 29693
Area code(s) 864
FIPS code 45-76165[2]
GNIS feature ID 1227504[3]

Westminster is a city in Oconee County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 2,399 at the 2010 census.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Economy 4
  • Education 5
  • Arts ad culture 6
    • Annual culture events 6.1
    • Museums and other points of interest 6.2
  • Notable people 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


Westminster was founded on March 17, 1875 when the charter was signed.It was founded 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.

The Retreat Rosenwald School and Southern Railway Passenger Station are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[5][6]


Westminster is located at (34.666292, -83.095352).[7]

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.


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.


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.


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

Annual culture events

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.[10] Westminster and the nearby community of Long Creek have several commercial apple orchards.[11]

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]

There is also a Christmas Parade each year on Main Street. There are a few vendors there, but it is not comparable to the Apple Festival.

Museums and other points of interest

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

Notable people


  1. ^ a b "Westminster South Carolina". Westminster South Carolina. Retrieved January 7, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  4. ^ "South Carolina Department of Parks and Tourism". South Carolina Department of Parks and Tourism. Retrieved October 3, 2012. 
  5. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  6. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 9/12/11 through 9/16/11. National Park Service. 2011-09-23. 
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  8. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Scenes from the 2009 Festival". South Carolina Apple Festival. Retrieved 19 December 2009. 
  11. ^ "Westminster Chamber of Commerce". Westminster Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved October 3, 2012. 
  12. ^ "BARRETT, James Gresham, (1961 - )". Biographical Directory of United States Congress. Retrieved October 3, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Jared Burton". Baseball-Reference.Com. Retrieved October 3, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Andy Lee". Pro-Football-Reference.Com. Retrieved October 3, 2012. 

External links

  • City of Westminster
  • Video tour of Westminster from 1924

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