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Westminster, South Carolina
Southern Railway Passenger Station
Southern Railway Passenger Station
"Under New Management"
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)
955 ft (291 m)
 • Total 2,399
 • Density 796.6/sq mi (307.6/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 864
FIPS code 45-76165
GNIS feature ID 1227504

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


Westminster was founded on March 17, 1875 when the charter was signed.It was founded as a water stop on the Southern Railway. 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.


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).

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.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 162
1890 532 228.4%
1900 857 61.1%
1910 1,576 83.9%
1920 1,847 17.2%
1930 1,774 −4.0%
1940 2,014 13.5%
1950 2,219 10.2%
1960 2,413 8.7%
1970 2,521 4.5%
1980 3,114 23.5%
1990 3,120 0.2%
2000 2,743 −12.1%
2010 2,418 −11.8%
Est. 2015 2,484 2.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census 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.

Arts and 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. Westminster and the nearby community of Long Creek have several commercial apple orchards.

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.

Westminster welcomes car enthusiasts and is a very popular 'cruising' destination where people come from all over the tri-state area to cruise town and show off their vehicles. Westminster proudly holds the title, "The Southeast's Cruising Destination."

April - October, the town has Music on Main where Main Street is roped off and a stage is set up for musicians to perform live.

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.

Oconee Heritage Center General Store Museum is located on Main St. in Downtown Westminster. This museum displays a vast collection of original artifacts from the historic England’s General Merchandise store of Westminster and features exhibits on the history of the greater Westminster, SC, area.

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