Located in the geographic center of Carroll County, the City of Westminster serves as the County Seat. Westminster is conveniently located to Maryland's largest cities and several capitals. It is approximately 35 miles northwest of Baltimore; 32 miles east of Frederick; 56 miles north of Washington, DC; 57 miles northwest of Annapolis, the State capital; and 60 miles south of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's state capital.
Although the original lots of Westminster were laid out by William Winchester in 1764, it was not until shortly after the creation of Carroll County that the City of Westminster was incorporated in 1838. From its original corporate area of approximately .745 square miles, the City of Westminster grew to its current size of 6.3829 square miles through a series of 47 approved annexations. All but two of those annexations occurred since January 1, 1970. As the city grew in size, its population also has continuously grown over the past four decades from 7,207 in 1970 to 18,590 in 2010.
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