Westminster, South Carolina

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Westminster is a city in Oconee County, South Carolina, United States. It was started mostly as a station on the Southern Railway. Then 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 population was 2,743 at the 2000 census. The train depot, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, burned due to vandalism in 2005. It has been rebuilt. Westminster is home to several industries; among them are Beacon Blankets (formerly a division of Pillowtex, now a division of Faribault Woolen Mills), US Engine Valve plant and Sandvik Tooling Supply, a global supplier of tungsten carbide cutting tools..

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Geography

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)[3].

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

As of the census[1] 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/sq mi (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.

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