Considered a suburb of Baltimore, Westminster is a cozy little city, home to tons of locally owned restaurants, a thriving arts and culture scene, and bustling shopping plazas. Thanks to McDaniel College finding a home in town, Westminster boasts a unique "college town" vibe, but since enrollment is relatively low (around 1,500 students), you won't have to worry about too much hustle and bustle.
Take some time to explore the charming streets and picturesque neighborhoods of Westminster, and see what makes life here so one-of-a-kind.
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Frederick: 42 min
Ellicott City: 40 min
Baltimore: 42 min
Major Roads: MD-97, MD-140, I-795
Zip Code: 21157, 21158
Median Home Price: $291,700
Spotlights of Westminster
Carroll County Farm Museum
Take a step back in the past at the Carroll County Farm Museum, home to exhibits that reflect what life was like in the area during the 1800s. In addition to the rich history, the museum also hosts a number of community events, including the Maryland Wine Festival, summer camps, and Summerfest.
TownMall of Westminster
The retail hub of Westminster, TownMall offers a wide variety of shops and restaurants to choose from, mostly big-names and chains, including Dick's Sporting Goods, GameStop, Bath & Body Works, and New York & Company. You'll also find a few local shops, however, like the Treat Shop, Rita's Closet, and COB51.
A private liberal arts college that's been around since 1867, McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College) offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as a number of athletic programs. The campus is full of walkways and historic buildings, and it's ideal for scenic strolls!
What You'll Love in Westminster
With expansive green spaces, an active community, and tons of shopping and dining options, life in Westminster is one-of-a-kind.
Looking to enjoy some time in the Great Outdoors? Westminster is full of parks and green spaces, perfect for all sort of outdoor recreation, from hiking and biking to fishing and golfing. The Westminster Community Pond has a short walking trail and scenic views, the Landon C Burns Park offers a playground, a fishing pond, and athletic fields, and the Westminster National Golf Course is an 18-hole course surrounded by farmland and rolling green hills.
Westminster is actually home to a large number of locally owned restaurants, with enough flavor diversity to satiate any palate. If you're craving the best bites in town, we recommend trying the raw bar at RockSalt Grille, the Irish grub at O'Lordan's, or the French-inspired flavors at Maggie's. Need a caffeine boost? Head to Birdie's Coffee. Want a drink? Try out the Artisan Wine Company. Have a bit of a sweet tooth? Rare Opportunity Bakehouse has you covered.
Thriving Job Market
Since Westminster is close to a number of larger cities, many people in the community choose to commute. For those who work in town, the largest employers within Westminster include Carroll County Public Schools, McDaniel College, Carroll County Commissioners, and Carroll Lutheran Village. Within the county, the largest employers include the Carroll Hospital Center, Penguin Random House, and Carroll Community College.
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