Westminster Real Estate Information

Westminster is an incorporated city in Carroll County, Maryland. Westminster also happens to be the county seat of Carroll County, and it is located right on the edge of the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. The city was founded in 1764, but was not incorporate into Carroll County until 1818. Westminster is an equal distance, approximately 37 miles northwest of Baltimore City and southwest of York, Pennsylvania. The entire city encompasses a total area of 5.7 square miles.

The city of Westminster falls into the humid continental climate zone. This causes Westminster to be colder than the southern parts of Maryland, which falls in the humid subtropical climate zone. This also causes Westminster to receive a larger amount of annual snowfall than most elsewhere in Maryland. The city also sees a lot more tornados than the rest of Maryland, with a 40 percent higher tornado rate than the United States average. In April of 1952, an F3 tornado hit 15 miles from Westminster city center with winds between 158 and 206 miles per hour. The tornado injured four people and caused millions of dollars worth of damage to local properties. Another F3 tornado hit in July of 1996, this time only 5 miles form Westminster city center, killing 3 people and causing 5 million dollars worth of property damages.

There are many attractions and events that bring visitors to the city of Westminster. One landmark in this city is the Hashawha Tower. This tower is actually a windmill and it can be found at the Hashwha Environmental Center. Other annual events in the city include the Carroll County Fair, held each year in Westminster, the county seat. One can also find a historic Westminster tradition, known as Common Ground on the Hill. Westminster also hosts the Maryland Wine Festival, and an annual art show referred to as Art in the Park.

The city of Westminster is also known for having appeared in national news several times. ABC News ran a story on Westminster in 2001, referring to it as the heroin capital of the country due to severe drug problems at Westminster High School. This school, known to some as “Heroin High,” had such problems with the drug that it was reported to have more than 3 drug overdoses a week. In 2000 there was more scandal in Westminster when a detective for the County Drug Task Force, Richard Ruby was charged with planting evidence on suspects. When the detective was suspended, a large amount of his drug cases were dismissed because of compromised security of evidence. This also resulted in an increase in the number of people being held in jail to wait for a trial.