U.S.G.S. Topographical Plates: Gardner, Fitchburg, Wachusett Mt., Ashby
Regional Planning Agency: Montachusett
Metropolitan Statistical Area: Fitchburg-Leominster
Form of Government: Board of Selectmen, Town Administrator, Open Town Meeting
Total Area: 37.51 sq. miles
Land Area: 35.51 sq. miles
Population: 7,765 (Nov 2012)
The Town of Westminster can be characterized as a rural community located in the rolling hills of north/central Massachusetts. Westminster is fifty-three miles northwest of Boston and twenty-four miles north of Worcester. Town boundaries encompass about 37.3 square miles. Westminster is bounded by the cities of Fitchburg and Leominster to the east and Gardner to the west. To the south lie the towns of Hubbardston and Princeton. To the north lies the rural community of Ashburnham, with whom Westminster shares a regional school system, K-12. The center of Westminster, which has the character of a small New England village, is located along a ridge. Just over the town line to the south in Princeton, is Wachusett Mountain, the largest Monadnock, or stand-alone, mountain east of the Berkshires. Its northern slope covers considerable acreage within the Town of Westminster, and the base lodge for Wachusett Mountain Ski Area is located within the bounds of town.
As with much of the northeastern United States, this region has been identified by many as the ideal location to live, work and play. Westminster has the distinction of being able to suit all these needs and still retain the flavor of a small New England village. Many of the older homes and farms of Westminster are New England vernacular architecture that is rich in historic appeal. The attractive character that gives Westminster its charm also brings pressure for changes in land use of its pastoral acreage. As new homes and support services develop, measures need to be taken that will preserve this rustic appeal.