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Claremont is a college town in eastern Los Angeles County, Californiamarker, USAmarker, about 30 miles (45 km) east of downtown Los Angelesmarker at the base of the San Gabriel Mountainsmarker. The population as of 2008 is 37,242. Claremont is known for its seven higher-education institutions, its tree-lined streets, and its historic buildings. In July 2007 it was rated by CNN/Money magazine as the fifth best place to live in the United States, and was the highest rated place in California on the list. Due to its large number of trees and residents with doctorates, it is known as "the City of Trees and PhDs."

The city is primarily residential, with commercial activity revolving around The Village, a popular collection of street-front small stores, boutiques, art galleries, offices, and restaurants westerly adjacent to the Claremont Colleges. The Village was expanded in 2007, adding a multi-use development that includes a cinema, a museum of art, a boutique hotel, retail space, offices, and a parking structure on the site of an old citrus packing plant just west of Indian Hill Blvd.

Large trees and shade-covered streets, older residential areas, and the Claremont Colleges are located south of Foothill Boulevard and Baseline Road. Several of the colleges are consistently rated among the best in the nation. This has helped draw students from across the country and around the world.

The citrus groves and open space which once dominated the northern portion of the city have been replaced by new residential developments of large homes. Construction of Stone Canyon Preserve, one of the final tract residential developments in the north of the city, commenced in 2003, as part of a complicated agreement between Pomona College and the City of Claremont which resulted in the creation of a wilderness park. The foothills also include the Padua Hills Theatre, an historic site constructed in 1930.

Claremont has been a winner of the National Arbor Day Association's Tree City USA award for 22 consecutive years. Early citizens planted trees when the city incorporated in 1907. Claremont is one of the few remaining places in North America with American Elm trees that have not been exposed to Dutch Elm Disease; the stately trees line Indian Hill Boulevard in the vicinity of the city's Memorial Park.

Commuter train service to Claremont is provided by Metrolink from the Claremont Metrolink Station. The station is on the San Bernardino Line with trains traveling to Los Angelesmarker and San Bernardinomarker several times each day.

Civic institutions

The Claremont Colleges, a consortium of seven schools of higher education which includes Pomona Collegemarker, Claremont McKenna Collegemarker, Scripps Collegemarker, Harvey Mudd Collegemarker, Pitzer Collegemarker, Keck Graduate Institute, and Claremont Graduate Universitymarker, are located in Claremont. The Claremont School of Theology, another school of higher education located in Claremont, shares some resources with the Claremont Colleges, but is not a member. These private educational institutions are hosts to approximately 5,000 students every year from around the world. Claremont is also home to the Claremont Institute.

Retirement communities include Pilgrim Place, Claremont Manor and Mt. San Antonio Gardens. The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardenmarker contains a major collection of Californian plants. The Claremont Museum of Art presents exhibitions that focus on the region's artistic legacy, while introducing more contemporary work from younger artists from Claremont and abroad.


Claremont is located at (34.110009, -117.719734). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 34.8 km2 (13.4 mi2). 34.0 km2 (13.1 mi2) of it is land and 0.7 km2 (0.3 mi2) of it (2.08%) is water. Claremont is located at the eastern end of Los Angeles County, and is adjacent to the cities of Uplandmarker, Pomonamarker, La Vernemarker, and Montclairmarker and San Bernardino Countymarker. Claremont is approximately east of Pasadenamarker and east of Los Angelesmarker.


Claremont has a Mediterranean climate (Köppen climate classification Csa).


As of the census of 2000, there were 33,998 people, 11,281 households, and 7,806 families residing in the city. The population density was 999.0/km2 (2,586.6/mi2). There were 11,559 housing units at an average density of 339.6/km2 (879.4/mi2). The racial makeup of the city was 73.48% White, 15.36% of the population were Hispanic or Latino, 11.51% Asian, of any race, 4.98% Black or African American, 0.56% Native American, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 5.20% from other races, and 4.14% from two or more races.

31.3% of households included children under the age of 18. 55.7% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.8% were non-families. 24.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.08.

The population was widely distributed in age, with 20.7% under the age of 18, 18.6% from 18 to 24, 22.8% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.6% 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.1 males.

According to a 2006-2008 estimate, the median household income was $113,528 and the median family income was $133,939. The per capita income for the city was $39,648. About 1.8% of families and 4.1% of individuals were below the poverty line.


In the state legislature Claremont is located in the 29th Senate District, represented by Republican Bob Huff, and in the 59th Assembly District, represented by Republican Anthony Adams. Federally, Claremont is located in California's 26th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R +4 and is represented by Republican David Dreier.

Points of interest

  • John R. Rodman Arboretum
  • Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardenmarker
  • The Claremont Village is an area of shops and restaurants, stretching approximately from Indian Hill Blvd. and First Street at the Southwest to Harvard and Bonita at the Northeast. A recent expansion, completed in 2008, extends west of Indian Hill Blvd. to a former citrus packing plant that has been converted into shops, restaurants and an art museum.

Notable current and former residents


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