Belmont, California
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City of Belmont

Location of Belmont in San Mateo County, California.

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Belmont, California
Location in the United States
Country United States
State California
County San Mateo
Incorporated October 29, 1926[1]
 • Total 4.64 sq mi (12.02 km2)
 • Land 4.63 sq mi (12.00 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)  0.19%
Elevation[3] 43 ft (13 m)
Population (2010)[4]
 • Total 25,835
 • Estimate (2016)[5] 27,081
 • Density 5,843.98/sq mi (2,256.45/km2)
Time zone Pacific (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 94002
Area code 650
FIPS code 06-05108
GNIS feature IDs 1658029, 2409826

Belmont is a city in San Mateo County in the U.S. state of California. It is in the San Francisco Bay Area, on the San Francisco Peninsula halfway between San Francisco and San Jose. It was originally part of Rancho de las Pulgas, for which one of its main roads, the Alameda de las Pulgas, is named. The city was incorporated in 1926. Its population was 25,835 at the 2010 census.

Ralston Hall is a historic landmark built by Bank of California founder, William Chapman Ralston, on the campus of Notre Dame de Namur University. It was built around a villa formerly owned by Count Cipriani, an Italian aristocrat. The locally famous "Waterdog Lake" is also located in the foothills and highlands of Belmont.

One of two surviving structures from the Panama-Pacific International Exposition is on Belmont Avenue (the other is the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco). The building was brought to Belmont by E.D. Swift shortly after the exposition closed in 1915. Swift owned a large amount of land in the area.

Belmont has attracted national attention for a smoking ordinance passed in January 2009 which bans smoking in all businesses and multi-story apartments and condominiums; the ordinance has been described as one of the strictest in the nation.


The name seems to derive from the Italian "bel monte," which means "beautiful mountain." It was allegedly named such because of its "symmetrically rounded eminence" nearby.[6]


Train station in Belmont

Belmont is located at 37°31′5″N 122°17′30″W / 37.51806, -122.29167 (37.518087, -122.291673).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.20 square miles (10.9 km2) of which 4.6 square miles (12 km2) is land and 0.19% is water.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1880 202
1930 984
1940 1,229 24.9%
1950 5,567 353.0%
1960 15,996 187.3%
1970 23,538 47.1%
1980 24,505 4.1%
1990 24,127 −1.5%
2000 25,123 4.1%
2010 25,835 2.8%
Est. 2016 27,081 [5] 7.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]


The 2010 United States Census[9] reported that Belmont had a population of 25,835. The population density was 5,579.8 people per square mile (2,154.4/km²). The racial makeup of Belmont was 17,455 (67.6%) White, 420 (1.6%) African American, 72 (0.3%) Native American, 5,151 (19.9%) Asian, 198 (0.8%) Pacific Islander, 964 (3.7%) from other races, and 1,572 (6.1%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2,977 persons (11.5%).

The Census reported that 25,321 people (98.0% of the population) lived in households, 394 (1.5%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 120 (0.5%) were institutionalized.

There were 10,575 households, out of which 3,251 (30.7%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 5,630 (53.2%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 830 (7.8%) had a female householder with no husband present, 391 (3.7%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 510 (4.8%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 96 (0.9%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 2,904 households (27.5%) were made up of individuals and 997 (9.4%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39. There were 6,851 families (64.8% of all households); the average family size was 2.95.

The population was spread out with 5,395 people (20.9%) under the age of 18, 1,668 people (6.5%) aged 18 to 24, 7,645 people (29.6%) aged 25 to 44, 7,284 people (28.2%) aged 45 to 64, and 3,843 people (14.9%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.9 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.5 males.

There were 11,028 housing units at an average density of 2,381.8 per square mile (919.6/km²), of which 6,280 (59.4%) were owner-occupied, and 4,295 (42.0%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0.7%; the rental vacancy rate was 5.2%. 16,473 people (63.8% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 8,848 people (34.2%) lived in rental housing units.


As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 25,123 people, 10,418 households, and 6,542 families residing in the city. The population density was 5,551.1 people per square mile (2,141.3/km²). There were 10,577 housing units at an average density of 2,337.1 per square mile (901.5/km²).

There were 10,418 households out of which 26.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.6% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.2% were non-families. 27.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the city, the population was spread out with 19.3% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 35.9% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 13.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.6 males.

According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the city was $99,739, and the median income for a family was $122,515.[11] Males had a median income of $63,281 versus $46,957 for females. The per capita income for the city was $42,812. About 1.7% of families and 4.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.2% of those under age 18 and 4.8% of those age 65 and over.

In May 2009, Belmont was ranked 11th on Forbes list of "America's Top 25 Towns to Live Well."[12]


Federal and state representation[]

In the California State Legislature, Belmont is in the 13th Senate District, represented by Democrat   Jerry Hill, and in the 22nd Assembly District, represented by Democrat   Kevin Mullin.[13]

Federally, Belmont is in California's 14th congressional district, represented by Democrat   Jackie Speier.[14]


The city is served by the Belmont Public Library of the San Mateo County Libraries, a member of the Peninsula Library System.

The city has a number of parks. This includes Twin Pines Park, Waterdog Lake Open Space,[15] Semeria Park and Davey Glen Park.

Child education is provided by public and private facilities. Students in Belmont are eligible to receive public schooling through two school districts:[16] Belmont-Redwood Shores School District (kindergarten through middle school)[17] and Sequoia Union High School District (high school).[18] There are also several private schools.[16] The private Charles Armstrong School specializes in language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia.

The city's largest hotel is Hyatt House, which in an apartment hotel and caters mostly to a business clientele, due to its proximity to Oracle headquarters.

Smoking policy[]

In January 2009, Belmont adopted an ordinance that bans smoking in city parks, all businesses, and all multi-story apartments and condominiums. The policy, which has been described as perhaps the strictest anti-smoking law in the nation, was the result of a group of retirees lobbying the city to stop secondhand smoke from drifting into their apartments from neighboring places. Public health advocates consider the ordinance to be a new front in a national battle against tobacco; officials from the American Lung Association of California said "Belmont broke through this invisible barrier in the sense that it addressed drifting smoke in housing as a public health issue."[19]


Top employers[]

According to the city's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[20] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Oracle 500 to 999
2 Cengage Learning 250 to 499
3 Volkswagen Group of America Electronics Research Lab 100 to 249
4 Nikon Precision 100 to 249
5 Safeway 100 to 249
6 Autobahn Motors 100 to 249
7 Silverado Senior Living 100 to 249
8 Carlmont Gardens 75 to 100
9 Lunardi's 75 to 100
10 Jameco Electronics 75 to 100

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See also[]


  1. ^ "California Cities by Incorporation Date" (Word). California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions. Archived from the original on November 3, 2014. Retrieved August 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 19, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Belmont". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved October 20, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Belmont (city) QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 31, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  6. ^ Gudde, Erwin G. "California Place Names: The Origin and Etymology of Current Geographical Names," 4th ed. University of California Press, p. 31-32
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Belmont city". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  11. ^ American FactFinder. Retrieved on 2013-07-21.
  12. ^ Woolsey, Matt. "In Depth: America's Top 25 Towns To Live Well". Forbes. 
  13. ^ "Statewide Database". UC Regents. Retrieved December 29, 2014. 
  14. ^ "California's 14th Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 13, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Waterdog trail map". 
  16. ^ a b "Belmont, CA Schools". 
  17. ^ "Belmont-Redwood Shores School District". Archived from the original on June 26, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Sequoia Union High School District". Archived from the original on October 16, 2012. 
  19. ^ McKinley, Jesse. "Smoking Ban Hits Home. Truly." The New York Times, January 26, 2009. Retrieved on 2009-01-26.
  20. ^ City of Belmont CAFR Script error: No such module "webarchive".

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