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Belmont, California
City
City of Belmont
Official seal of Belmont, California
Seal
Location in San Mateo County and the U.S. state of California
Location in San Mateo County and the U.S. state of California
Country United States
State California
County San Mateo
Incorporated October 29, 1926
Area
 • Total 4.630 sq mi (11.992 km2)
 • Land 4.621 sq mi (11.970 km2)
 • Water 0.009 sq mi (0.022 km2)  0.19%
Elevation 43 ft (13 m)
Population (April 1, 2010)
 • Total 25,835
 • Estimate (2014) 27,073
 • Density 5,859/sq mi (2,262/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
Website www.belmont.gov

Belmont is an affluent 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.

Carlmont High School and Ralston Middle School are located in Belmont and are both Distinguished California Schools.

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.

Etymology

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.

Geography

Belmont Caltrain station
Train station in Belmont

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

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

Demographics

Historical population
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. 2015 27,218 5.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010

The 2010 United States Census 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, 423 (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 (40.6%) 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.

2000

As of the census 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. 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."

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