Claremont, California


Claremont, California
Claremont
—  City  —
City of Claremont
Claremont City Hall
Nickname(s): The City of Trees and PhDs
Location of Claremont within Los Angeles County, California.
Coordinates: 34°6′36″N 117°43′11″W / 34.11°N 117.71972°W / 34.11; -117.71972Coordinates: 34°6′36″N 117°43′11″W / 34.11°N 117.71972°W / 34.11; -117.71972
Country  United States
State  California
County Los Angeles
Government
 - Mayor Sam Pedroza
Area[1]
 - Total 13.486 sq mi (34.930 km2)
 - Land 13.348 sq mi (34.571 km2)
 - Water 0.138 sq mi (0.358 km2)  1.03%
Population (2010)
 - Total 34,926
 - Density 2,589.7/sq mi (999.9/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 91711
Area code(s) 909
Website http://www.ci.claremont.ca.us/

Claremont is a small affluent college town in eastern Los Angeles County, California, United States, about 30 miles (48 km) east of downtown Los Angeles at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. The population as of the 2010 census is 34,926. Claremont is known for its seven higher-education institutions, its tree-lined streets, and its historic buildings.[2] 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.[3] Due to its large number of trees and residents with doctorates, it is known as "the City of Trees and PhDs."[4]

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 boutique hotel, retail space, offices, and a parking structure on the site of an old citrus packing plant just west of Indian Hill Blvd.

The citrus groves and open space which once dominated the northern portion of the city have been replaced by new residential developments of large homes.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 1,740-acre (7.0 km2) 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 Angeles and San Bernardino several times each day.

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Civic institutions

The Claremont Colleges, a consortium of seven schools of higher education which includes Pomona College (founded in 1887), Claremont Graduate University (1925), Scripps College (1926), Claremont McKenna College (1946), Harvey Mudd College (1955), Pitzer College (1963), and Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences (1997), are located in Claremont. Many of these schools are consistently rated among the best in the nation, which has helped draw students from across the country and around the world. Just north of Foothill is the college-owned Robert J. Bernard Field Station. 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 6,500 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 Garden contains a major collection of California native plants and is located next door to the natural coastal sage scrub of the Bernard Field Station.

Geography

Claremont is located at 34°6′36″N 117°43′11″W / 34.11°N 117.71972°W / 34.11; -117.71972 (34.110009, -117.719734).[5] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.4 square miles (35 km2). 13.3 square miles (34 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (1.03%) is water. Claremont is located at the eastern end of Los Angeles County, and is adjacent to the cities of Upland, Pomona, La Verne, and Montclair in San Bernardino County. Claremont is approximately 24 miles (39 km) east of Pasadena and 30 miles (48 km) east of Los Angeles.

Climate

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

Climate data for Claremont
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 68
(20)
69
(21)
69
(21)
74
(23)
77
(25)
82
(28)
89
(32)
89
(32)
87
(31)
80
(27)
73
(23)
68
(20)
77
Average low °F (°C) 42
(6)
44
(7)
45
(7)
47
(8)
51
(11)
55
(13)
59
(15)
59
(15)
58
(14)
53
(12)
45
(7)
41
(5)
50
Precipitation inches (mm) 4.02
(102.1)
4.05
(102.9)
3.45
(87.6)
0.73
(18.5)
0.25
(6.4)
0.05
(1.3)
0
(0)
0.13
(3.3)
0.29
(7.4)
0.66
(16.8)
1.29
(32.8)
2.04
(51.8)
16
(406)
Source: [6]

Demographics

2010

The 2010 United States Census[7] reported that Claremont had a population of 34,926. The population density was 2,589.7 people per square mile (999.9/km²). The racial makeup of Claremont was 24,666 (70.6%) White, 1,651 (4.7%) African American, 172 (0.5%) Native American, 4,564 (13.1%) Asian, 38 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 2,015 (5.8%) from other races, and 1,820 (5.2%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6,919 persons (19.8%).

The Census reported that 29,802 people (85.3% of the population) lived in households, 4,926 (14.1%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 198 (0.6%) were institutionalized.

There were 11,608 households, out of which 3,576 (30.8%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 6,305 (54.3%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 1,223 (10.5%) had a female householder with no husband present, 397 (3.4%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 429 (3.7%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 138 (1.2%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 2,957 households (25.5%) were made up of individuals and 1,556 (13.4%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57. There were 7,925 families (68.3% of all households); the average family size was 3.10.

The population was spread out with 6,459 people (18.5%) under the age of 18, 6,778 people (19.4%) aged 18 to 24, 6,940 people (19.9%) aged 25 to 44, 8,979 people (25.7%) aged 45 to 64, and 5,770 people (16.5%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.6 years. For every 100 females there were 88.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.7 males.

There were 12,156 housing units at an average density of 901.3 per square mile (348.0/km²), of which 7,700 (66.3%) were owner-occupied, and 3,908 (33.7%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0.9%; the rental vacancy rate was 5.5%. 21,209 people (60.7% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 8,593 people (24.6%) lived in rental housing units.

2000

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 33,998 people, 11,281 households, and 7,806 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,586.6 inhabitants per square mile (999.0/km2). There were 11,559 housing units at an average density of 879.4 per square mile (339.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 73.48% White, 15.36% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race, 11.51% Asian, 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 2009 estimate, the median household income was $83,342 and the median family income was $107,287.[9] The per capita income for the city was $39,648. About 3.5% of families and 5.4% of individuals were below the poverty line.


Government

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 Tim Donnelly. Federally, Claremont is located in California's 26th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R +4[10] and is represented by Republican David Dreier.

Economy

Top employers

According to the City's 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[11] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Claremont Colleges 3,000
2 Claremont Unified School District 750
3 HiRel Connectors 300
4 City of Claremont 259
5 Claremont Auto Center 240
6 Claremont Manor 230
7 Technip 205
8 Pilgrim Place 180
9 Indian Hill Nursing 124
10 The Webb Schools 119

Points of interest

Notable current and former residents

References

  1. ^ U.S. Census
  2. ^ Los Angeles County Library - Frequently Asked Questions: Claremont
  3. ^ CNN Money ratings of the best cities to live in the U.S.
  4. ^ Carrier, Susan. “What's green and well educated? Claremont”, The Los Angeles Times, June 29, 2003, retrieved July 24, 2010
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "Average weather for Claremont". Weather.com. June 2011. http://www.weather.com/outlook/health/achesandpains/climatology/monthly/USCA0223?from=36hr_newslinker2. Retrieved January 18, 2011. 
  7. ^ All data are derived from the United States Census Bureau reports from the 2010 United States Census, and are accessible on-line here. The data on unmarried partnerships and same-sex married couples are from the Census report DEC_10_SF1_PCT15. All other housing and population data are from Census report DEC_10_DP_DPDP1. Both reports are viewable online or downloadable in a zip file containing a comma-delimited data file. The area data, from which densities are calculated, are available on-line here. Percentage totals may not add to 100% due to rounding. The Census Bureau defines families as a household containing one or more people related to the householder by birth, opposite-sex marriage, or adoption. People living in group quarters are tabulated by the Census Bureau as neither owners nor renters. For further details, see the text files accompanying the data files containing the Census reports mentioned above.
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ "Will Gerrymandered Districts Stem the Wave of Voter Unrest?". Campaign Legal Center Blog. http://www.clcblog.org/blog_item-85.html. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  11. ^ City of Claremont CAFR
  12. ^ Snoop Dogg Slangin' His Crib

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