Belmont, California

Belmont, California
City of Belmont
—  city  —

Location in San Mateo County and the state of California
Coordinates: 37°31′5″N 122°17′30″W / 37.51806°N 122.29167°W / 37.51806; -122.29167Coordinates: 37°31′5″N 122°17′30″W / 37.51806°N 122.29167°W / 37.51806; -122.29167
Country  United States
State  California
County San Mateo
 – 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 (2010)
 – Total 25,835
 – Density 5,579.9/sq mi (2,154.4/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 – Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 94002
Area code(s) 650
FIPS code 06-05108
GNIS feature ID 1658029

Belmont is a city in San Mateo County, California, United States. It is in the San Francisco Bay Area, located half-way down the San Francisco Peninsula between San Mateo and San Carlos. It was originally part of the Rancho de las Pulgas, for which one of its main roads, the Alameda de las Pulgas, is named. The town was incorporated in 1926. The 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.



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)[2].

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) of it is land and 0.19% is water.



The 2010 United States Census[3] 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.


As of the census[4] 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.[5] 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 or over.

In May, 2009, Belmont was ranked 11th on Forbes list of "America's Top 25 Towns to Live Well."[6]


In the state legislature Belmont is located in the 8th Senate District, represented by Democrat Leland Yee, and in the 19th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Jerry Hill. Federally, Belmont is located in California's 14th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of D +21[7] and is represented by Democrat Anna Eshoo.

The city is served by the Peninsula Library System.

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 antismoking 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."[8]


Top employers

According to the city's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[9] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Oracle 500 to 999
2 Cengage Learning 250 to 499
3 Nikon Precision 100 to 249
4 Safeway 100 to 249
5 Autobahn Motors 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

Notable residents

Sister cities


  1. ^ U.S. Census
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ Woolsey, Matt. "In Depth: America's Top 25 Towns To Live Well". Forbes. 
  7. ^ "Will Gerrymandered Districts Stem the Wave of Voter Unrest?". Campaign Legal Center Blog. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  8. ^ McKinley, Jesse. "Smoking Ban Hits Home. Truly." The New York Times, January 26, 2009. Retrieved on 2009-01-26.
  9. ^ City of Belmont CAFR

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