Belmont, California


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 about halfway between San Francisco and San Jose. Known for its wooded hills, views of the San Francisco Bay and stretches of open space, Belmont is a quiet residential community in the midst of the culturally and technologically rich Bay Area. 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 28,335 at the 2020 census.

Belmont, California
City of Belmont
Aerial view of Belmont, September 2019.JPG
Official seal of Belmont, California
Location of Belmont in San Mateo County, California
Location of Belmont in San Mateo County, California
Belmont, California is located in the United States
Belmont, California
Belmont, California
Location in the United States
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
CountryUnited States
CountySan Mateo
IncorporatedOctober 29, 1926[1]
 • MayorCharles Stone[2]
 • Total4.64 sq mi (12.01 km2)
 • Land4.63 sq mi (11.99 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)  0.19%
Elevation43 ft (13 m)
 • Total28,335
 • Density6,119.87/sq mi (2,363.11/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area code650
FIPS code06-05108
GNIS feature IDs1658029, 2409826
City limits and streets in 1937

Ralston Hall is a historic landmark built by Bank of California founder William Chapman Ralston on the campus of Notre Dame de Namur University, and is also home to Notre Dame High School. It was built around a villa formerly owned by Count Leonetto Cipriani [fr], an Italian aristocrat. The locally famous "Waterdog Lake" is also located in the foothills and highlands of Belmont. A surviving structure from the Panama-Pacific International Exposition is on Belmont Avenue (another 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.

The city is bordered by San Mateo to the north, Half Moon Bay to the west, Redwood Shores to the east, and San Carlos to the south.

Belmont has 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.


Belmont was originally part of Rancho de las Pulgas, granted to Californio politician José Darío Argüello in 1795.

The name is believed to derive from the Italian bel monte, meaning "beautiful mountain." The town was named for the "symmetrically rounded eminence" nearby.[5]


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).[6]

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 population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[7]


At the 2010 census 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%).[8]

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, 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 or wife present, 391 (3.7%) had a male householder with no wife or husband 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 one person and 997 (9.4%) had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 2.39. There were 6,851 families (64.8% of households); the average family size was 2.95.

The age distribution was 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 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, of the occupied units 6,280 (59.4%) were owner-occupied and 4,295 (42.0%) were rented. 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.


At the 2000 census there were 25,123 people in 10,418 households, including 6,542 families, 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).[9] Of the 10,418 households 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 households were one person and 7.3% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.89.

The age distribution was 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% 65 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 family income was $122,515.[10] 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."[11]


Federal and state representationEdit

In the California State Legislature, Belmont is in the 13th Senate District, represented by Democrat Josh Becker, and in the 22nd Assembly District, represented by Democrat Kevin Mullin.[12]

Federally, Belmont is in California's 14th congressional district, represented by Democrat Jackie Speier.[13]

According to the California Secretary of State, as of February 10, 2019, Belmont has 15,827 registered voters. Of those, 7,678 (48.5%) are registered Democrats, 2,540 (16%) are registered Republicans, and 4,994 (31.6%) have declined to state a political party.[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 is an apartment hotel and caters mostly to a business clientele, due to its proximity to Oracle headquarters.

Smoking policyEdit

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]


Public schoolsEdit

The public schools in Belmont are highly rated. [20] The public schools in Belmont are run by the Belmont-Redwood Shores School District (BRSSD).[21] The public high school in Belmont, Carlmont High School, however, is in Sequoia Union High School District.[22]

Elementary schoolsEdit

  • Central
  • Cipriani
  • Fox
  • Nesbit[23]

Middle schoolEdit

High schoolEdit

Private schoolsEdit



Top employersEdit

According to the city's 2021 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[27] the top employers in 2021 were:

# Employer # of Employees
1 RingCentral, Inc. 693
2 Autobahn Motors 129
3 Safeway Store #1138 112
4 Volkswagen Group of America 109
5 Nikon Precision, Inc. 95
6 Silverado Senior Living 95
7 Lunardi's Market 82
8 James Electronics Ltd. 62
9 Woodmont Real Estate Services 57
10 Merry Moppet Preschool, Inc. 55

Sister citiesEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "California Cities by Incorporation Date". California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions. Archived from the original (Word) on November 3, 2014. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
  2. ^ "City Council - City of Belmont". Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  3. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 30, 2021.
  4. ^ "Belmont". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved October 20, 2014.
  5. ^ Gudde, Erwin G. "California Place Names: The Origin and Etymology of Current Geographical Names," 4th ed. University of California Press, p. 31-32
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Belmont city". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  9. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  10. ^ American FactFinder. Retrieved on 2013-07-21.
  11. ^ Woolsey, Matt. "In Depth: America's Top 25 Towns To Live Well". Forbes.
  12. ^ "Statewide Database". UC Regents. Archived from the original on February 1, 2015. Retrieved December 29, 2014.
  13. ^ "California's 14th Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 13, 2013.
  14. ^ "CA Secretary of State – Report of Registration – February 10, 2019" (PDF). Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  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. ^ "Living in Belmont". Niche. Retrieved February 11, 2022.
  21. ^ "Belmont-Redwood Shores School District". Belmont-Redwood Shores School District. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  22. ^ a b "Carlmont High School - Home". Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  23. ^ a b "About Our Schools". Belmont-Redwood Shores School District. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  24. ^ a b "Four Schools Receive 2021 Distinguished Schools Award". San Mateo County Office of Education. Retrieved February 11, 2022.
  25. ^ "Notre Dame Belmont". Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  26. ^ "Notre Dame de Namur University | Opening Doors. Engaging Minds since 1851". Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  27. ^ City of Belmont CAFR

External linksEdit

  • Official website  
  • Belmont information resource from the Belmont Chamber of Commerce
  • Belmont Public Library - a branch of the San Mateo County Library