Claremont is a city on the eastern border of Los Angeles County, California at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. Like a snapshot from Americana, Claremont is known for its tree-lined street, historic buildings, and many educational institutions. Claremont has been the winner of the National Arbor Day Association’s Tree City USA award no less that 22 years in a row. The city incorporated in 1907, which is also when the citizen’s started the city’s tree planting tradition. In July 2007, Claremont was rated by CNN/Money magazine as the 5th best place to live in the U.S. and was the highest rated place in California on the list. Due to its large number of trees and residents with doctoral degrees, it is sometimes referred to at “The City of Trees and PhD’s” If the tree-lined streets, and relaxed, chic culture of the city aren’t enough, the wonderful boutiques and shopping in “The Village” round out the city’s offerings. The northern, foothill area also includes the Padua Hills Theatre, a historic site constructed in 1930.
The city is primarily residential, with a significant portion of its commercial activity revolving around “The Village”, a popular collection of street-front small stores, boutiques, art galleries, offices, and restaurants adjacent to and west of the Claremont Colleges. The Village was expanded in 2007, adding 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 Boulevard.
The citrus groves and open space which once dominated the northern portion of the city have been replaced by residential developments of large homes. Construction of Stone Canyon Preserve, one of the final residential tract developments in the north of the city, commenced in 2003. Private educational institutions host approximately 6,500 students every year from across the country and around the world. TheClaremont Colleges — a consortium of seven schools of higher education — include Pomona College (founded in 1887), Claremont Graduate University (1925), Scripps College (1926), Claremont McKenna College (1946), Harvey Mudd College (1955), Pitzer College(1963), and the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences (1997). Many of these schools are consistently rated among the best in the nation.
The Claremont School of Theology, another school of higher education, shares some resources with the Claremont Colleges, but is a separate entity. Claremont is also home to the Claremont Institute, a conservative think tank.
According to the City’s 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report the top employers in the city are: Claremont Colleges, Claremont Unified School District.
Students in Claremont attend schools located in the Claremont Unified School District.