Introduction to Claremont, California

Claremont, California, in Los Angeles county, is 3 miles NE of Pomona, California (center to center) and 21 miles NW of Riverside, California. Claremont is a college town situated at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. It features seven higher education institutions and several of them are often ranked with the best colleges in the country. The city features a large number of historic structures. 

With its vast number of trees and numerous residents with doctorates, Claremont is referred to as "the City of Trees and PhDs." It's mostly a residential area. The northern part of Claremont feature a large number of upscale homes. The municipality constantly receives the National Arbor Day Associations's Tree City USA award. Claremont features Neo-Classical Revival, Victorian, Craftsman and Spanish Colonial Revival architecture.

Claremont History

The Serrano Indians were the initial inhabitants. The Spanish period in California began in 1771. The Claremont area was part of the acreage owned by the Mission San Gabriel. In 1834 the vast majority of this land became part of the Rancho San Jose. The first claim for land filed by a European occurred in 1871.

The city of Claremont was created in 1887, primarily due to the arrival of the Santa Fe Railroad. Claremont was incorporated in 1907. Soon, the colleges were expanding and the citrus industry was thriving. After the Second World War was over most of the citrus groves were converted to homes.

Claremont Attractions

  • Padua Hills Theatre is a notable historic site.
  • The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden includes a large number of Californian plants.
  • The Village incldudes a variety of shops, art galleries, boutiques and restaurants and is popular with college students.
  • The Garner House is a noteworthy historic structure.
  • John R. Rodman Arboretum is situated on Pitzer College campus and features a wide variety of attractive gardens.
  • Memorial Park hosts a variety of community events.

Claremont Activities

The city features numerous parks for outdoor activities. The Thompson Creek Trail is popular for walking, bicycle riding and jogging. Golfing enthusiasts enjoy the region's quality courses. A wide variety of activities and entertainment are available in nearby Los Angeles. The beaches along the Pacific Coast are nearby. The San Gabriel Mountains are popular for a variety of recreational activities.

Claremont Transportation

Air travel is provided at the close by Ontario International Airport. Metrolink offers train service to Los Angeles and San Bernardino.

Claremont Higher Education

The Claremont Colleges are a collection of seven colleges including, Scripps, Pitzer, Pomona, Claremont McKenna and Harvey Mudd colleges as well as Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute. The colleges are within walking distance of each other. The Claremont School of Theology is also situated in the city.


Total Population 35,762
Male Share of the Population 47.9%
Female Share of the Population 52.1%
Senior Citizens 17.9%
Employed Population 16+ 15,426
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 46.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 56.2%
Median Earnings25+ $51,415
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,822
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,429


Median Family Income $110,369
% Above Poverty Level 91.8%
% Below Poverty Level 8.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 8.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 10.8%
% Using Public Transportation 3.5%


People Living Alone 27%
Median Gross Rent $1,366
Median House Value $558,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 46.3%
US/American 0.8%
English 9.6%
Irish 8.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Claremont Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles NE of Pomona, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 21 miles NW of Riverside, California
County Los Angeles
Standard Zip Codes 91711
Phone Area Codes 909
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.096
Longitude -117.718

Claremont Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 2.9 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 68 F
Apr Temp 47 to 74 F
Jul Temp 59 to 89 F
Oct Temp 53 to 80 F
Annual Precip 16.9 inches
Distance 11.6 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 68 F
Apr Temp 49 to 76 F
Jul Temp 62 to 95 F
Oct Temp 56 to 83 F
Annual Precip 14.7 inches
Distance 17.6 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 69 F
Apr Temp 51 to 73 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 56 to 80 F
Annual Precip 11.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Diamond Bar 56,471 $95,487
La Verne 31,920 $96,424
Montclair 38,025 $53,493
Ontario 168,218 $56,857
Pomona 151,753 $51,457
Upland 75,542 $69,358

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Claremont High Schools

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Serves 2,236 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26

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Serves 119 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.8

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Serves 60 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.2

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