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Overview

Introduction to Belmont, Massachusetts

Belmont, Massachusetts, in Middlesex county, is 3 miles NE of Waltham, Massachusetts and 6 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is included in the Boston metropolitan area.

Belmont History

The town of Belmont was founded by the former citizens of Massachusetts Bay Colony on March 18, 1859. The land was taken from the bordering towns Waltham to the west, West Cambridge to the north and Watertown to the south. The town was named after Bellmont, the 200 acre estate of John Perkins Cushing. J.P. Cushing was the largest tax payer of Belmont and one of the top advocates. Better roads and trolley services were introduced in the twentieth century and gradually Belmont became an attractive residential area, including several large estates. In fact, the city of Belmont is also known as "The Town of Home’s.

Belmont and nearby Attractions

  • Redtop
  • Boston Massachusetts Temple
  • Edwin O. Reischauer Memorial House
  • Boston Children's Museum
  • Boston Duck Tours
  • Martin Luther King Jr.'s Apartment

Belmont Transportation

Air transportation is available from Boston Logan International Airport.

Belmont Higher Education

Harvard University is nearby.

People

Total Population 25,337
Male Share of the Population 46.9%
Female Share of the Population 53.1%
Senior Citizens 16.3%
Employed Population 16+ 12,779
Age of the Population 42

Families

% of people married 58.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 73.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $141,086
% Above Poverty Level 95.5%
% Below Poverty Level 4.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 9.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.1%
% Using Public Transportation 14.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 24%
Median Gross Rent $1,697
Median House Value $681,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 25.4%
US/American 4.8%
English 10.6%
Irish 20.5%

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

Belmont Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles NE of Waltham, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 6 miles NW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Middlesex
Standard Zip Codes 02478
P.O. Box Zip Codes 02479
Phone Area Codes 781
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.395
Longitude -71.179

Belmont Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station BEDFORD
Distance 8.1 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 35 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46.9 inches
Station READING
Distance 8.7 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 35 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 62 F
Annual Precip 48.3 inches
Station FRAMINGHAM
Distance 14.4 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 36 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 45.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Belmont, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Waverley (02479)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Arlington 44,128 $128,930
Cambridge 107,916 $104,454
Medford 57,136 $91,532
Somerville 78,595 $79,263
Waltham 62,438 $91,329

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

Belmont Public Libraries

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Belmont Public Library
336 CONCORD AVE.
Belmont, Massachusetts
(617) 489-2000
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Belmont High Schools

BELMONT HIGH
221 CONCORD AVENUE
617-484-4700
Serves 1,140 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

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