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City of Belmont
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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; -122.29167
Country United States
State California
County San Mateo
Area
 - Total 4.5 sq mi (11.7 km2)
 - Land 4.5 sq mi (11.7 km2)
 - Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 43 ft (13 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 25,123
 - Density 5,582.9/sq mi (2,147.3/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 94002-94003
Area code(s) 650
FIPS code 06-05108
GNIS feature ID 1658029
Website http://www.belmont.gov/

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 25,123 at the 2000 census.

Ralston Hall, built around a villa formerly owned by Count Cipriani, an Italian aristocrat, by Bank of California founder William Chapman Ralston, on the campus of Notre Dame de Namur University is a historic landmark. The locally famous "Waterdog Lake" is located in the foothills and highlands of Belmont.

One of two surviving structures from the Panama Pacific 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.

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Geography

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)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.5 square miles (11.7 km²), of which, 4.5 square miles (11.7 km²) of it is land and 0.52% is water.

Demographics

As of the census[2] 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/sq mi (901.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 75.19% White, 15.44% Asian, 1.68% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.54% Pacific Islander, 2.62% from other races, and 4.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.32% of the population.

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.[3] 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."[4]

Government

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[5] and is represented by Democrat Anna Eshoo.

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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."[6]

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