Claremont is a city on the eastern edge of Los Angeles County, California, United States. It is located in the eastern San Gabriel Valley, at the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.
Claremont is known as the home of the Claremont Colleges and other educational institutions, and for its tree-lined streets with numerous historic buildings. In July 2007, it was rated by CNN/Money magazine as the fifth best place to live in the United States, 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 as “The City of Trees and PhDs”.
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.
Claremont has been a winner of the National Arbor Day Association’s Tree City USA award for 22 consecutive years. When the city incorporated in 1907, local citizens started what has since become the city’s tree-planting tradition. The stately trees line Indian Hill Boulevard in the vicinity of the city’s Memorial Park.
The Claremont Institute, a conservative think tank, is located there. Several retirement communities, among them Pilgrim Place, the Claremont Manor and Mt. San Antonio Gardens, are also located in Claremont.
Each year, Claremont holds a springtime folk music festival, hosted by the Folk Music Center Store and Museum. The 34th event is set to take place in May 2017. Local museums include Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology, which is America’s only paleontology museum located on a high school campus. Each July, Ophelia’s Jump Productions presents their annual Midsummer Shakespeare Festival at The Sontag Outdoor Theatre in Pomona College. Productions are performed in repertory with local community and civic events and festivities.