Belmont is a city in San Mateo County in the U.S. state of California. Take a look below for 20 interesting and fun facts about Belmont, California, United States.
1. It is in the San Francisco Bay Area, on the San Francisco Peninsula about halfway between San Francisco and San Jose.
2. It was originally part of Rancho de las Pulgas, for which one of its main roads, the Alameda de las Pulgas, is named.
3. The city was incorporated in 1926. Its population was 25,835 at the 2010 census.
4. Ralston Hall is a historic landmark built by Bank of California founder William Chapman Ralston on the campus of Notre Dame de Namur University, and is also home to Notre Dame High School.
5. It was built around a villa formerly owned by Count Leonetto Cipriani, an Italian aristocrat.
6. The locally famous “Waterdog Lake” is also located in the foothills and highlands of Belmont.
7. A surviving structure from the Panama-Pacific International Exposition is on Belmont Avenue (another is the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco).
8. The building was brought to Belmont by E.D. Swift shortly after the exposition closed in 1915.
9. Belmont has 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.
10. The name is believed to derive from the Italian bel monte, meaning “beautiful mountain.”
11. The town was named for the “symmetrically rounded eminence” nearby.
12. Belmont is located at 37°31′5″N 122°17′30″W (37.518087, -122.291673).
13. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.20 square miles (10.9 km2) of which 4.6 square miles (12 km2) is land and 0.19% is water.
14. In the California State Legislature, Belmont is in the 13th Senate District, represented by Democrat Josh Becker, and in the 22nd Assembly District, represented by Democrat Kevin Mullin.
15. Federally, Belmont is in California’s 14th congressional district, represented by Democrat Jackie Speier.
16. According to the California Secretary of State, as of February 10, 2019, Belmont has 15,827 registered voters.
17. Of those, 7,678 (48.5%) are registered Democrats, 2,540 (16%) are registered Republicans, and 4,994 (31.6%) have declined to state a political party.
18. The city is served by the Belmont Public Library of the San Mateo County Libraries, a member of the Peninsula Library System.
19. The city has a number of parks. This includes Twin Pines Park, Waterdog Lake Open Space, Semeria Park and Davey Glen Park.
20. Child education is provided by public and private facilities. Students in Belmont are eligible to receive public schooling through two school districts: Belmont-Redwood Shores School District (kindergarten through middle school) and Sequoia Union High School District (high school).