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Claremont City Guide City of Trees and PhDs











Founded in 1887, the city of Claremont lies east of Los Angeles County at the foothills of the San Gabriel Valley. One of the only places where the American Elm Tree still stands, unexposed to the Dutch Elm Disease, these beautiful trees adorn this city of 36,000 people.

American Elm

This city is home to the Claremont Colleges, a collection of 5 undergraduate colleges and 2 graduate colleges with the original college, Pomona College, being founded in 1887. The American Liberal Arts College ranking  in 2016 includes the 5 undergraduate colleges in the top 40 liberal arts colleges in the United states. Their ranking goes as follows:

  • Pomona College #7
  • Claremont McKenna College #9
  • Harvey Mudd College #21
  • Scripps College #23
  • Pitzer College #32

All 5 undergraduate colleges we also categorized as “Most Selective,” the class of 2020 admission cycle 4 of the 5 most selective liberal arts colleges in the U.S. based on acceptance rate were a part of the Claremont Colleges.

With such an esteemed college within the city Claremont has a high number of graduate and post-graduate degrees among its citizens. This fact in conjunction with the high number of Elm and other trees has given the city the nickname of “City of Trees and PhDs.”


Half of Claremont’s restaurants are located in the historic downtown area known as the Claremont Village.

The Village is full of boutiques and shops that feature fair trade shopping. Claremont is the first town in Southern California designated as a Fair Trade Town. This means merchants are supported locally and worldwide to adhere to environmental standards to help the planet, create safe working conditions, with fair prices, and help end forced child labor.

Claremont is an ideal city for those looking to purchase their first home as a family. It is close enough to Los Angeles without the hustle and bustle of the city life. There are a plethora of activities for all types of people with with lovely museums and the world’s largest collection of native California flora. Individuals in love with the outdoors can enjoy scenic hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, and more. Families and children will have an amazing and safe community to grow and develop.

For more information on the city of Claremont visit the official City of Claremont, California website. For dining, events, and more visit Discover Claremont.