Belmont gets its name from the French words for “beautiful mountain,” and much of the city sits at the base of steep hills overlooking San Francisco Bay.
Many fine homes that were built at the turn of the last century still stand, although the demand for additional housing in recent decades – spurred partially by growth at the nearby headquarters of Oracle Corp. – gives the city a more modern look. Belmont is also the home of Notre Dame de Namur University, a Catholic, co-educational school that became the first college in California authorized to grant a bachelor’s degree to women.
Bounded by San Mateo, Foster City, Redwood City, and San Carlos, Belmont has a population of more than 26,000 residents. The city is located within close proximity to both state Route 82 and Highway 101 and also has its own Caltrain station.
Belmont attracted national attention in 2009 when it adopted a smoking ordinance considered one of the strictest in the nation. The ordinance bans smoking in all parks, businesses, and multistory apartments and condominiums.
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