Claremont is a city in eastern Los Angeles County, California, USA, about 30 miles (45 km) east of downtown Los Angeles at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains in the Pomona Valley. Claremont is known for its seven higher-education institutions, its tree-lined streets, and its historic buildings. In July, 2007, it was rated by Money magazine as the fifth best place to live in the United States and was the only spot in California that made the list.  Due to its large number of trees and the many academics who live in town, it is called "The City of Trees and PhD's."
Claremont is primarily residential, with commercial activity revolving around The Village (as it is known to most residents), a popular collection of street-front small stores, upscale boutiques, art galleries, offices, and restaurants westerly adjacent to the Claremont Colleges. The Village hopes to see even more business with the 2007 completion of a multi-use development including a cinema, an upscale hotel, retail space, offices, and a parking structure on the site of an old citrus packing plant just west of Indian Hill Blvd.
Intelligent planning and foresight have been Claremont hallmarks since early citizens planted trees when the city incorporated in 1907. Large trees and shade-covered streets, older residential areas, and the Claremont Colleges are located south of the Foothill Freeway and Baseline Road. Several of the colleges are consistently rated among the best in the nation. This has helped draw students from across the country and around the world.
The orange groves and open space which once dominated the northern portion of the city have been replaced by new residential developments of large homes. Construction of Stone Canyon Preserve, one of the final tract residential developments in the north of the city, commenced in 2003, as part of a complicated agreement between Pomona College and the City of Claremont which resulted in the creation of a 1,740 acre wilderness park. The foothills also include the Padua Hills Theatre, an historic site constructed in the late 1920's.
Claremont has been a winner of the National Arbor Day Association's Tree City USA award for 19 consecutive years.
Commuter train service to Claremont is provided by Metrolink from the Claremont Metrolink Station. The station is on the San Bernardino Line with trains traveling to Los Angeles and San Bernardino daily.
The Claremont Colleges, a consortium of seven schools of higher education which includes Pomona College, Claremont McKenna College, Scripps College, Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, Keck Graduate Institute, Claremont Graduate University, are located in Claremont. The Claremont School of Theology, another school of higher education located in Claremont, shares some resources with the Claremont Colleges, but is not a member. These private educational institutions are hosts to approximately 5,000 students every year from around the world. Claremont is also home to the Claremont Institute.
Retirement communities include Pilgrim Place, Claremont Manor and Mt. San Antonio Gardens. The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden contains a major collection of Californian plants.