City of Belmont

Belmont, meaning “beautiful mountain” in French, is a peninsula community halfway between San Francisco and San Jose. Situated primarily on the hills overlooking San Francisco Bay and the coastal range, the area is abundant in trees, vast canyons and gorgeous wooded hillsides. Homes are nestled throughout, reflecting a solid residential base.

The small, but busy downtown has easy access to freeway and rail transportation and is a mix of locally owned shops and commercial shopping. The population of close to 26,000 works in San Mateo County with only 17% commuting elsewhere. There are excellent private and public schools with exceptionally high test scores and one of the few peninsula Universities in Notre Dame De Namur on the site of the historic Ralston Mansion.

Belmont has a rich heritage of fine homes from the turn of the twentieth century. During the late 1990s housing demand increased dramatically, in large part due to the growth of the nearby headquarters of Oracle Corporation. Belmont continues to enjoy the security of a very low crime rate, less than one-fifth the national average.

The adopted Vision Statement developed by members of the community captures our distinctive community character:

  • Belmont prides itself on being unique
  • Its small-town ambiance sets it apart as a tranquil, safe and desirable place to live
  • We get involved in town matters because we care about living here
  • We connect with each other in all kinds of gathering places
  • Our strong sense of community and enjoyment of the town’s assets and activities deepen as we become better informed and connected

Learn more at

2024 State of the City Address