Claremont is a city in Los Angeles County, California with a population of over 34,000 citizens. It is just over 39 miles from downtown Los Angeles, and is home to an affluent society. It is renowned for its colleges, its buildings, and its trees.
Since 1907, when the city was incorporated, there has been an active policy of planting trees. The result is an attractive city with beautiful, picturesque, tree-lined streets. Additionally, the city's American Elms have never been infected with the notorious Dutch Elm disease. That makes Claremont one of the few places in the US that have not been affected by this lethal tree disease.
The city is mainly a residential one, with very little commercial activity. Most commercial activity revolves around the area known as Claremont Village, an area that has a number of art galleries, restaurants, boutiques and small-scale stores.
Despite many protests, the village area was expanded in 2007, and now includes office areas, retail outlets, a hotel and a cinema. Additional parking facilities were added on the site of an old fruit-packing factory.
Opponents of the development claimed that the new additions would destroy the homeliness of the Village area, and many residents today believe that that is the case. Nevertheless, Claremont is still regarded as a highly desirable place to live. CNN/Money magazine put Claremont as the most desirable place to reside in all of California, and ranked it the fifth best residential city in the entire US.
Its policy on tree planting and management has also achieved widespread recognition. It has the remarkable record of being the winner of the Tree City USA award 22 years in a row. This award is granted annually by the National Arbor Day Association.
Serious breaches of the law are very rare, and Claremont's jail is most often used for holding people charged with minor offenses. However, there is a bail bonds service available in Claremont.