Claremont : California


What It Is Like to Retire in Claremont

Claremont California, the City of Trees and PhD's, is located some 30 miles east of Los Angeles. It is home to the Claremont Colleges. This consortium consists of seven academic institutions including Pomona College, Claremont McKenna College, Scripps College, Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, Keck Graduate Institute, and Claremont Graduate University. Approximately 5,000 students attend these elite colleges.

Aside from the colleges, Claremont is admired for its tree-lined streets and historic buildings. Money magazine rated it in 2007 as the fifth best place to live in the U.S. (the highest rated place in California). The town is primarily residential. Commercial activity centers around The Village, a popular area of street-front small stores, boutiques, art galleries, offices, and restaurants. The Village is near the Claremont Colleges.

Where to Retire in Claremont and Home Prices

There are active adult communities in the area (see link to Claremont Active Communities in left column). Other retirement communities include Pilgrim Place, Claremont Manor and Mt. San Antonio Gardens. Real estate tends to be expensive, reflecting Claremont's desirability and California prices in general. In early 2021, Zillow pegged the median home value at $760,513.


What Is Special about Claremont

The Claremont Colleges. The Village Center. Tree-lined streets.

What Is Not Special about Claremont

Because it is so nice, Claremont is a very expensive place to live.

Who Will Like Retirement in Claremont

Educated people including retired clergy and academics will find living in Claremont much to their liking. Similarly, folks who enjoy living in a bustling college town will like it in Claremont.

Local Economy Is Driven by

The Colleges of Claremont and the people they attract are very important to the Claremont economy.

Climate and Physical Environment

Claremont is 30 miles east of Los Angeles. The San Gabriel Mountains are next to the Pomona Valley.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The historic Padua Hills Theatre. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. The Claremont Colleges provide many cultural offerings.


Claremont is relatively safe; crime here is a little over half the national average.

Medical Facilities

Doctors Hospital, Ponoma Valley Hospital.


Metrolink provides light rail transportation from Claremont towards LA or San Bernadino.

Valuable Links

Claremont, California


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