Claremont is a quiet town filled with academic-minded people. A quarter of the adult population of Claremont holds a bachelor’s degree, while more than a quarter have graduate or professional degrees. While not considered a typical college town, you can see the influence that the 5C has on the surrounding environment. The Claremont community is generally very friendly toward students, but there aren’t any nightclubs in the immediate vicinity. The city is expanding, however, and continues to offer more youthful entertainment. For example, the Claremont Village expanded to include more restaurants and a movie theater. Claremont is very small-town America—the door-to-door mailman, the farmer’s market, and no fast food places to be seen. The surrounding neighborhoods are not quite as charming—Upland reeks of strip clubs and fast food, and Pomona has a fairly high crime rate. Generally, students rarely venture away from the “Mudd bubble.” Although Claremont’s small-town charm might be appealing to many, it does get a bit monotonous after awhile.
A lot of students get up-in-arms when the Claremont Police Department shuts down a party. Aside from the noise issues that continue to be fought about over Foothill Boulevard, college students rarely have problems with the Claremont community. Also, it is also nice to be close enough to Los Angeles to experience a big city without actually living in one.