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General Information
Population: 26,123
Land Area: 4.66 square miles
Median Family Income: $120,208
2021 Property Tax Rate: $11.54 per $1,000 assessed
2020 Median Single Family Sale Price: $1,250,000
2020 Median Condo Sale Price: $685,250
2018-2019 Average SAT Score: 1236


Belmont is a suburb nine miles West of Boston known for the mansion-filled Belmont Hill neighborhood. Most residents live around the base of the hill, among a variety of boutiques and dining gems. With a population of 26,043, Belmont is one of the best places to live in Massachusetts. Neighborhoods include Belmont Center, Belmont Hill, Belmont Park, Clark Hill, Cushing Square, Payson Park, Snake Hill, Walnut Hill, and Waverly Square. Established in 1849, Belmont remains a primarily residential suburb, with little growth since the 1950s. Today, Belmont Center is historically significant as the town’s civic center and one of three active commercial hubs in the community. The public schools in Belmont are among the top in the state, and nationally within the top 100. There are also several private school options including Belmont Hill School for grades 7–12, and Belmont Day School for Pre K–8th grade.

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Public Education

Belmont’s public school system consists of six schools, enrolling approximately 4,400 students: four elementary schools (K-4), one middle school (5-8), and one high school. Belmont is also a member of the Minuteman Regional School District, which runs a vocational technical school, with a newly rebuilt campus located in neighboring Lexington.

Belmont Integrated Preschool is designed for children ages of 3-5 who require a special education program. Typically developing Belmont children are also enrolled to ensure integrated classrooms and are required to pay tuition. Each classroom enrolls 15 children; of which, seven will have identified special needs. The curriculum that is taught aligns with the Massachusetts State Early Childhood Program Learning Standards, the goals of which are to promote communication as well as social, emotional, cognitive, and motor development. In addition to this publicly run preschool, there are a number of private preschools in the town of Belmont.

• Burbank
• Winn Brook
• Butler
• Wellington

Burbank, Butler and Wellington:
• 8:40 AM: 2:50 PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
• 8:40 AM: 1:40 PM Wednesday
Winn Brook
• 8:50 AM: 3:00 PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
• 8:50 AM: 1:50 PM Wednesday

There is an option to enroll your child in an extended day program for a fee.

Assignment: School assignment used to be based on geography, but due to increasing class size/enrollment, schools are now assigned by the superintendents office.

Chenery Middle School is a 5-8 middle level school comprised of a lower school (grades 5-6) and an upper school (grades 7-8). The facility was built and opened in 1997. The middle school curriculum covers language arts, math, science and social studies, as well as art, physical education, foreign language, and library learning.

• 7:55 AM–2:25 PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
• 8:40 AM–1:15 PM Wednesday

Belmont High School services over 1,300 students and has an extensive curriculum offering English, foreign languages (Mandarin Chinese, French, Latin, Spanish), mathematics, science, health, technology and engineering, social studies, fine and performing arts (visual arts, music, theatre), and physical education. Most of these courses are taught on 2 levels: honors and college prep/AP.

• 2019-2020 Enrollment: 4,400
• 2019 Four year adjusted cohort graduation rate: 99.4%
• 2018-2019 Percent of students completing advanced courses: 85.3%
• 2018-2019 Average SAT Score: 1236
• 2018 Total expenditures per pupil: $14,246.31

Private Education

There are a number of private schools in Belmont, including:
Belmont Day School (grades PK-8)
Belmont Hill School (Boys grades 7-12)
Waldorf High School of Mass Bay (grades 9 -12)


Belmont abuts Cambridge and is located 7 miles northwest of Boston. Under light traffic conditions the commute is approximately 15 minutes into Boston. There are two major commuter routes convenient to Belmont: Route 2 and Interstate 90. Read more about major driving routes here (link to our blog on transport).

The MBTA Fitchburg Commuter Rail, which runs to/from North Station in downtown Boston, has two stops in Belmont: one in Belmont Center and the other at nearby Waverly Station. The ride between Waverley and North Station is about 20 minutes, and 8 minutes between Waverley and Porter Square, where the train connects to the MBTA Red Line, which runs with multiple stops through Cambridge into Boston.

MBTA Bus Lines: There are multiple bus routes into Cambridge, with connections to the Red Line subway into Boston from Alewife or Harvard Square.


Parks, Recreation, Sports Facilities

Skip Viglirolo Skating Rink is a year-round skating rink and home to the Belmont High School Marauders Hockey teams. The rink is also available to residents for recreational use and free skate. Discussions are in progress about having the skating center rebuilt.

Underwood Pool is an outdoor public pool that can be joined by Belmont residents for $300 for a family membership. It offers dedicated toddler time, lap swimming, free swim, adult swim, and swimming lessons for Belmont residents.

Fresh Pond Golf Course (Thomas P. O’Neill Jr. Golf Course) is a 9-hole public golf course, challenging all abilities with well defined hazards, water coming into play on 4 holes, and two Par 5s. The course operates early spring through early December, and offers a variety of affordable daily fees and season memberships, as well as free weekly summer junior golf lessons.

With trails that wrap through varied terrains from forests to meadows and ponds, Mass Audubon Habitat and Wildlife Sanctuary serves as a center for environmental learning and offers programs for all ages including summer camps, a large variety of classes, bird watching hikes, art exhibits, and more. In addition, there is a beautiful Georgian-style mansion and formal gardens that can be rented to host events.

The Belmont Recreation Department offers Belmont residents a full range of recreational activities, events, and programs with the goal of enhancing the quality of life for residents of all ages. They run a wide range of programs including sports, fitness, self defense, field trips, clinics, arts and crafts, and classes on financial planning and language arts.

Belmont/Watertown S.P.O.R.T. is a year round program provides activities for individuals with special needs; participants of all ages and levels are welcome to enroll. Financial assistance is available through the Belmont Recreation Department.

Beaver Brook Reservation is 59 acres of open fields and woodlands. In the northern section there are ponds and a waterfall, which make for a scenic walk or picnic. In the southern section, there are athletic fields, a wading pool, and spray deck that are very popular with Belmont residents in the warmer months.

Country Clubs:
• Belmont Country Club
• Oakley Country Club
• Belmont Tennis Club
• Belmont Hill Club

Hiking Trails:
• Rock Meadow
• Lone Tree Hill
• Fresh Pond


Libraries & Art

Belmont Public Library does not just deal in books. It also runs a ‘library of things’ for Belmont residents. This means you can checkout e-readers, gaming consoles, arts and crafts items, and science related items and book group kits. They also offer residents free museum passes that are usable all over the state. In addition to all of this, they offer one-on-one tech help, rentable meeting rooms, and events and programs for residents throughout the year.

The Belmont Media Center (BMC) is a non-profit media center that serves Belmont and the surrounding communities. BMC is a digital state-of-the-art facility including 2 TV studios and editing bays, plus a new HD TV remote production kit. Its mission is to foster community engagement, free speech and creative expression. Members of BMC have access to the center’s equipment and facilities to learn how to produce their own television programs.

Local Businesses


• Belmont Books
• Craft Beer Cellar
• The Toy Shop of Belmont
• A Chocolate Dream
• Bells and Whistles
• Bessie Blue
• Didriks
• Irresistibles
• Local Root
• Moozy’s Ice Cream
• Vicki Lee’s
• Belmont Caffe
• Wescott Mercantile

Grocery Stores

In Town:
• The Spirited Gourmet
• Star Market
• Sophia’s Greek Pantry

• Whole Foods (Cambridge)
• Trader Joe’s (Cambridge)
• Russo’s (Watertown)

Coleman Group Favorite Cafes & Restaurants

• El Centro
• Vicki Lee’s

Gyms & Fitness Studios

• Waverly Oaks Athletic club
• Fitness Together
• Burnin’ by Ray
• Get in Shape for Women

Coleman Group Tip

Hit-up Il Casale for a cozy evening with classic cocktails and homemade Italian pastas in a converted firehouse. Don't miss Sophia's Greek Pantry for an array of Greek and Balkan imports and specialty foods, including homemade yogurt and baklava.