Our Belmont NC Community Guide
Area: 12.22 sq. mi.
Population: 15,010 (2020)
Demographics: The breakdown of racial and ethnic groups are: White (77.19%); Black or African American (9.72%); Hispanic (4.96%). The median age for residents is 35.4. In 2017-2021, the median household income was $76,156.
Brief History: Once known as Garibaldi Station, Belmont received its official name in 1833, meaning "Beautiful Mountain." In 1871 the railroad arrived, which connected the city to other parts of the region and allowed for more growth. Although the textile industry was large in surrounding towns, Belmont didn't receive its first textile mill until 1901 with the Chronicle Mill. However, by the 1930s the textile industry became the largest part of Belmont's economy and allowed for the population to expand rapidly.
Area Info: Belmont is located about 13 miles west of Charlotte, making it a popular suburb of the larger city. The city is well known for its historical district with over 264 buildings registered. Belmont is also tucked between the Catawba River and the South Fork Catawba River, creating a peninsula-like shape that the city is built upon.
Historic Places & Cultural Places of Interest:
- Belmont Abbey
- Millican Pictorial History Museum
- Belmont Historical Society
- Belmont Historic District
- Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
- Bliss Gallery
Amenities: Belmont has a wide variety of shopping and dining options. Spend the day searching for antiques at either the Catawba River Antique Mall or the Piccolo Antique Mall. Or explore everything that Main Street has to offer with its multiple locally owned boutiques. Main Street also hosts many restaurants unique to Belmont. Find everything from delicious southern comfort food to local breweries, pubs, and quaint cafes. Belmont is also home to more name-brand stores and restaurants, many located in or near the Abbey Plaza Shopping Center on Park Street.
Parks and Recreation: The Belmont Parks and Recreation Department manages over nine parks located throughout the city. Many of these parks are home to playgrounds, greenspaces, ball fields, and picnic shelters. Some of the parks even provide water access to the Catawba River. The Parks & Recreation Department is also in the process of building a new recreation center which is set to be completed in the spring of 2023.
Public Transportation: Belmont has an 85X Gastonia Express stop located at the Abbey Plaza Shopping Center. This bus provides transportation to Gastonia and Charlotte daily. There are also plans for a light rail line being built that would connect Belmont to Charlotte and the surrounding towns.
Education: Public schools within Belmont fall under the Gaston County School District. There are five elementary schools, one middle school, and two high schools. There are also a number of highly rated private schools within the city. As for higher education, Belmont is home to Belmont Abbey College which is a small liberal arts Catholic college.
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