Belmont, North Carolina

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Belmont, North Carolina
Belmont NC HistoricDowntown1.JPG
Nickname(s): City of Diversified Textiles
belmont north carolina
Location in the U.S. state of North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°14′40″N 81°2′8″WCoordinates: 35°14′40″N 81°2′8″W
Country  United States
State  North Carolina
County Gaston
Incorporated 1895
 • Mayor Nick Yorick
 • Total 10.1 sq mi (26.2 km2)
 • Land 9.9 sq mi (25.7 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)  1.74%%
Elevation 702 ft (214 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 10,076
 • Density 1,014/sq mi (391.6/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 28012
Area code(s) 704
FIPS code 37-04840[1]
GNIS feature ID 0980966[2]

Belmont, North Carolina is a small suburban city in Gaston County, North Carolina, United States, located about 15 miles (24 km) west of uptown Charlotte and 9 miles (14 km) east of Gastonia. The population was 10,076 at the 2010 census.[3] Once known as Garibaldi Station, the name change for Belmont is disputed. Some say it was named for a prominent New York banker – August Belmont. Others contend the Pope ordered the abbot of the monastery to change the name since he would not tolerate an abbey in a place that bore the Garibaldi name. The abbot could see Crowder’s mountain from the property and named the town Belmont – “beautiful mountain”.[4] Belmont is home to Belmont Abbey College.

Belmont is located at 35°14′40″N 81°2′8″W (35.244496, -81.035650).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.1 square miles (26.2 km2), of which 9.9 square miles (25.7 km2) is land and 0.19 square miles (0.5 km2), or 1.74%, is water.[3]

Nestled in the southern Piedmont region of North Carolina, the town of Belmont is flanked by two rivers, the Catawba River and its right tributary, the South Fork Catawba River. Adjacent to Belmont, the rivers make up two arms of Lake Wylie and form a peninsula on which the city is situated.

Areas to the west of the center of town are part of the South Fork Catawba watershed. Eastern parts of Belmont north of the Norfolk Southern Railway belong to the Catawba Heights watershed, while those to the south are in the Paw Creek watershed. Areas of unincorporated South Point Township south of Belmont belong to the Neal Branch-Beaverdam Creek watershed.[6]