Borrowing the essence of a children's story, Claremont has chosen the slogan, "The Little City That Could" as its catch phrase. Boasting a rich history that dates back to 1880, the community has repeatedly proven its spirit and determination over the decades as it has met the challenges posed by economic growth and residential comfort. Located in one of the nation's fastest-growing regions, this active community is sure to continue on the path of change and evolution. After many years of planning, the city opened a branch of the Catawba County Library System to serve its modest population that numbers less than 1,200. This unique community opens its doors to more than 7,000 daytime residents who are employed in the impressive number of businesses and firms located in Claremont. In a microcosm of Manhattan, the city welcomes people who travel a considerable distance to their jobs in Claremont.