Marin County, California

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Marin County, California
County of Marin
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Marin County, California
Interactive map of Marin County
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Location in the state of California
Coordinates: 38°02′N122°44′W / 38.04°N 122.74°W / 38.04; -122.74 Coordinates: 38°02′N122°44′W / 38.04°N 122.74°W / 38.04; -122.74
Country United States
State California
Area San Francisco Bay
Incorporated February 18, 1850
Named for Chief Marin, "great chief of the tribe Licatiut"
County seat San Rafael
Largest citySan Rafael (population) Novato (area)
   Board of Supervisors
Supervisors [1]
  Total828 sq mi (2,140 km2)
  Land520 sq mi (1,300 km2)
  Water308 sq mi (800 km2)
Highest elevation
2,574 ft (785 m)
(2019) [4]
  Density300/sq mi (120/km2)
Time zone UTC−8 (Pacific)
  Summer (DST) UTC−7 (PDT)
Area codes 415, 707 (Tomales and Dillon Beach only)
FIPS code06-041
GNIS feature ID 277285

Marin County /məˈrɪn/ is located in the northwestern part of the San Francisco Bay Area of the U.S. state of California. As of the 2010 census, the population was 252,409. [5] Its county seat is San Rafael. [6] Marin County is across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, and is included in the San Francisco–Oakland–Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area.


As of 2019, Marin County had the sixth highest income per capita of all U.S. counties, at $141,735. [7] The county is governed by the Marin County Board of Supervisors.

San Quentin State Prison is located in the county, as is George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch. Autodesk, the publisher of AutoCAD, is also headquartered there, as well as numerous other high-tech companies. The Marin County Civic Center was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and draws thousands of visitors a year to guided tours of its arch and atrium design. In 1994, a new county jail facility was embedded into the hillside nearby. [8] Marin County's natural sites include the Muir Woods redwood forest, the Marin Headlands, Stinson Beach, the Point Reyes National Seashore, and Mount Tamalpais.

The United States' oldest cross country running event, the Dipsea Race, takes place annually in Marin County, attracting thousands of athletes. Mountain biking was invented on the slopes of Mount Tamalpais in Marin. [9]


Marin County is one of the original 27 counties of California, created February 18, 1850, following adoption of the California Constitution of 1849 and just months before the state was admitted to the Union. [10]

The Mission San Rafael Arcangel Saint Raphael Church San Rafael CA.jpg
The Mission San Rafael Arcángel

According to General Mariano Vallejo, who headed an 1850 committee to name California's counties, the county was named for "Marin," great chief of the tribe Licatiut." Marin had been named "Huicmuse" until he was baptized as "Marino" at about age 20. Marin / Marino was born into the Huimen people, a Coast Miwok tribe of Native Americans who inhabited the San Rafael area. Vallejo believed that "Chief Marin" had waged several fierce battles against the Spanish. Marino definitely did reside at Mission Dolores (in modern San Francisco) much of the time from his 1801 baptism and marriage until 1817, frequently serving as a baptism witness and godfather; he may have escaped and been recaptured at some point during that time. Starting in 1817, he served as an alcalde (in effect, an overseer) at the San Rafael Mission, where he lived from 1817 off and on until his death. In 1821, Marino served as an expedition guide for the Spanish for a couple of years before escaping and hiding out for some months in the tiny Marin Islands (also named after him); his recapture resulted in a yearlong incarceration at the Presidio before his return to the Mission San Rafael area for about 15 years until his death in 1839. [11] In 2009, a plaque commemorating Chief Marin was placed in Mill Valley.

Another version of the origin of the county name is that the bay between San Pedro Point and San Quentin Point was named Bahía de Nuestra Señora del Rosario la Marinera in 1775, and that Marin is simply an abbreviation of this name. [12]

The Coast Miwok Indians were hunters and gatherers whose ancestors had occupied the area for thousands of years. About 600 village sites have been identified in the county. The Coast Miwok numbered in the thousands. Today, there are few left and even fewer with any knowledge of their Coast Miwok lineage. Efforts are being made so that they are not forgotten. [13]

Francis Drake and the crew of the Golden Hind was thought to have landed on the Marin coast in 1579 claiming the land as Nova Albion . A bronze plaque inscribed with Drake's claim to the new lands, fitting the description in Drake's own account, was discovered in 1933. This so-called Drake's Plate of Brass was revealed as a hoax in 2003. [14]

Looking east along the Tennessee Valley Trail, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Tennessee-valley-trail-pano spring facing-east.jpg
Looking east along the Tennessee Valley Trail, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

In 1595, Sebastian Cermeno lost his ship, the San Agustin, while exploring the Marin Coast. The Spanish explorer Vizcaíno landed about twenty years after Drake in what is now called Drakes Bay. However the first Spanish settlement in Marin was not established until 1817 when Mission San Rafael Arcángel was founded partly in response to the Russian-built Fort Ross to the north in what is now Sonoma County.[ citation needed ] Mission San Rafael Arcángel was founded in what is now downtown San Rafael as the 20th Spanish mission in the colonial Mexican province of Alta California by four priests, Father Narciso Duran from Mission San Jose, Father Abella from Mission San Francisco de Asís, Father Gil y Taboada and Father Mariano Payeras, the President of the Missions, on December 14, 1817, four years before Mexico gained independence from Spain.[ citation needed ]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 828 square miles (2,140 km2), of which 520 square miles (1,300 km2) is land and 308 square miles (800 km2) (37.2%) is water. [15] It is the fourth-smallest county in California by land area. According to the records at the County Assessor-Recorder's Office, as of June 2006, Marin had 91,065 acres (369 km2) of taxable land, consisting of 79,086 parcels with a total tax basis of $39.8 billion. These parcels are divided into the following classifications:

Parcel TypeTax IDQuantityValue
Vacant106,900$508.17 million
Single Family Residential1161,264$30.13 billion
Mobile Home12210$7.62 million
House Boat13379$61.83 million
Multi Family Residential141,316$3,973.51 million
Industrial Unimproved40113$12.24 million
Industrial Improved41562$482.83 million
Commercial Unimproved50431$97.89 million
Commercial Improved517,911$4.52 billion
A view of the Golden Gate Bridge from the Marin Headlands GG-bridge-12-2006.jpg
A view of the Golden Gate Bridge from the Marin Headlands

Geographically, the county forms a large, southward-facing peninsula, with the Pacific Ocean to the west, San Pablo Bay, and San Francisco Bay to the east, and – across the Golden Gate – the city of San Francisco to the south. Marin County's northern border is with Sonoma County.

Most of the county's population resides on the eastern side, with a string of communities running along San Francisco Bay, from Sausalito to Tiburon to Corte Madera to San Rafael. The interior contains large areas of agricultural and open space; West Marin, through which State Route 1 runs alongside the California coast, contains many small unincorporated communities whose economies depend on agriculture and tourism. West Marin has beaches which are popular destinations for surfers and tourists year-round.

Notable features of the shoreline along the San Francisco Bay include the Sausalito shoreline, Richardson Bay, the Tiburon Peninsula, Ring Mountain, and Triangle Marsh at Corte Madera. Further north lies San Quentin State Prison along the San Rafael shoreline.

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

State and local protected areas

The Marin County Department of Parks and Open Space manages numerous county parks and open spaces, including Stafford Lake County Park. The Marin Municipal Water District has 130 mi (209 km) of trails.

State parks

Marine Protected Areas of Marin County

Like underwater parks, these marine-protected areas help conserve ocean wildlife and marine ecosystems:


Mount Tamalpais is the highest peak in the Marin Hills and can be seen here from Berkeley in Alameda County. Mount tamalpais from berkeley.JPG
Mount Tamalpais is the highest peak in the Marin Hills and can be seen here from Berkeley in Alameda County.

Marin County is considered in the California Floristic Province, a zone of extremely high biodiversity and endemism. There are numerous ecosystems present, including Coastal Strand, oak woodland, mixed evergreen forest, and Coast Redwood Forests chaparral and riparian zones. There are also a considerable number of protected plant and animal species present: Fauna include the California red-legged frog (Rana aurora draytonii) and California freshwater shrimp while flora include Marin Dwarf Flax, Hesperolinon congestum ; Tiburon Jewelflower, Streptanthus niger ; and Tiburon Indian paintbrush, Castilleja neglecta .

Muir Woods National Monument, which is on the Pacific coast of southwestern Marin County Muir Woods National Monument, Marin County, California.jpg
Muir Woods National Monument, which is on the Pacific coast of southwestern Marin County

A number of watersheds exist in Marin County, including Walker Creek, Lagunitas Creek, Miller Creek, and Novato Creek.

Notably, the Lagunitas Creek Watershed is home to the largest remaining wild run of coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) in Central California. These coho are part of the "Central California Coast Evolutionarily Significant Unit, [16] " or CCC ESU, and are listed as "endangered" at both the state and federal level.

Significant efforts to protect and restore these fish [17] have been underway in the Watershed since the 1980s. Fifty percent of historical salmon habitat is now behind dams. Strong efforts are also being made to protect and restore undammed, headwater reaches of this Watershed in the San Geronimo Valley, where upwards of 40% of the Lagunitas salmon spawn each year and where as much as 1/3 of the juvenile salmon (or fry) spend their entire freshwater lives. The "Salmon Protection and Watershed Network" [18] leads winter tours for the public to learn about and view these spawning salmon, and also leads year-round opportunities for the public to get involved in stream restoration, monitoring spawning and smolt outmigration, juvenile fish rescue and relocation in the summer, and advocacy and policy development. Around 490 different species of birds have been observed in Marin County. [19]

Despite the lack of rain in the Marin County area due to historic drought levels, [20] in 2014, an estimated 20,000 juvenile Coho salmon made the migration from their spawning grounds in the Lagunitas Creek area to the Pacific Ocean. This increase in migration was significantly up from the previous historic record for the same migration measured in 2006 at 11,000. [21]

In 2010, all of the county's beaches were listed as the cleanest in the state. [22]

When Richard Henry Dana, Jr. visited San Francisco Bay in 1835, he wrote about vast tule elk (Cervus canadensis nannodes) herds near the Golden Gate on December 27: "...we came to anchor near the mouth of the bay, under a high and beautifully sloping hill, upon which herds of hundreds and hundreds of red deer [note: "red deer" is the European term for "elk"], and the stag, with his high branching antlers, were bounding about...," although it is not clear whether this was the Marin side or the San Francisco side. [23]



Places by population, race, and income


Historical population
1850 323
1860 3,334932.2%
1870 6,903107.0%
1880 11,32464.0%
1890 13,07215.4%
1900 15,70220.1%
1910 25,11459.9%
1920 27,3428.9%
1930 41,64852.3%
1940 52,90727.0%
1950 85,61961.8%
1960 146,82071.5%
1970 206,03840.3%
1980 222,5688.0%
1990 230,0963.4%
2000 247,2897.5%
2010 252,4092.1%
2019 (est.)258,826 [4] 2.5%
U.S. Decennial Census [31]
1790–1960 [32] 1900–1990 [33]
1990–2000 [34] 2010–2015 [3]

The 2010 United States Census reported that Marin County had a population of 252,409. The racial makeup of Marin County was 201,963 (80.0%) White, 6,987 (2.8%) African American, 1,523 (0.6%) Native American, 13,761 (5.5%) Asian, 509 (0.2%) Pacific Islander, 16,973 (6.7%) from other races, and 10,693 (4.2%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 39,069 persons (15.5%). [35]

Demographic profile [36] 2010200019901980
Black or African American2.8%2.9%3.5%2.5%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.6%0.4%0.4%0.4%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander0.2%0.2%
Some other race6.7%4.5%
Two or more races4.2%3.5%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race)15.5%11.1%7.4%4.2%
White alone72.8%78.6%84.6%89.8%


As of the census [37] of 2000, there were 247,289 people, 100,650 households, and 60,691 families residing in the county. The population density was 476 people per square mile (184/km2). There were 104,990 housing units at an average density of 202 per square mile (78/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 84.0% White, 2.9% Black or African American, 0.4% Native American, 4.5% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 4.5% from other races, and 3.5% from two or more races. 11.1% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

In 2000, there were 100,650 households, out of which 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.4% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.7% were non-families. 29.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 20.3% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 31.0% from 25 to 44, 29.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 98.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.4 males.

Life expectancy

According to the most recent data on U.S. life expectancy, published in 2010 by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, a female in Marin County could expect to live 85.0 years, the longest for any county in the United States. The national average is 80.8 years for a female. [38]

Race and ethnicity

According to the 2010 United States Census, the racial composition of Marin County was as follows:


[39] [ better source needed ]

Place of birth

According to the 2006–2008 American Community Survey, 81.3% of Marin County's residents were born in the United States. Approximately 80.0% of the county's residents were born in one of the fifty states or born abroad to American parents.

Foreign-born individuals made up the remaining 18.7% of the population. Latin America was the most common birthplace of foreign-born residents; those born in Latin America made up the plurality (42.2%) of Marin County's foreign population. Individuals born in Europe were the second largest foreign-born group; they made up 25.3% of Marin County's foreign population. Immigrants from Asia made up 23.7% of the county's foreign population. Those born in other parts of North America and Africa made up 3.9% and 3.8% of the foreign-born populace respectively. Lastly, residents born in Oceania made up a mere 1.2% of Marin County's foreign population.

Source: [40]


According to the 2006–2008 American Community Survey, English was the most commonly spoken language at home by residents over five years of age; those who spoke only English at home made up 77.1% of Marin County's residents. Speakers of non-English languages accounted for the remaining 22.9% of the population. Speakers of Spanish made up 11.7% of the county's residents, while speakers of other Indo-European languages made up 7.1% of the populace. Speakers of Asian languages and indigenous languages of the Pacific islands made up 3.4% of the population. The remaining 0.7% spoke other languages. Source: [40]


According to the 2007–2009 American Community Survey, there were 16 ancestries in Marin County that made up over 0.9% of its population each. The 16 ancestries are listed below:

Source: [40]


The median income for a household in the county was $71,306 and the median income for a family was $88,934. As of 2007, these figures had risen to $83,732 and $104,750. [41]

In May 2010, the county had the lowest unemployment rate in California. [42] According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, however, in July 2010, Marin's unemployment rate rose to 8.3%. [43]

Government and infrastructure

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San Quentin State Prison

San Quentin State Prison of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is in the county. San Quentin houses the male death row and the execution chamber of California. [44]


In the United States House of Representatives, Marin County is in California's 2nd congressional district , represented by Democrat Jared Huffman. [45] From 2008 to 2012, Huffman represented Marin County in the California State Assembly.

In the California State Legislature, Marin County is in:

Voter registration statistics

Cities by population and voter registration


For most of the 20th century, Marin County was a Republican stronghold in presidential elections. From 1880 until 1984, the only Democrats to win there were Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson. However, the brand of Republicanism prevailing in Marin County was historically a moderate one. Like most of the historically Republican suburbs of the Bay Area, it became friendlier to Democrats as the demographics of the area changed and the national party embraced social and religious conservatism. In 1984, it very narrowly voted for Walter Mondale and has supported the Democratic candidate in every presidential election since then. Since 1988, it has become solidly Democratic. Out of California counties, only San Francisco County voted more Democratic in the 2020 Presidential election.

Presidential election results
Marin County vote
by party in presidential elections
Year GOP DEM Others
2020 15.8% 24,61282.3%128,2881.9% 2,930
2016 15.5% 21,77177.3%108,7077.3% 10,205
2012 22.9% 30,88074.1%99,8962.9% 3,955
2008 20.2% 28,38477.8%109,3202.0% 2,866
2004 25.4% 34,37873.2%99,0701.4% 1,877
2000 28.3% 34,87264.3%79,1357.4% 9,148
1996 28.2% 32,71458.0%67,40613.8% 16,020
1992 23.3% 30,47958.3%76,15818.4% 24,070
1988 39.7% 46,85558.9%69,3941.4% 1,671
1984 49.0% 56,88749.6%57,5331.4% 1,630
1980 45.8%49,67836.2% 39,23118.1% 19,598
1976 52.5%53,42542.9% 43,5904.6% 4,700
1972 52.1%54,12345.6% 47,4142.3% 2,346
1968 50.1%41,42243.8% 36,2786.1% 5,055
1964 38.1% 28,68261.7%46,4620.3% 220
1960 57.3%37,62042.5% 27,8880.2% 157
1956 65.9%33,79233.8% 17,3010.3% 151
1952 67.1%31,17831.9% 14,8241.0% 475
1948 57.1%18,74738.2% 12,5404.8% 1,568
1944 47.7% 13,30452.0%14,5160.3% 76
1940 48.5% 10,97450.2%11,3651.3% 301
1936 33.4% 6,21165.4%12,1521.1% 209
1932 38.1% 6,48057.5%9,7644.4% 752
1928 57.4%7,86241.5% 5,6861.0% 140
1924 53.5%5,7806.1% 65640.4% 4,364
1920 68.8%5,37521.6% 1,6889.6% 750
1916 50.1%4,32843.8% 3,7896.1% 530
1912 0.0% 044.5%2,84955.5% 3,551
1908 68.3%2,73224.6% 9837.2% 288
1904 70.7%2,19924.8% 7724.5% 139
1900 63.6%1,68134.2% 9042.2% 59
1896 61.4%1,44837.1% 8741.5% 36
1892 53.6%1,18642.9% 9493.5% 78
1888 52.7%93645.2% 8022.0% 36
1884 53.6%85145.8% 7270.5% 9
1880 56.5%76141.7% 5611.7% 23

Marin has voted for many gubernatorial candidates who went on to become high-profile national figures, including Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Jerry Brown, and Dianne Feinstein.

On November 4, 2008, the citizens of Marin County voted strongly against Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment which eliminated the right of same-sex couples to marry, by a 75.1 percent to 24.9 percent margin. The official tally was 103,341 against and 34,324 in favor. [49] Only San Francisco County voted against the measure by a wider margin (75.2% against). [50]

According to the California Secretary of State, as of February 10, 2019, Marin County has 161,870 registered voters. Of those, 89,526 (55.31%) are registered Democrats, 23,380 (14.44%) are registered Republicans, 7,020 (4.35%) are registered with other political parties, and 41,908 (25.89%) have declined to state a political party. [51] Democrats hold wide voter-registration majorities in all political subdivisions in Marin County. Democrats' largest registration advantage in Marin is in the town of Fairfax, wherein there are only 344 Republicans (6.1%) out of 5,678 total voters compared to 3,758 Democrats (66.2%) and 1,276 voters who have declined to state a political party (22.5%).

The last time Marin elected a Republican to represent them in the United States House of Representatives was William S. Mailliard in 1972. The last competitive race for the U.S. House of Representatives in Marin was in 1982 when Barbara Boxer was first elected. The longest serving representative of Marin in congress was Clarence F. Lea who served in the House from 1917 to 1949.[ citation needed ]

Due to the rapidly expanding nature of California's population, Marin's congressional district has changed numerous times over the decades. The county has been part of the 2nd congressional district of California since 2012; the only other time it was part of the 2nd district was 1902–12. It has also been part of the 1st (1894–1902 and 1912–66), 3rd (1864–94), 5th (1974–82), and the 6th (1972–74 and 1982–2012). The only time the county has not been in a single congressional district was between 1966 and 1972, when it was divided between the northern half in the 1st district and the southern half in the 6th district.[ citation needed ]

"Marin County hot-tubber"

In 2002, former U.S. President George H.W. Bush denounced convicted American Taliban associate John Walker Lindh as "some misguided Marin County hot-tubber," as a reference to the county's liberal, "hippie" political culture, mispronouncing "Marin" as he did so. Outraged by the label, some local residents wrote scathing letters to the Marin Independent Journal , complaining of Bush's remarks. In response, Bush wrote a letter to readers in the same newspaper, admitting regret and promising to not use the phrases Marin County and hot tub "in the same sentence again." [52]


Bicentennial Campground within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area surrounding the San Francisco Bay area Bicentennial in San Francisco.JPG
Bicentennial Campground within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area surrounding the San Francisco Bay area

Major highways

Public transportation

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San Rafael Transit Center, a hub for Marin Transit buses

Golden Gate Transit provides service primarily along the U.S. 101 corridor, serving cities in Marin County, as well as San Francisco and Sonoma County. Service is also provided to Contra Costa County via the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. Ferries to San Francisco operate from Larkspur, Sausalito and Tiburon. Ferry service from Tiburon is provided by Golden Gate Ferry, Blue and Gold Fleet and by the Angel Island Ferry.

Local bus routes within Marin County are operated by Golden Gate Transit under contract with Marin Transit. Marin Transit also operates the West Marin Stage, serving communities in the western, rural areas of Marin County, the Muir Woods Shuttle, and 6 community shuttle routes.

The Sonoma–Marin Area Rail Transit system, which began service in August 2017, is a commuter rail service and bicycle-pedestrian pathway serving Sonoma and Marin counties. As of 2019 service operates from Sonoma County Airport to six stations in Marin ending near Larkspur Landing. Later phases of construction will extend service further north to Cloverdale in Sonoma County.

The Marin Airporter offers scheduled bus service to and from Marin County and the San Francisco Airport.

Greyhound Lines buses service San Rafael.[ citation needed ]


Marin County Airport or Gnoss Field (ICAO: KDVO) is a general aviation airport operated by the County Department of Public Works. The nearest airports with commercial flights are San Francisco International Airport and Oakland International Airport, as well as Charles M. Schulz - Sonoma County Airport north of Marin County.


Marin County Free Library is the county library system. It is headquartered in San Rafael. [53] In addition, the Belvedere-Tiburon Library is in Tiburon.

College of Marin, established in 1926, includes two campuses. The Kentfield Campus is in Central Marin; the Indian Valley Campus is in North Marin. The college offers more than 40 degree programs leading to an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree and over 20 Certificates of Achievement with various specialties. The College serves approximately 9,000 students each term. Approximately 5,700 students enroll in COM's credit program. About 1,300 students enroll in English as a Second Language classes. Approximately 1,900 enroll in community education classes. The College employs about 300 permanent staff and faculty and many part-time employees.

Marin is also home to Dominican University of California, in San Rafael. Founded as a women's college in 1890 by the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, it became the first Catholic institution in California to offer bachelor's degrees to women. The college became fully coeducational in 1971, and in 2000 became an independent liberal-arts university, changing from its original name of Dominican College of San Rafael. [54] There are about 1,400 undergraduate and 500 graduate students. [55]



As of 2011, the largest private-sector employers in Marin County were: [56]

  1. Kaiser Permanente (1,803 full-time employees in Marin County)
  2. Marin General Hospital (1,100)
  3. Fireman's Fund Insurance Company (950)
  4. Autodesk (878)
  5. BioMarin Pharmaceutical (871)
  6. Safeway Inc. (841)
  7. Comcast (620)
  8. Macy's (380)
  9. Bradley Real Estate (376)
  10. MHN (350)
  11. Dominican University of California (346)
  12. Wells Fargo (332)
  13. Kentfield Rehabilitation and Specialty Hospital (315)
  14. Community Action Marin (268)
  15. Costco (260)
  16. Brayton Purcell (256)
  17. CVS/pharmacy (232)
  18. Novato Community Hospital (227)
  19. Lucasfilm (220)
  20. FICO (200+)
  21. Mollie Stone's Markets (190)
  22. Guide Dogs for the Blind (189)
  23. W. Bradley Electric (185)
  24. Bank of Marin (178)
  25. Cagwin & Dorward (175)
  26. Ghilotti Bros. (145)
  27. West Bay Builders (133)
  28. Villa Marin (130)

The 2013 gross value of all agricultural production in Marin County was about $84 million; of this, more than $63 million was from the sale of livestock and their products (milk, eggs, wool, etc.). [57] Only 175 acres were planted to grapes. [58]


Marin County receives media from the rest of the Bay Area.

The county also has several media outlets that serve the local community:


Cities and towns

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

Population ranking

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Marin County. [61]

county seat

RankCity/Town/etc.Municipal typePopulation (2010 Census)
1 San Rafael City57,713
2 Novato City51,904
3 Mill Valley City13,903
4 San Anselmo Town12,336
5 Larkspur City11,926
6 Tamalpais-Homestead Valley CDP10,735
7 Corte Madera Town9,253
8 Tiburon Town8,962
9 Fairfax Town7,441
10 Sausalito City7,061
11 Kentfield CDP6,485
12 Lucas Valley-Marinwood CDP6,094
13 Strawberry CDP5,393
14 Santa Venetia CDP4,292
15 Marin City CDP2,666
16 Ross Town2,415
17 Sleepy Hollow CDP2,384
18 Belvedere City2,068
19 Lagunitas-Forest Knolls CDP1,819
20 Bolinas CDP1,620
21 Woodacre CDP1,348
22 Black Point-Green Point CDP1,306
23 Inverness CDP1,304
24 Point Reyes Station CDP848
25 Alto CDP711
26 Stinson Beach CDP632
27 San Geronimo CDP446
28 Muir Beach CDP310
29 Dillon Beach CDP283
30 Tomales CDP204
31 Nicasio CDP96

The song "Moon Over Marin" by hardcore punk band Dead Kennedys satirically depicts the pollution in Marin County.[ non-primary source needed ]

See also


  1. Other = Some other race + Two or more races
  2. Native American = Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander + American Indian or Alaska Native
  3. 1 2 Percentage of registered voters with respect to total population. Percentages of party members with respect to registered voters follow.

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Belvedere is a residential incorporated city located on the San Francisco Bay in Marin County, California, United States. Consisting of two islands and a lagoon, it is connected to the Tiburon Peninsula by two causeways. At the 2010 census, the population was 2,068. The per-capita income of Belvedere residents in the year 2000 was $250,000, but currently the average income is $283,000., making it one of the highest-income cities in California and the eighth highest-income community in the United States. Belvedere and Tiburon share a post office and the 94920 zip code.

San Rafael, California City in California, United States

San Rafael is a city and the county seat of Marin County, California, United States. The city is located in the North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. As of the 2010 U.S. Census the city's population was 57,713.

Tiburon, California Town in California in the United States

Tiburon is an incorporated town in Marin County, California. It is located on the Tiburon Peninsula, which reaches south into the San Francisco Bay. The smaller city of Belvedere occupies the south-west part of the peninsula and is contiguous with Tiburon. Tiburon is bordered by Corte Madera to the north and Mill Valley to the west, but is otherwise mostly surrounded by the Bay. Besides Belvedere and Tiburon, much of the peninsula is unincorporated, including portions of the north side and the communities of Strawberry and Paradise Cay.

Muir Woods National Monument

Muir Woods National Monument is a United States National Monument managed by the National Park Service, named after naturalist John Muir. It is located on Mount Tamalpais near the Pacific coast, in southwestern Marin County, California. It is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and is 12 miles (19 km) north of San Francisco. It protects 554 acres (224 ha), of which 240 acres (97 ha) are old growth coast redwood forests, one of a few such stands remaining in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Coast Miwok Tribe of Native American people

Coast Miwok are an indigenous people that was the second-largest group of Miwok people. Coast Miwok inhabited the general area of modern Marin County and southern Sonoma County in Northern California, from the Golden Gate north to Duncans Point and eastward to Sonoma Creek. Coast Miwok included the Bodega Bay Miwok, from authenticated Miwok villages around Bodega Bay, and the Marin Miwok.

North Bay (San Francisco Bay Area) Subregion of the San Francisco Bay Area in California, United States

The North Bay is a subregion of the San Francisco Bay Area, in California, United States. The largest city is Santa Rosa, which is the fifth-largest city in the Bay Area. It is the location of the Napa and Sonoma wine regions, and is the least populous and least urbanized part of the Bay Area. It consists of Marin, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties.

Lagunitas Creek Stream in California, United States

Lagunitas Creek is a 24 miles (39 km)-long northward-flowing stream in Marin County, California. It is critically important to the largest spawning runs of endangered coho salmon in the Central California Coast Coho salmon Evolutionary Significant Unit. The stream's headwaters begin on the northern slopes of Mt. Tamalpais in the Coast Range and terminate in southeast Tomales Bay, 1.5 miles (2.4 km) northwest of Point Reyes Station, California. Lagunitas Creek feeds several reservoirs on Mt. Tamalpais that supply a major portion of the county's drinking water.

North Coast (California) Region of California in the United States

The North Coast of California is the region in Northern California that lies on the Pacific coast between San Francisco Bay and the Oregon border. The area is named after the dense redwood forests throughout the region. It commonly includes Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte counties and sometimes includes two counties from the San Francisco Bay area, Marin and Sonoma.

Russian River (California) River in California

The Russian River is a southward-flowing river that drains 1,485 sq mi (3,850 km2) of Sonoma and Mendocino counties in Northern California. With an annual average discharge of approximately 1,600,000 acre feet (2.0 km3), it is the second-largest river flowing through the nine-county Greater San Francisco Bay Area, with a mainstem 110 mi (180 km) long.

Redwood Creek (Marin County)

Redwood Creek is a mostly perennial stream in Marin County, California. 4.7 miles (7.6 km) long, it drains a 7-square-mile (18 km2) watershed which includes the Muir Woods National Monument, and reaches the Pacific Ocean north of the Golden Gate at Muir Beach.

Arroyo Corte Madera del Presidio

Arroyo Corte Madera del Presidio is a 4.1-mile-long (6.6 km) year-round stream in southern Marin County, California, United States. This watercourse is also known as Corte Madera Creek, although the actual stream of that name flows into San Francisco Bay further north at Point San Quentin. This watercourse has a catchment basin of about 8 square miles (21 km2) and drains the south-eastern slopes of Mount Tamalpais and much of the area in and around the town of Mill Valley; this stream discharges to Richardson Bay.

San Geronimo Creek is a stream in Marin County, California, United States, which feeds into Lagunitas Creek below Kent Lake.

Nicasio Creek

Nicasio Creek is an 11.9-mile-long (19.2 km) stream in Marin County, California, United States and is the primary tributary of Lagunitas Creek, which flows, in turn, into Tomales Bay, and the Pacific Ocean. The Nicasio Reservoir, formed in 1961 by Seeger Dam, is located on this stream.

San Gregorio Creek

San Gregorio Creek is a river in San Mateo County, California. Its tributaries originate on the western ridges of the Santa Cruz Mountains whence it courses southwest through steep forested canyons. The San Gregorio Creek mainstem begins at the confluence of Alpine and La Honda Creeks, whence it flows 12 miles (19 km) through rolling grasslands and pasturelands until it meets the Pacific Ocean at San Gregorio State Beach. It traverses the small unincorporated communities of La Honda, San Gregorio, Redwood Terrace and Sky Londa.

Walker Creek (Marin County, California)

Walker Creek is a northwest-flowing stream in western Marin County, California, United States. It originates at the confluence of Salmon Creek and Arroyo Sausal and empties into Tomales Bay south of Dillon Beach, California.

San Francisco Bay Area Conurbation in California, United States

The San Francisco Bay Area, popularly referred to as the Bay Area or simply the Bay, is a populous region surrounding the San Francisco, San Pablo, and Suisun Bay estuaries in Northern California. Although the exact boundaries of the region are variously defined, the Bay Area is defined by the Association of Bay Area Governments to include the nine counties that border the aforementioned estuaries: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma, and San Francisco. Other definitions may exclude parts of or even entire counties, or expand the boundaries to include neighboring counties that do not border the bay such as Santa Cruz and San Benito or San Joaquin.

Chileno Creek

Chileno Creek is a stream in western Marin County, California, United States. It originates west of Petaluma, California at 220-acre Laguna Lake which straddles Marin and Sonoma Counties, from which it flows west 6.25 kilometres (3.88 mi) before joining Walker Creek, a tributary of Tomales Bay.


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