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Colma is a small town in San Mateo County, California, at the northern end of the San Francisco Peninsula next to Daly City and South San Francisco. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 1,191. San Mateo County is a county located in the San Francisco Bay Area. ... The San Francisco peninsula separates the San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean. ... Daly City is a city located in San Mateo County, California, United States. ... South San Francisco is a city located in San Mateo County, California. ... 2000 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Much of the land of Colma is dedicated to cemetery usage. With 17 cemeteries for the interment of human beings and one for pets, the dead population outnumber the living by tens of thousands to one. This has led to it being called "the city of the silent", and also led to a more humorous motto among some residents: "It's great to be alive in Colma". Colma became the location of a large number of cemeteries when San Francisco, the town's powerful neighbor to the north, passed an ordinance in 1900 outlawing the construction of any more cemeteries in the city (mainly because of increased property values making the cost of using land for cemeteries prohibitive), and then passed another ordinance in 1912 evicting all existing cemeteries from city limits. (A similar scenario prevails in New York City's borough of Manhattan, where only one active cemetery still exists — the Trinity Church Cemetery and Crematory, at the intersection of 155th Street and Broadway, on the northwestern edge of Harlem). Graves at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York A cemetery is a place (usually an enclosed area of land) in which dead bodies are buried. ... This article is about the city in California. ... 1900 is a common year starting on Monday. ... 1912 is a leap year starting on Monday. ... Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the state of New York and the entire United States. ... Manhattan is an island bordering the lower Hudson River. ... This article is about the Harlem neighborhood in New York City. ...


Colma was briefly called Lawndale, but because another city with the name Lawndale, California already existed, the town changed its name back to Colma in 1941. Lawndale is a city located in Los Angeles County, California. ... 1941 was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ...


Colma also has the unique privilege to contain the final resting place of Norton I, Emperor of the United States, and Protector of Mexico in Woodlawn Cemetery. Joshua A. Norton Joshua Abraham Norton (January 17, 1811 - January 8, 1880), also known as His Imperial Majesty Emperor Norton I, was a celebrated citizen of San Francisco who famously proclaimed himself Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico in 1859. ...

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Geography

Location of Colma, California

Colma is located at 37°40'44" North, 122°27'20" West (37.678780, -122.455513)1. Shortcut: {{GR|#}} {{Cite:GR|#}} The following is a list of sources used in the creation of Wikipedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.9 km² (1.9 mi²). 4.9 km² (1.9 mi²) of it is land and none of it is covered by water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... This article is about the unit of measure. ...


Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 1,191 people, 329 households, and 245 families residing in the town. The population density is 240.8/km² (624.6/mi²). There are 342 housing units at an average density of 69.1/km² (179.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 48.36% White, 1.43% African American, 0.00% Native American, 23.68% Asian, 0.25% Pacific Islander, 19.48% from other races, and 6.80% from two or more races. 43.91% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... Shortcut: {{GR|#}} {{Cite:GR|#}} The following is a list of sources used in the creation of Wikipedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ... 2000 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There are 329 households out of which 36.2% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.1% are married couples living together, 11.9% have a female householder with no husband present, and 25.5% are non-families. 17.3% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.0% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 3.47 and the average family size is 3.92. Marriage is a relationship and bond, most commonly between a man and a woman, that plays a key role in the definition of many families. ...


In the town the population is spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 31.7% from 25 to 44, 19.1% from 45 to 64, and 15.5% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 37 years. For every 100 females there are 87.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 86.9 males.


The median income for a household in the town is $58,750, and the median income for a family is $60,556. Males have a median income of $32,059 versus $29,934 for females. The per capita income for the town is $20,241. 5.2% of the population and 3.4% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 4.8% of those under the age of 18 and 3.7% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line. The per capita income for an area may be defined as the total personal income in an area, divided by the number of people in that area. ... The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


See also

Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, established by Hamden Holmes Noble in 1892, is a cemetery located in Colma, California, a place known as the City of the Silent. It is the final resting site for several members of the celebrated Hearst family plus other prominent citizens from the San Francisco area...

External links

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    • Topographic map from Topozone (http://www.topozone.com/map.asp?lat=37.67878&lon=-122.455513&s=200&size=m&layer=DRG100&datum=nad83)
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