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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. Official website: http://www. ... The San Francisco peninsula separates the San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean. ... Daly City, known as the “Gateway to the Peninsula”, is located in San Mateo County, California, United States, directly south of San Francisco, California. ... South San Francisco is a city located in San Mateo County, California. ...


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). The relocation of cemeteries from San Francisco to Colma is the subject of A Second Final Rest: The History of San Francisco's Lost Cemeteries, (2005) a documentary by Trina Lopez. 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 page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... 1900 (MCM) was an exceptional common year starting on Monday. ... 1912 (MCMXII) was a leap year starting on Monday in the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday in the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Nickname: The Big Apple Official website: City of New York Government Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Geographical characteristics Area Total 468. ... The Borough of Manhattan, highlighted in yellow, lies between the East River and the Hudson River. ... Trinity Church Close-up of Trinity Church Trinity Church, at the corner of Broadway and Wall Street in New York City, viewed from the World Trade Center A glimpse of New York from Trinity Church steeple. ... 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. ... For the movie, see 1941 (film) 1941 (MCMXLI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1941 calendar). ...


Famous Eternal Residents


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. ...


Newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst is buried at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park; as are business magnate William Henry Crocker; Charles De Young, founder of the San Francisco Chronicle; horticulturist John McLaren; and jazz musician and bandleader Turk Murphy. A business magnate, sometimes referred to as a mogul or a tycoon, is a person who controls a large portion of a particular industry and whose wealth derives primarily from said control. ... William Randolph Hearst William Randolph Hearst (April 29, 1863 – August 14, 1951) was an American newspaper magnate, born in San Francisco, California. ... The San Francisco Chronicle, the self-described Voice of the West, is Northern Californias largest newspaper. ...


Wyatt Earp is buried at the Hills of Eternity Cemetery in Colma next to his lover of more than forty years, Josephine Marcus. Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp (March 19, 1848–January 13, 1929), was a Teamster, sometime buffalo hunter, officer of the law, gambler, and saloon-keeper in the Wild West and the U.S. mining frontier from California to Alaska. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Joe DiMaggio, the famous baseball player once married to actress Marilyn Monroe, is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery; as are San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto; Bank of America founder A.P. Giannini; and Senator James D. Phelan. It has been suggested that Joe DiMaggio, Jr be merged into this article or section. ... Baseball is a team sport in which a player on one team (the pitcher) attempts to throw a hard, fist-sized ball past a player on the other team (the batter), who attempts to hit the baseball with a tapered, smooth, cylindrical stick called a bat. ... Marilyn Monroe Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortensen, June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) is arguably the twentieth-centurys most famous movie star, sex symbol and pop icon. ... Holy Cross Cemetery is located at 5835 W. Slauson Avenue in Culver City, California. ... Joseph Lawrence Alioto (b. ... Amadeo Peter Giannini (1870-1949), born in San Jose, California, was the founder of the Bank of America. ... James D. Phelan James Duval Phelan (April 20, 1861–August 7, 1930) was an American politician and banker. ...

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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)GR1. Image File history File links Adapted from Wikipedias CA county maps by Bumm13. ... 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. ... A square mile is an Imperial unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (5,280 feet, 1,760 yards, 1,609. ...


The towns 17 cemeteries comprise approximately 73% of the town's land area.


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 1,191 people, 329 households, and 245 families residing in the town. The population density was 240.8/km² (624.6/mi²). There were 342 housing units at an average density of 69.1/km² (179.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 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 were 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). ... 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. ... 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 were 329 households out of which 36.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.1% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.5% were non-families. 17.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.47 and the average family size was 3.92. The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ...


In the town the population was 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 were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 87.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.9 males.


The median income for a household in the town was $58,750, and the median income for a family was $60,556. Males had a median income of $32,059 versus $29,934 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,241. 5.2% of the population and 3.4% of families were below the poverty line. 4.8% of those under the age of 18 and 3.7% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population living in poverty 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...

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Incorporated places of San Mateo County, California
Seal of San Mateo County
County seat Redwood City
Population over 100,000 Daly City
Population less than 100,000 Atherton | Belmont | Brisbane | Burlingame | Colma | East Palo Alto | Foster City | Half Moon Bay | Hillsborough | Menlo Park | Millbrae | Pacifica | Portola Valley | Redwood City | San Bruno | San Carlos | San Mateo | South San Francisco | Woodside

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Colma, California - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (702 words)
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.
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.
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.
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