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Encyclopedia > Marin County, California
Marin County, California
Seal of Marin County, California
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Map of California highlighting Marin County
Location in the state of California
Map of the USA highlighting California
California's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded February 18, 1850
Seat San Rafael
Largest City San Rafael
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

828 sq mi (2,145 km²)
520 sq mi (1,346 km²)
308 sq mi (799 km²), 37.24
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

247,289
476/sq mi (184/km²)
Time zone Pacific: UTC-8/-7
Website: www.co.marin.ca.us

Marin County (pronounced "muh-RIN") is a county located in the North San Francisco Bay Area of the U.S. state of California, across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. As of 2000, the population was 247,289. The county seat is San Rafael. Marin County is renowned for its natural beauty, liberal politics and affluence. According to the 2000 Census, Marin County has the highest per capita income in the country at $44,962. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 1082 KB) Coastline, Marin County, California Created by Kglavin 30 Jan 2005 File links The following pages link to this file: Marin County, California Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Image File history File links Map_of_USA_CA.svg‎ File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): California ... is the 49th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the game, see: 1850 (board game) 1850 (MDCCCL) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Sunday [1] of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... San Rafael (IPA: ; originally IPA: ), is the county seat of Marin County, California, United States. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ... 2000 US Census logo The Twenty-Second United States Census, known as Census 2000 and conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ... Population density by country, 2006 Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. ... A time zone is a region of the Earth that has adopted the same standard time, usually referred to as the local time. ... PST is UTC-8, highlighted in red. ... Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) is a high-precision atomic time standard. ... Though DST is common in Europe and North America, most of the worlds people do not use it. ... A county is generally a sub-unit of regional self-government within a sovereign jurisdiction. ... USGS satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay Area. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      A U.S. state is any one of the fifty subnational entities of the... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the opening into the San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean. ... “San Francisco” redirects here. ... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... San Rafael (IPA: ; originally IPA: ), is the county seat of Marin County, California, United States. ... Traditionally speaking, Marin County, California, Fairfield County, Connecticut, Westchester County, New York, and Fairfax County, Virginia are considered to be the highest income counties in the US, however none of the last three rank first by per capita or median household income. ... 2000 US Census logo The Twenty-Second United States Census, known as Census 2000 and conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ... April 2007 There are 3,142 counties in the United States. ...


San Quentin Prison is located in the county, as is Skywalker Ranch. The largest employer in Marin is Fireman's Fund Insurance Company, headquartered in Novato. Autodesk, the publisher of AutoCAD, is located there, as are numerous other high-tech companies. The headquarters of film and media company Lucasfilm Ltd., previously based in San Rafael, have moved to the Presidio of San Francisco. United States Senator Barbara Boxer is from Marin. Categories: Buildings and structures stubs | US geography stubs | Prisons in California ... A county is generally a sub-unit of regional self-government within a sovereign jurisdiction. ... Skywalker Ranch is the name of the well-disguised workplace of film director and producer George Lucas in secluded but open country near Nicasio, California. ... Firemans Fund, is a Novato CA based insurance company owned by Allianz AG (Germany). ... Autodesk, Inc. ... AutoCAD is a suite of CAD software products for 2- and 3-dimensional design and drafting, developed and sold by Autodesk, Inc. ... Lucasfilm Ltd. ... The Parade Grounds at the Presidio of San Francisco. ... The United States Senate is the upper house of the U.S. Congress, smaller than the United States House of Representatives. ... Barbara Levy Boxer (born November 11, 1940) is an American politician and the current junior U.S. Senator from the State of California. ...


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. Marin County Civic Center, the only public building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is located in San Rafael, California. ... Frank Lloyd Wright (June 8, 1867 – April 9, 1959) was one of the worlds most prominent and influential architects. ... A masonry arch 1. ... Looking up inside the 32-story atrium of the Shanghai Grand Hyatt, part of the Jin Mao Building. ...


America's oldest cross country race, the Dipsea Race takes place annually in Marin County, attracting thousands of athletes. The progressive organic dairy Straus Family Creameries, based in Marin, was the first certified organic dairy west of the Mississippi. The Minnesota State Highschool Cross Country Meet A cross country race in Seaside, Oregon. ... The Dipsea Race is the oldest cross country running event, and the second oldest foot race, in America. ... A Holstein cow at pasture Straus Family Creamery is a successful, innovative, and progressive small family run organic dairy in the western United States. ...


Marin County's many beautiful natural sites include the famous Muir Woods redwood forest, the Marin Headlands, Stinson Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore, and Mount Tamalpais, the birthplace of mountain biking. “Natural” redirects here. ... Muir Woods National Monument is a unit of the National Park Service in Marin County, California, 12 miles (19 km) north of San Francisco. ... Binomial name Sequoia sempervirens (D. Don) Endl. ... Temperate rainforest on Northern Slopes of the Alborz mountain ranges, Iran A dense growth of softwoods (a conifer forest) in the Sierra Nevada Range of Northern California A deciduous broadleaf (Beech) forest in Slovenia. ... View to the northwest, towards the Marin headlands The Golden Gate Bridge in morning fog, viewed from the north, just below and east of the headlands. ... Stinson Beach Stinson Beach is a census-designated place located in Marin County, California. ... McClures Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore, looking south on an overcast winters afternoon Point Reyes National Seashore is 70,000 acre (283 km²) park preserve located on the Point Reyes Peninsula in Marin county, California, USA. As a national seashore, it is maintained by the US National Park... Mount Tamalpais (Mount Tam) is a peak in Marin County, California, USA. It is a popular hiking destination for residents of the San Francisco Bay Area, home to the Edgewood Botanic Garden, and often considered symbolic of Marin County. ... Mountain biker riding in the Arizona desert. ...

Contents

History

Marin County is one of the original 27 counties of California, created February 18, 1850, following adoption of the Constitution of 1849 and just months before the state was admitted to the Union.[1] is the 49th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the game, see: 1850 (board game) 1850 (MDCCCL) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Sunday [1] of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ...


The origin of the county's name is not clear. One version is the county was named for Chief Marin, of the Coast Miwok, Licatiut tribe of Native Americans who inhabited that section and waged fierce battle against the early Spanish military explorers. The other version is that the bay between San Pedro and San Quentin points was named Bahía de Nuestra Señora del Rosario la Marinera in 1775, and it is quite possible that Marin is simply an abbreviation of this name. Bodega Bay as viewed from present-day Dillon Beach, was ancient homeland of the Coastal Miwok. ... Native Americans in the United States are the indigenous peoples from the regions of North America now encompassed by the continental United States, including parts of Alaska. ... San Pedro is the Spanish language form of Saint Peter. ... Categories: Buildings and structures stubs | US geography stubs | Prisons in California ... Year 1775 (MDCCLXXV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the 11-day slower Julian calendar). ...


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 English explorer and privateer, Sir 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 later declared a hoax. Sir Francis Drake, c. ... This article is about the area claimed by Francis Drake. ... The so-called Drakes Plate of Brass. ...


In 1595 Sebastian Cermeno lost his ship, the San Agustin, while exploring the Marin Coast. The Spanish explorer Viscaino landed about twenty years after Drake in what is now called Drake's Bay. However the first Spanish settlement in Marin was not established until 1817 when Mission San Rafael Archangel was founded partly in response to the Russian-built Fort Ross to the north in what is now Sonoma county. Drakes Bay Drakes Bay is a small bay on the coast of northern California in the United States, approximately 30 miles (48 km) northwest of San Francisco at approximately 38 deg N latitude. ... Sonoma County is on the northwest coast of California, one of the northernmost parts of the greater San Francisco Bay Area, USA. Its population at the 2000 census was 458,614. ...


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 Dec. 14, 1817, four years before Mexico gained independence from Spain. The reconstructed capilla (chapel) at Mission San Rafael Arcángel on a rainy day in December, 2004. ... San Rafael (IPA: ; originally IPA: ), is the county seat of Marin County, California, United States. ... Alta California (Upper California) was formed in 1804 when the province of California, then a part of the Spanish colony of New Spain, was divided in two along the line separating the Franciscan missions in the north from the Dominican missions in the south. ... Mission San José de Guadalupe Mission San José de Guadalupe was founded on June 11, 1797 by Father Fermin Lasuen, the fourteenth mission in the California mission chain. ... Mission San Francisco de Asís is the oldest surviving structure in San Franciso and the sixth religious settlement established as part of the California chain of missions. ... Father Mariano Payéras (October 10, 1769 – April 28, 1823) was a Spanish missionary to the Americas. ...


Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,145 km² (828 mi²). 1,346 km² (520 mi²) of it is land and 799 km² (308 mi²) of it (37.24%) is water. According to the records at the County Assessor-Recoder's Office, as of June 2006, Marin had 91,065 acres (369 km²) of taxable land, comprised of 79,086 parcels with a total tax basis of $39.8 billion. These parcels are divided into the following classifications: The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...

Parcel Type Tax ID Quantity Value
Vacant 10 6,900 $508.17 million
Single Family Residential 11 61,264 $30,137.02 million
Mobile Home 12 210 $7.62 million
House Boat 13 379 $61.83 million
Multi Family Residential 14 1,316 $3,973.51 million
Industrial Unimproved 40 113 $12.24 million
Industrial Improved 41 562 $482.83 million
Commercial Unimproved 50 431 $97.89 million
Commercial Improved 51 7,911 $4,519.64 million
The view of the Golden Gate Bridge from the Marin Headlands. A VR panorama image is available here.
The view of the Golden Gate Bridge from the Marin Headlands. A VR panorama image is available here.

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. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1314x876, 198 KB) Other versions A VR panorama image is available here. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1314x876, 198 KB) Other versions A VR panorama image is available here. ... San Pablo Bay is a shallow tidal estuary that forms the northern extension of San Francisco Bay in northern California in the United States. ... San Francisco Bay, San Pablo Bay, and the Golden Gate San Francisco Bay is a shallow, productive estuary through which water draining approximately forty percent of California, flowing in the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers from the Sierra Nevada mountains, enters the Pacific Ocean. ... The Golden Gate The Golden Gate, looking south towards San Francisco. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Sonoma County is on the northwest coast of California, one of the northernmost parts of the greater San Francisco Bay Area, USA. Its population at the 2000 census was 458,614. ...


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 California State Route 1 runs alongside the California coast, contains many small unincorporated communities dependent on agriculture and tourism for their economies.
Sausalito is a city in the San Francisco Bay Area situated in Marin County, California, United States. ... A View of Downtown Tiburon, near the Ferry Docks. ... Corte Madera is a town in Marin County, California, United States. ... San Rafael (IPA: ; originally IPA: ), is the county seat of Marin County, California, United States. ... State Route 1, often called Highway 1, is a state highway that runs along a large length of the Pacific coast of the U.S. State of California. ...


Transportation Infrastructure

State and interstate highways

Image File history File links Interstate_580. ... Interstate 580 (abbreviated I-580) is an interstate highway in Northern California. ... Image File history File links US_101_(CA). ... U.S. Highway 101, or U.S. Route 101 (often just U.S. 101), is a north-south highway that is aligned along the Pacific West Coast of the United States. ... Image File history File links California_1. ... State Route 1, often called Highway 1, is a state highway that runs along a large length of the Pacific coast of the U.S. State of California. ... Image File history File links California_37. ... JUNCTION POSTMILE SR-251 MRN 0. ... Image File history File links California_131. ... JUNCTION MILE POST US-101 MRN 0. ...

Scenic roads

  • Conzelman Road, Marin Headlands
  • Dillon Beach Road
  • Paradise Drive
  • Crown Road
  • Tomales Petaluma Road
  • Chileno Valley Road: Connects Marshall Petaluma Road to Tomales Petaluma Road
  • Marshall Petaluma Road
  • Hicks Valley Road: Connects Marshall Petaluma Road to Point Reyes Petaluma Road
  • Point Reyes Petaluma Road
  • Novato Boulevard: Novato to Point Reyes Petaluma Road
  • Sir Francis Drake Blvd: Point Reyes Lighthouse to California Park
  • Bolinas Fairfax Road: Connects Sir Francis Drake Blvd to California State Route 1 (also a scenic road) at Bolinas
  • Bolinas Ridge Road: Connects Bolinas Fairfax Road to Panoramic Highway and Muir Woods Road
  • Lucas Valley Road and Nicasio Valley Road: Connect 101 with Point Reyes Petaluma Road
  • Point/North San Pedro Road: Connects Santa Venetia and Peacock Gap neighborhoods via China Camp State Park

View to the northwest, towards the Marin headlands The Golden Gate Bridge in morning fog, viewed from the north, just below and east of the headlands. ... Dillon Beach is a census-designated place (CDP) in Marin County, California, United States. ... Tomales, CA looking toward the southwest Tomales is a census-designated place (CDP) in Marin County, California, United States. ... Petaluma is a city located in Sonoma County, California. ... Point Reyes Point Reyes is a prominent cape on the Pacific coast of northern California in the United States. ... Bolinas is a census-designated place located in Marin County, California in the San Francisco Bay Area. ... State Route 1, often called Highway 1, is a state highway that runs along a large length of the Pacific coast of the U.S. State of California. ... Muir Woods National Monument is a unit of the National Park Service in Marin County, California, 12 miles (19 km) north of San Francisco. ... Santa Venetia is a census-designated place located in Marin County, California. ... China Camp State Park is a state park located in in San Rafael, California on the north eastern shore of Point San Pedro. ...

Public Transportation

Golden Gate Transit provides service primarily along the US 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 and Sausalito. Ferry service from Tiburon is provided by Blue and Gold Fleet and by the Angel Island Ferry. Golden Gate Transit is a public transportation system in the San Francisco Bay Area in California, United States. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Sonoma County is on the northwest coast of California, one of the northernmost parts of the greater San Francisco Bay Area, USA. Its population at the 2000 census was 458,614. ... Contra Costa County is a suburban county in Californias San Francisco Bay Area. ... The Richmond-San Rafael Bridge is the northernmost of the east-west crossings of the San Francisco Bay in California, USA, connecting Richmond on the east to San Rafael on the west end. ... Aerial view of Angel Island. ...


Local bus routes within Marin County are operated by Golden Gate Transit under contract to the Marin County Transit District. MCTD also operates the West Marin Stage, serving communities in the western, rural areas of Marin County.


Greyhound Lines buses service San Rafael. Greyhound Lines is the largest inter-city common carrier of passengers by bus in North America, serving 2,200 destinations in the United States. ...


Airports

Marin County Airport or Gnoss Field (ICAO: KDVO) is a general aviation airport operated by the County Department of Public Works. San Rafael Airport is a private airstrip. 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 Airport or Gnoss Field (IATA: NOT, ICAO: KDVO, FAA LID: DVO), formerly O56, is a public airport located two miles (3. ... Marin County Airport or Gnoss Field (IATA: DVO, ICAO: KDVO), formerly O56, is a public airport located two miles (3. ... San Rafael Airport (FAA code CA35) is a private airstrip in San Rafael, California, USA, north of San Francisco. ... FAA diagram of SFO “SFO” redirects here. ... Oakland International Airport (IATA: OAK, ICAO: KOAK, FAA LID: OAK), also known as Metropolitan Oakland International Airport, is an airport located 4 miles (6 km) south of downtown Oakland in Alameda County, California. ... Charles M. Schulz - Sonoma County Airport (IATA: STS, ICAO: KSTS, FAA LID: STS) is an airport located a few miles northwest of Santa Rosa serving Sonoma County and the surrounding areas of Wine Country in California. ...


Educational Institutions

Elementary/Middle Schools

  • Adeline E. Kent Middle School- Kentfield
  • Bacich Elementary- Kentfield
  • Bayside/MLK Elementary School- Sausalito
  • Bel Aire School- Tiburon
  • Bolinas-Stinson Union School District - Bolinas (4-8) & Stinson Beach (K-3)
  • Coleman Elementary School - San Rafael
  • Del Mar School- Tiburon
  • St. Hilary School- Tiburon
  • Old Mill School- Mill Valley
  • Edna Maguire Elementary School- Mill Valley
  • Marin Horizon School- Mill Valley/Presidio of San Francisco
  • Mill Valley Middle School- Mill Valley
  • Manor School- Fairfax
  • Mount Tamalpais School- Mill Valley
  • Park School- Mill Valley
  • Marin Montessori School- Corte Madera
  • Marin Country Day School- Corte Madera
  • Marin Primary & Middle School- Larkspur
  • Ring Mountain School- Larkspur
  • Bahia Vista Elementary School- San Rafael
  • Davidson Middle School- San Rafael
  • Glenwood Elementary School- San Rafael
  • Miller Creek Middle School- Marinwood/San Rafael
  • Sun Valley Elementary School- San Rafael
  • St. Mark's School - San Rafael
  • St. Raphael's- San Rafael
  • St. Isabella- San Rafael
  • Santa Venetia Valley School- Santa Venetia/San Rafael
  • White Hill Middle School- Fairfax
  • Hamilton Elementary School- Novato
  • Hill Middle School- Novato
  • Loma Verde Elementary School- Novato
  • Lynwood Elementary School- Novato
  • Montessori School Of Novato- Novato
  • North Bay Christian Academy- Novato
  • Olive Elementary School- Novato
  • Our Lady Of Loretto Catholic School- Novato
  • Pleasant Valley Elementary- Novato
  • Rancho Elementary School- Novato
  • Reed School - Tiburon
  • San Jose Middle School- Novato
  • San Ramon Elementary- Novato
  • Sinaloa Middle School- Novato
  • Tomales Elementary School- Tomales
  • Vallecito Elementary School- Terra Linda
  • Wade Thomas Elementary School- San Anselmo
  • West Marin School- Point Reyes Station

Bolinas-Stinson Union School District is a public school district in Marin County, California, with offices in Bolinas, California. ... Old Mill School is one of 5 public elementary schools in Mill Valley, California, along with Park, Tamalpais Valley, Edna Maguire, and Strawberry Point Schools. ... Marin Horizon School is a private school in Mill Valley, California. ... The Montessori method is a methodology for nursery and elementary school education, first developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ...

High Schools

Kentfield/Larkspur:

Mill Valley: Marin Catholic High School is a Roman Catholic college preparatory school located in unincorporated Kentfield in Marin County, California. ... For other Redwood High Schools , see Redwood High School (disambiguation). ...

Novato: Tamalpais High School (nicknamed Tam) is a public secondary school located in Mill Valley, California. ...

Ross: MSAT is a charter school in Marin County, California that has been running for more than three years now. ... Novato High School (NHS) is a high school located in the center of Novato, California in the County of Marin [County ] in the United States and works to serve the diverse needs of our students and the greater community. ... San Marin High School is a high school located in Novato, California. ...

San Anselmo: The Branson School is an independent college preparatory high school in Ross, California. ...

San Rafael: San Domenico School is a K-12 Catholic private school in San Anselmo, California. ... Sir Francis Drake High School is a secondary school located in San Anselmo, California. ...

Sausalito: Marin Academy (familiarly known as MA) is a private college preparatory high school of approximately 400 students situated at 1600 Mission Avenue, San Rafael, California. ... San Rafael is the county seat of Marin County, California, United States. ... San Rafael is the county seat of Marin County, California, United States. ...

Tomales: The Marin School logo The Marin School is a small, private high school located in Sausalito, California. ...

  • Tomales High School

Colleges/Universities

College of Marin is a community college in Kentfield, CA, in Marin County. ... Dominican University is a small liberal arts university in San Rafael, California. ... Please wikify (format) this article as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... San Francisco Theological Seminary is an institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and a member of the Graduate Theological Union, devoted to graduate theological education in the Reformed tradition. ...

Ecology

Marin county is considered in the California Floristic Province, a zone of extremely high biodiversity and endemicism. There are numerous ecosystems present, including coastal strand, oak woodland, chaparral and riparian zones. There are also a considerable number of protected plant and animal species present: fauna include the Northern Red-legged Frog and California freshwater shrimp, while flora include Marin Dwarf Flax, Hesperolinon congestum; Tiburon Jewelflower, Streptanthus niger; and Tiburon Indian paintbrush, Castilleja neglecta. The California Floristic Province is a biodiversity hotspot as defined by UNESCO, located on the West Coast of North America. ... Rainforests are among the most biodiverse ecosystems on earth Biodiversity is the variation of taxonomic life forms within a given ecosystem, biome or for the entire Earth. ... Endemic, in a broad sense, can mean belonging or native to, characteristic of, or prevalent in a particular geography, race, field, area, or environment; Native to an area or scope. ... A coral reef near the Hawaiian islands is an example of a complex marine ecosystem. ... Chaparral is a shrubland plant community found primarily in California, USA, that is shaped by a Mediterranean climate (mild, wet winters and hot dry summers) and wildfire. ... A well preserved Riparian strip on a tributary to Lake Erie. ... Fauna is a collective term for animal life of any particular region or time. ... Binomial name Rana aurora The Northern Red-legged Frog, Rana aurora, is a protected species of amphibian, whose range is the coastal region stretching from Northern California to southwest British Columbia. ... Binomial name Syncaris pacifica Holmes, 1895 Syncaris pacifica is an endangered species of freshwater shrimp in the family Atyidae that occurs only in a limited range within the northern San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA. Specifically this species occurs only in 17 stream segments within Sonoma, Napa and Marin Counties. ... Simplified schematic of an islands flora - all its plant species, highlighted in boxes. ... Binomial name Hesperolinon congestum (A. Gray) Small Hesperolinon congestum, or Marin Dwarf Flax, is an annual herb, which is known to occur only in San Mateo, San Francisco and Marin County, California, USA. This plant occurs chiefly on serpentine soils, especially in dry native bunch grasses, chaparral or other grasslands... Binomial name Streptanthus niger Greene Streptanthus niger is an endangered species within the family Brassicaceae. ... Binomial name Castilleja neglecta (Zeile) Chuang & Heckard Tiburon Indian paintbrush, whose scientific name is Castilleja neglecta or Casteileja affinis spp. ...


A number of watersheds exist in Marin County including Arroyo Corte Madera del Presidio, San Rafael Creek, Pickleweed Creek and Americano Creek. Arroyo Corte Madera del Presidio is an intermittent stream in southern Marin County, California, USA. A 1965 stream survey indicated presence of steelhead up to within 100 feet of the dam. ... San Rafael Creek is a watercourse in Marin County, California, USA that discharges to San Rafael Bay, a small embayment of the San Francisco Bay. ... Looking north across Pickleweed Creek at its mouth with the upper arm of Richardson Bay. ... Americano Creek (Latitude: 38. ...


Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 247,289 people, 100,650 households, and 60,691 families residing in the county. The population density was 184/km² (476/mi²). There were 104,990 housing units at an average density of 78/km² (202/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 84.03% White, 2.89% Black or African American, 0.43% Native American, 4.53% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 4.50% from other races, and 3.47% from two or more races. 11.06% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 80. 8% spoke English, 9.6% Spanish, 1.4% French and 1.1% German as their first language. 1870 US Census for New York City 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 encyclopedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ...


In 2005 76.9% of Marin County's population was non-Hispanic whites. 12.6% of the population was Latino. 5.3% of the population was Asian and 3.1% was African-American.


In 2000 there were 100,650 households out of which 27.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.40% were married couples living together, 8.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.70% were non-families. 29.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.60% 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. “Matrimony” redirects here. ...


In the county the population was spread out with 20.30% under the age of 18, 5.50% from 18 to 24, 31.00% from 25 to 44, 29.70% from 45 to 64, and 13.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 98.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.40 males.


The median income for a household in the county was $71,306, and the median income for a family was $88,934. Males had a median income of $61,282 versus $45,448 for females. The per capita income for the county was $44,962. About 4.70% of families and 9.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.90% of those under age 18 and 2.50% of those age 65 or over. Marin County has the second highest median household income in California behind Santa Clara County. 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 who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ... Santa Clara County is a county located in Californias San Francisco Bay Area. ...


Marin County has the highest per capita income of any county in the United States. This is driven in particular by expensive enclaves in Belvedere, Kentfield, Larkspur, Ross, Tiburon, Mill Valley, Sausalito, San Anselmo and portions of San Rafael and Novato where displays of conspicuous consumption, especially luxury cars, are common. The county has the highest density of BMW cars (locally known as 'Basic Marin Wheels') in the United States, according to dealers in the county [1]. Traditionally speaking, Marin County, California, Fairfield County, Connecticut, Westchester County, New York, and Fairfax County, Virginia are considered to be the highest income counties in the US, however none of the last three rank first by per capita or median household income. ... Belvedere is a wealthy suburb of San Francisco located in Marin County, California. ... Kentfield is a census-designated place located in Marin County, California. ... Larkspur is a city located in Marin County, California. ... Ross is a small town in Marin County, California United States, just north of San Francisco. ... A View of Downtown Tiburon, near the Ferry Docks. ... Mill Valley is a city located in Marin County, California. ... Sausalito is a city located in Marin County, California. ... San Anselmo is a town located in Marin County, California, in the western United States. ... San Rafael (IPA: ; originally IPA: ), is the county seat of Marin County, California, United States. ... Novato is a city located in northern Marin County, California. ... Conspicuous consumption is a term used to describe the lavish spending on goods and services that are acquired mainly for the purpose of displaying income or wealth. ... For other uses, see BMW (disambiguation). ...


The traditionally middle class towns of Corte Madera, Fairfax, Novato and San Rafael (where per capita incomes typically paralleled the California state average as late as 1985) also have experienced especially sharp rises in real estate values, due in part to their proximity to the "prestige" address areas. The county's resistance to urban sprawl and its preservation of open space have also had an upward impact on housing prices by reducing the number of new subdivisions built in the area since 1970. Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ... Urban sprawl (also: suburban sprawl) is the spreading out of a city and its suburbs over rural land at the fringe of an urban area. ... In urban planning, open space is publicly owned land that is preserved from urbanization (paving or building). ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The trend of increased affluence has not held true for two neighborhoods in particular, populated almost exclusively by low-income persons of color: Marin City (which shares a zip code with Sausalito) and the Canal Neighborhood in San Rafael. Government policies have both forbidden property owners from raising rents and have also subsidized housing prices in these neighborhoods for tenants who do not report incomes higher than 200% of the poverty level on their IRS tax return. Marin City has a population of 3,000 and is ethnically diverse with large East Asian, Hispanic, and African American populations. Many families live in public housing apartment buildings. The population in The Canal is largely Hispanic, with many households residing in over-crowded apartment units. San Rafael has asserted to the Federal Government that this population is significantly undercounted by the U.S. Census due to the high percentage of illegal immigrants, depriving the city of tax funds for improved social services. They assert that the 6.6% of the county-wide population listed as below the poverty line is both under-reported, and heavily concentrated in The Canal. A local authority tower block in Cwmbrân, South Wales Public housing or project homes is a form of housing tenure in which the property is owned by a government authority, which may be central or local. ... The U.S. Census is mandated by the United States Constitution. ... Illegal immigration is the act of moving to or settling in another country or region, temporarily or permanently, in violation of the law or without documents permitting an immigrant to settle in that country. ...


Media

Marin county has several media outlets that serve the local community.

Novato is a city located in northern Marin County, California. ...

Notable current and former residents

See notable residents and former residents of Marin County Marin County, California, one of the most affluent counties in the United States, famous personalities associated with it. ...


Presidential elections results

Presidential election results
Year Republican Democratic
2004 25.4% 34,378 73.2% 99,070
2000 28.3% 34,872 64.3% 79,135
1996 28.2% 32,714 58.0% 67,406
1992 23.3% 30,479 58.3% 76,158
1988 39.7% 46,855 58.8% 69,394
1984 49.0% 56,887 49.6% 57,533
1980 45.8% 49,678 42.9% 39,231
1976 52.5% 53,425 42.9% 43,590
1972 52.1% 54,123 45.6% 47,414
1968 50.1% 41,422 43.8% 36,278
1964 38.1% 28,682 61.7% 46,462
1960 57.3% 37,620 42.5% 27,888

Though the county is marked by its fiscal conservatism and isolationism, it tends to support liberal positions on social issues, and it (like much of the rest of the San Francisco Bay Area) has become a stronghold of the Democratic Party in recent decades. Only San Francisco County and Alameda County voted more Democratic in the 2004 Presidential election. Marin County presidential election returns since 1960 can be seen in the adjoining table.
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Cities, Towns and Unincorporated Districts

Belvedere is a wealthy suburb of San Francisco located in Marin County, California. ... Bolinas peninsula from 40,000 feet Bolinas is a census-designated place (CDP) in Marin County, California in the San Francisco Bay Area. ... Corte Madera is a town in Marin County, California, United States. ... Dillon Beach is a census-designated place located in Marin County, California. ... Fairfax is a town located in Marin County, California. ... Inverness is a town located in western Marin County, California. ... Inverness Park exists as a series of small communities between the towns of Point Reyes Station and Inverness. ... Kentfield is a census-designated place (CDP) in Marin County, California, United States, just north of San Francisco. ... Lagunitas and Forest Knolls are census-designated places and unincorporated areas located in the western half of the San Geronimo Valley in Marin County, California. ... Larkspur is a city located in Marin County, California. ... Greenbrae is a small town located in Marin County, California. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Marshall, California is a town on the east shore of Tomales Bay in Marin County, Northern California. ... Mill Valley is a city in Marin County, California, United States located about 11 miles north of San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge. ... Strawberry is an unincorporated district of Mill Valley located in Marin County, California. ... Tamalpais-Homestead Valley is a census-designated place located in Marin County, California. ... Looking out from Muir Beach Muir Beach, located about 2 miles from the entrance to Muir Woods, is a city and beach located across the bay from San Francisco. ... Nicasio is a village located in the hills of west Marin County, California, United States. ... Novato is a city located in the North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, in northern Marin County. ... Bel Marin Keys, California - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins/monobook/IE50Fixes. ... Black Point-Green Point is a census-designated place located in Marin County, California. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Olema is a census-designated place located in Marin County, California. ... Point Reyes Station is a census-designated place in northern California, in western Marin County, California, with a population of 350. ... Ross is a small town in Marin County, California United States, just north of San Francisco. ... San Anselmo is a town located in Marin County, California, in the western United States. ... San Geronimo is a census-designated place (CDP) located in the San Geronimo Valley in Marin County, California in the United States. ... San Rafael (IPA: ; originally IPA: ), is the county seat of Marin County, California, United States. ... Lucas Valley-Marinwood is a census-designated place located in Marin County, California. ... Santa Venetia is a census-designated place located in Marin County, California. ... Terra Linda is a neighborhood of San Rafael, California, located in the Las Gallinas Valley area of Marin County, approximately 14 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. ... Sausalito is a city in the San Francisco Bay Area situated in Marin County, California, United States. ... Stinson Beach Stinson Beach is a census-designated place (CDP) in Marin County, California, United States. ... A View of Downtown Tiburon, near the Ferry Docks. ... Tomales is a census-designated place located in Marin County, California. ... Woodacre is an unincorporated town located in the San Geronimo Valley in Marin County, California. ...

Adjacent counties

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In books and films

Marin County has been used as the venue for numerous films and books; in some cases these works have also incorporated scenes set in nieghboring San Francisco or Sonoma County. The following are representative works produced in whole or in part in Marin County: Film locations in Sonoma County, California are a diverse set of sites throughout this California county, where all or parts of notable motion pictures have been produced. ...

  • Marin County lifestyles of the 1970s were spoofed in the 1977 novel The Serial: A Year in the Life of Marin County by Cyra McFadden, and in the subsequent film Serial (1980 film) which was based on the novel.
  • Marin County's reputation as a counterculture enclave, especially the town of Bolinas and its isolationist reputation, made it a location of many key events in the 1981 novel Ecotopia Emerging by Ernest Callenbach.
  • Many scenes of the 1971 film Dirty Harry and its sequels were filmed in Marin.
  • The 1996 film Jack was filmed almost entirely in Ross.
  • The 2001 film Bandits was filmed in Marin.

Cyra McFadden (born circa 1939) is an American writer, living in the San Francisco Bay Area. ... Serial is a comedy film from 1980 from Paramount Pictures. ... The Body Snatchers is a 1955 science fiction novel by Jack Finney, originally serialized in Colliers Magazine in 1954, which describes Earth being invaded by seeds which have drifted to Earth from space. ... Mill Valley is a city located in Marin County, California. ... American Graffiti is a 1973 film directed by George Lucas. ... Tamalpais High School (nicknamed Tam) is a public secondary school located in Mill Valley, California. ... San Rafael (the name of the Archangel Raphael) is a common place-name in areas where the Spanish-language is spoken: Towns, cities, municipalities, etc. ... This article is about the 1972 film. ... Al Pacino as Don Michael Corleone in The Godfather Part II The Godfather, Part II is the 1974 sequel to The Godfather. ... In sociology, counterculture is a term used to describe the values and norms of behavior of a cultural group, or subculture, that run counter to those of the social mainstream of the day, the cultural equivalent of political opposition. ... Ernest Callenbach (born April 3, 1929) is an American writer. ... Promotional poster for High Crimes High Crimes is a 2002 thriller/ drama movie, directed by Carl Franklin. ... Dirty Harry is the name of a series of films and novels starring fictional San Francisco Police Department detective Dirty Harry Callahan, portrayed by Clint Eastwood. ... This article or section includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... The Birds (1963) is a horror film by Alfred Hitchcock, loosely based on the short story The Birds (ISBN 0-582-41798-8) by Daphne du Maurier. ... Bodega Bay and Bodega Harbor Bodega Bay is a small shallow, sand-choked inlet of the Pacific Ocean on the coast of northern California in the United States. ... Sonoma County is on the northwest coast of California, one of the northernmost parts of the greater San Francisco Bay Area, USA. Its population at the 2000 census was 458,614. ... Village of the Damned may refer to: The 1960 movie Village of the Damned (1960 movie) The 1995 remake, Village of the Damned (1995 movie) The John Wyndham novel The Midwich Cuckoos, on which the movies are based. ... Jack is a 1996 film starring Robin Williams, Diane Lane, Brian Kerwin, Jennifer Lopez, Fran Drescher, and Bill Cosby, and directed by Francis Ford Coppola. ... Ross is a small town in Marin County, California United States, just north of San Francisco. ... Bandits is a 2001 comedy/crime/drama/romance movie directed by Barry Levinson. ... Gattaca is a 1997 science fiction drama film written and directed by Andrew Niccol, starring Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman and Jude Law with supporting roles played by Loren Dean, Gore Vidal and Alan Arkin. ... Marin County Civic Center, the only public building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is located in San Rafael, California. ... THX 1138 was George Lucas first full length movie. ... Marin County Civic Center, the only public building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is located in San Rafael, California. ...

Notes

  1. ^ California's Legislature, "APPENDIX M, Origin and Meaning of the Names of the Counties of California With County Seats and Dates Counties Were Created," p. 302. Spring 2006, Accessed March 26, 2007

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See also

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Image File history File links Commons-logo. ... Image File history File links Portal. ... The U.S. state of California is divided into 58 counties. ... Golden Gate Transit is a public transportation system in the San Francisco Bay Area in California, United States. ... List of school districts in Marin County, California Bolinas-Stinson Union School District Dixie School District Kentfield School District Laguna Joint School District Lagunitas School District Larkspur School District Lincoln School District Mill Valley School District Nicasio School District Novato Unified School District Ross School District Sausalito Marin City School... Marin County Airport or Gnoss Field (IATA: DVO, ICAO: KDVO), formerly O56, is a public airport located two miles (3. ... Mount Tamalpais (Mount Tam) is a peak in Marin County, California, USA. It is a popular hiking destination for residents of the San Francisco Bay Area, home to the Edgewood Botanic Garden, and often considered symbolic of Marin County. ... Moon Over Marin is the final track on the Dead Kennedys album, Plastic Surgery Disasters. ...

External links

Coordinates: 38°02′N 122°44′W / 38.04, -122.74 Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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