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Encyclopedia > Novato, California

Novato is a city located in the North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, in northern Marin County. As of a 2000 census, the city population was 47,630. Novato is 30 miles north of San Francisco on US 101. The North Bay is a subregion of the San Francisco Bay Area, in California, United States. ... USGS Satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay Area. ... Marin County (pronounced mah-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. ... Nickname: The City by the Bay; Fog City Location of the City and County of San Francisco, California Coordinates: Country United States of America State California City-County San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom Area    - City 122 km²  (47 sq mi)  - Land 121. ... This U.S. Highway article needs to be cleaned up to conform to both a higher standard of article quality and accepted design standards outlined in the WikiProject U.S. Highways. ...

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History

Novato was first established in 1839 when the Mexican government granted Rancho de Novato, consisting of some 8,876 acres (36 km²), to Fernando Feliz. Subsequently four additional land grants were made in the area; Rancho San Jose to Ignacio Pacheco in 1840, Corte Madera de Novato to John Martin, a Scotsman, in 1840, Rancho Olompali awarded in 1843 to Camilo Ynita, son of a Coast Miwok chief, and Rancho Nicasio, by far the largest at 56,621 acres (229 km²), awarded to Don Pablo de la Guerra and John Cooper in 1844. Novato, along with the rest of California, became part of the United States on February 2, 1848. Early pioneers included Joseph Sweetser and Francis De Long who bought 15,000 acres (61 km²) in the mid-1850's and planted orchards and vineyards. An empresario was somebody who, in the early years of the settlement of Texas, had been granted the right to settle on Mexican land in exchange for recruiting and taking responsibility for new settlers. ... Bodega Bay as viewed from present-day Dillon Beach, was ancient homeland of the Coastal Miwok. ... Bodega Bay as viewed from present-day Dillon Beach, was ancient homeland of the Coastal Miwok. ... The Mexican Cession (red) and the Gadsden Purchase (orange) The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was the peace treaty that ended the Mexican-American War (1846–1848). ...


The first school was built in 1859 at the corner of Grant Avenue at what is today Redwood Boulevard.


The original town was located around Novato Creek at what is now South Novato Boulevard. A railroad was built in 1879, connecting Novato to Sonoma County and San Rafael. The area around the train depot became known as New Town, and forms the edge of what today is Old Town Novato. The current depot was built in 1917, but closed in 1959 and is largely derelict. Saint Raphael Church, one of the citys most recognizable landmarks San Rafael (IPA: ; originally IPA: ), is the county seat of Marin County, California, United States. ...


A Presbyterian church, still a landmark in Novato today, was built in 1896.


The Great Depression of the 1930s had a marked effect on the area as many farmers lost their land. After World War II Novato grew quickly with the construction of tract homes and a freeway. As the area was unincorporated much of the growth was unplanned and uncontrolled. Novato was finally incorporated as a city in 1960. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Novato is a sister city of Shepparton, Victoria, Australia. Shepparton is a country town located in Victoria, Australia. ... Emblems: Pink heath (floral)Weedy Seadragon (Aquatic) helmeted honeyeater (bird) Leadbeaters possum (faunal) Motto: Peace and Prosperity Slogan or Nickname: Garden State, The Place To Be, On The Move Other Australian states and territories Capital Melbourne Government Const. ...


Geography

Location of Novato, California

Novato is located at 38°5′36″N, 122°33′55″W (38.093370, -122.565215)GR1. Image File history File links CAMap-doton-Novato. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 73.2 km² (28.3 mi²). 71.7 km² (27.7 mi²) of it is land and 1.4 km² (0.6 mi²) of it (1.95%) is water. 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. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 47,630 people, 18,524 households, and 12,411 families residing in the city. The population density was 663.9/km² (1,719.2/mi²). There were 18,994 housing units at an average density of 264.8/km² (685.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 82.75% White, 1.99% African American, 0.52% Native American, 5.20% Asian, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 5.43% from other races, and 3.93% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.08% of the population. 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 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. ... Race, as defined by the United States Census Bureau and the Federal Office of Management and Budget, is a self-identification data item in which residents choose the race or races with which they most closely identify. ... 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 18,524 households out of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.7% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.0% were non-families. 25.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.01. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 23.1% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 27.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 93.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.3 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $63,453, and the median income for a family was $74,434. Males had a median income of $55,822 versus $40,287 for females. The per capita income for the city was $32,402. About 3.1% of families and 5.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.1% of those under age 18 and 4.0% of those age 65 or over. 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. ...


Economy

The city is home to the Buck Institute for Age Research, Fireman's Fund Insurance Company, and the United States headquarters of Birkenstock. Novato is also home to The Republic of Tea, one of the largest tea distributors in the United States. Several technology companies are based in Novato, including DriveSavers data recovery, and Sonic Solutions. Broderbund software was based in Novato for a time, but both the education and entertainment divisions moved to separate locations in San Francisco and were subsequently sold. Novato is the birthplace of Battlebots. The former Hamilton Air Force Base is also located in Novato, but was decommissioned in 1974 and designated a Historic District in 1998. Firemans Fund, is a Novato CA based insurance company owned by Allianz AG (Germany). ... Birkenstock is a German brand of sandals and other shoes, notable for their contoured cork and rubber footbeds, which conform somewhat to the shape of their wearers feet. ... The Republic of Tea is a company that markets organic and exotic teas from around the world. ... Sonic Solutions NASDAQ: SNIC is a Novato, CA (California, USA) based digital media company. ... Brøderbund (Danish for band of brothers) is a maker of computer games and educational software that was founded by Doug and Gary Carlston in 1980. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... BattleBots (also BattleBots, Inc. ... Hamilton Army Airfield, CA - 1937 Hamilton Air Force Base is a former United States Air Force Base located along the northern shore of San Francisco Bay California. ...


Sports

The Novato Wireless softball team won the 2006 Men's C-I Novato summer league championship.


The Chimichangas, a co-ed softball team, has played in the Novato Park & Rec softball league since 1997. The team was started by Kevin Merritt and Chad Crowell in Sacramento in 1995, and relocated to Novato once the friends graduated from California State University Sacramento and moved to Novato to find work. The Chimichangas have had varied success in the league, but returned to glory in 2006 by going undefeated in the spring season, and winning the playoffs, and finishing in 1st place again in the summer season. The Novato High School football team has won the MCALS again in 2006 and is proceeding to win the NCS as they did last year. The Chimichanga, or chivichanga, (pronounced chimmy·CHAHN·guh ) is a deep-fried burrito that originated in Northern Mexico (Ciudad Juarez in Chihuahua) and later became popular across the border, especially in Arizona. ... Sacramento is a Spanish- and Portuguese-language word meaning sacrament; it is a common toponym in parts of the world where those tongues were or are spoken. ... California State University, Sacramento, also known as Sacramento State or Sac State, is a public university located in the city of Sacramento, California. ... Novato High School is a high school located in Novato, California in the United States. ...


Telephony

Western California Telephone Company provided telephone service to Novato, Los Gatos, Morgan Hill and Kenwood. In the 1970s, the utility was acquired by General Telephone, (later GTE and then Verizon). These four service areas are now served by Verizon. Nickname: Motto: Official website: http://www. ... Morgan Hill (IPA: ) is a city located in the southern part of Santa Clara County, California, USA. Founded on November 10, 1906, the city was named after Hiram Morgan Hill, a San Franciscan who built a country retreat home here in 1884. ... Kenwood, California is a town along State Route 12 in Sonoma County. ...


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Novato's public schools are among the best in the Bay Area, demonstrated by higher-than-average student assessment scores and higher-than-average spending per pupil.
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