Marin County Resources

City Profiles









The land on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge is recognized as one of the most beautiful counties in the nation. Marin runs roughly 31 miles top to bottom along the Highway 101 corridor, 35 miles east to west. In land, Marin covers 520 square miles, about 12 times the size of San Francisco, but it's among the smallest counties in the state, third from bottom. The state in 1996 estimated the population at 239,530. Marin is among the richest counties in the state. With nearly 160,000 acres of protected land, visitors enjoy biking, camping, fishing, golfing, hiking and horseback riding in our national, state, and county parks.



One of the wealthiest cities in the bay region,  it is an appendage off the Tiburon peninsula.Although connected to the mainland, Belvedere gives an appearance of an island. It rises abruptly from the water, climbs as a tall hill, then drops off on the other side. Average sales price May 1999, $2,289,375.


CORTE MADERA is home to two of Marin County's finest shopping centers ­ Town Center and the Village at Corte Madera. Generally you will find track housing popular in the 1950's and 1970's.
Population: 8,750. Average sales price May 1999, $530.216. Chamber of commerce: (415) 924-0441.


Heading west on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Fairfax is the gateway to the San Geronimo Valley and West Marin County. At the top of Fairfax-Bolinas Road you will find a golf course. Three city parks and lots of open space just outside the city limits. Town adjoins public watershed; miles of trails, bike, horse, hiking. Population: 7,100. Average sales price May 1999, $369,147. Chamber of commerce (415) 453-1584.


Close to the freeway and Larkspur ferry wharf. Good commute. Greenbrae is primarily a residential area and home to the Bon Air Shopping Center. Greenbrae is the home of Barbara Boxer, U.S. Senator. Average sales price May 1999, $410,283 Chamber of commerce (415) 925-0759 (Larkspur).


KENTFIELD an unincorporated area bordering Larkspur and Ross is serviced by the County of Marin. Unincorporated means it's under the jurisdiction of the county government. The lots are big and without sidewalks. Many homes have views. Kentfield has a wooded country feeling. Average sales price May 1999, $1,958,000.


The charming downtown area of Larkspur is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Larkspur is on Highway 101, about 10 miles from the Golden Gate Bridge. A stroll along the brick-lined sidewalks of Magnolia Avenue lead to boutiques and specialty shops, cafes and first-rate restaurants. Population: 11,750. Average sales price May 1999, $606,000. Chamber of commerce: (415) 925-0759.


MARIN CITY was a dairy farm in the 1940's and residents played an important role in the Sausalito ship building industry during World War II. The community boasts a new retail center with its own County library.


Nestled at the base of Mt. Tamalpais. This picturesque town is home to Muir Woods National Monument. The internationally acclaimed Mill Valley Film festival draws thousands of film enthusiasts and artists from all over the globe. Quaint downtown, restaurants, delis, coffee shops, clothing stores, bookstores, a theater, art gallery, antique stores, small inn-lodge. Population: 13,900. Average sales price May 1999, $665,470. Chamber of Commerce (415) 388-9700.


George Lucas, of "Star Wars" fame, has his headquarters located at Skywalker Ranch near Nicasio. Many of his film operations are located in buildings at Nicasio and throughout San Rafael. Nicasio has a historic Catholic Church and popular restaurant. There are estate homes on many ranches. Average sales price for 1999 $1,250,000.


Second most populous city in the county. Novato is Marin's northern-most city, located along Highway 101. In 1992 a mall opened just off Highway 101: Macy's, Target, Costco, Marshall's. Novato is home to Marin's largest employer, Firemen's Fund, about 2,500 employees. Over the years, the city has been attracting high-tech and software firms, including Broderbund. Population: 46,100. Average sales price for 1999, $412,677. Chamber of Commerce: (415) 897-3111.


Developed as a summer haven for San Franciscans, founded in 1908. Ross has a quaint downtown area centered on the Ross Common. Kids attend Ross Elementary School, academic rankings in the 99th percentile, the highest any school can achieve. Ross straddles Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, next to San Anselmo, Kentfield and San Rafael, and ascends into the hills. Average sales price May of 1999 $1,003,212. Population: 2,260.


Sunny San Anselmo, with more than 130 antique dealers, has become Northern California's antique capital. In the hills above the town is the San Francisco Theological Seminary with stone buildings that were built in 1892. Population: 12,300. Average sales price May of 1999, $673,961. Chamber of commerce: (415) 454-2510.


SAN RAFAEL, the county seat, is at the center of things. San Rafael is the oldest, largest and most culturally diverse city in Marin. Mission San Rafael Archangel is where this city takes its roots. Founded in 1817. The Marin County Civic Center is a national and state designated historical landmark and was designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Population: 53,400. Average sales price May of  1999, $499,000. Chamber of commerce: (415) 454-4163.


Often referred to as California's Riviera, Sausalito is a picturesque Mediterranean-style community with a nautical flavor. On the steeper hills, you park below and walk up, or you park above and walk down. Many homes are well over 50 years but here and there you will find a new one. Population: 7,725. Average sales price May1999 $668,166. Chamber of commerce: 332-0505.


The town attracts visitors from around the world who come to enjoy the natural beauty of the area and the many activities that the delightful, snug harbor community provides. Tiburon is one of the most prestigious towns in the bay area. Population: 8,550. Average sales price May 1999,  $1,161,171. Chamber of commerce: (415) 435-5633.









  • Marin County Office of Education
    This site offers a information on Marin County Schools for Dixie, Kentfield, Lagunitas, Larkspur, Mill Valley, Navato Unified, Reed Union, Ross, Ross Valley, San Rafael Elementary, San Rafael High, Sausalito, Shoreline Unified, Tamalpais High, Marin Community College and Stinson-Bolinas /Rural Areas. Email links to many of the school principals are offered should you have specific question.





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