The Marin Lifestyle Experience

The Marin Lifestyle is different from almost anywhere else in the country. Here are some of the reasons people love Marin County, California....

Enjoy the good life...

  • The people are friendly.
  • Shopping is easy, with lots of parking. All the good stores are nearby ... Macy's, Nordstrom, The Gap, to name a few.
  • So many excellent restaurants and types of cuisine.
  • Local high-tech employment opportunities. Marin is bursting with businesses involved with the internet, multimedia, and software.
  • Outstanding views - the San Francisco skyline, the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset, majestic Mt. Tamalpais, and San Francisco Bay - to name a few.
  • Clean, fresh air and good tasting water.
  • No snow to shovel, yet skiing just a few hours away.

It's Easy to Move Around....

  • Commute to San Francisco financial district by comfortable bus or ferry. Enjoy morning coffee on the Bay, and a cocktail on the fantail in the evening.
  • Ten to thirty minutes away from the attractions of San Francisco.
  • Small town atmosphere where you can walk to town.
  • Scenic trails to explore. Hiking or biking are a short distance away.

Plenty of Outdoors Activities...

  • Over 75% of Marin is public or private open space.
  • Mt. Tamalpais, Muir Woods, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and the Point Reyes National Seashore are all less than a half-hour drive.
  • Horse trails for the equestrian.
  • You can be sailing in the Bay in 5 minutes when you have a boat dock in your backyard.
  • Golf courses, both private and public.
  • Youth activities including Little League, soccer, tennis, La Crosse, sailing, swimming, and scouting.

Excellent Educational Opportunities...

  • Excellent elementary and high schools, both public and private.
  • Community Colleges with a variety of exciting credit and non-credit day and evening classes.
  • Recreation programs in each town that include sports, summer camp, enrichment classes for all ages.

Marin County offers excellent educational resources; the public school system includes two unified school districts, two high school districts, 15 elementary school districts, and one community college district with two campuses, one in Kentfield and one in Novato. The Marin County Office of Education provides additional school information. In addition, Marin hosts a number of excellent private schools, including Dominican College in San Rafael. School test scores are consistently high. Recreation

Outdoor recreation opportunities abound in Marin. The combination of mountains, sea and climate has made the County a recreation spot for the entire Bay Area. Federal parks in Marin are the Golden Gate National Recreation Area,and the Point Reyes National Seashore. State parks include China Camp State Park, and Mt. Tamalpais State Park. County parks and the lands of the Marin Municipal Water District and the North Marin Water District, as well as the parks and recreational areas of the individual towns offer a wide variety of additional outdoor recreational areas.

County Fair

Marin County Fair features traditional as well as new high-tech events -- everything from baking competition to swine raising to internet on-line competition. This Fair is a lot of fun. It usually runs during the July 4th weekend.

Marin Weather

Marin weather is typically mild, usually warmer and less foggy than San Francisco.

Local Transportation

Excellent public bus transportation operated by the Golden Gate Transit connects Marin with the San Francisco Financial District and Civic Center. A system of ferry boats carry commuters from Larkspur, Tiburon, and Sausalito to the Financial District.


The population of the eleven Marin cities and towns estimated at January 1, 2000, were as follows:


Corte Madera9,100
Mill Valley14,100
San Anselmo12,450
San Rafael54,800
Total Population249,700

Source: Rand California

Employment Opportunities

Although Marin is usually thought of as a suburban residential and recreation area, ranching and dairy farming are major features of the rural areas of West Marin. Industry in the County includes: movie and video production; computer software; communications equipment; printing; and the manufacture of plastic products, ceramics, candles and cheese. High- tech companies located in Marin include Autodesk Inc., Fair, Isaac, and LucasArts Entertainment. For current job opportunities in Marin County, contact Nelson Human Resources Solutions.


Marin County is one of the nine counties that comprise the Bay Area. It is linked to San Francisco by the Golden Gate Bridge and to the East Bay via the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. It is bordered on the north and northeast by Sonoma County and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. The County encompasses 521 square miles and has a population of 178,100 in the incorporated areas, with another 69,800 living in the unincorporated area of the County. The 11 incorporated cities are located in the residential corridor, along Highway 101.


In 1579, Francis Drake and the crew of the Golden Hinde set foot in Marin, the first known Europeans to do so. The first Spanish settlement was established in 1817 with the founding of the Mission San Rafael Archangel. In 1821, the land was passed from Spain to Mexico. During the next decade, Mexico parceled out large grants of land in return for services, and Marin was divided into great ranchos. A grantee was required to become a Mexican citizen and a baptized Catholic; thereafter, his first name was Spanish and he was known as a don. Juan Reed, Sausalito's first known English speaking resident, was granted the Rancho Corte Madera de Presidio. Adjacent land was granted to Captain Guillermo Antonio Richardson, an Englishman and the first port captain of San Francisco. The U.S. occupation of California began in 1846, ending the "Days of the Dons." California became a state in 1850 and Marin was one of its original counties.

Civic Center Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

The Marin County Civic Center was designed by the late Frank Lloyd Wright. This project was the noted American architect's final major design project and is distinguished as a work of art. The design gracefully links the surrounding rolling hillsides with the structures. The Center includes the Administration Building (which houses the administrative, financial and public works departments, and the main branch of the County Library), Hall of Justice (courts), Marin Center (exhibition building, large and small meeting rooms, dining facilities, two theaters, fairgrounds, landscaped lagoon and a children's playground), Civic Center Branch Post Office, National Guard Armory, and the County Garage. A new County Jail was recently built into the hill next to the Hall of Justice. Tours of the Civic Center are available.