Introduction to Fairfax, California

Fairfax, California is 3 miles W of San Rafael, California and 17 miles NW of San Francisco, California. It is in Marin county. 

Fairfax History

Dr. Alfred W. Taliaferro was the first settler in the area. He arrived from Virginia, and most likely named the town after Fairfax, Virginia, which was named in honor of Lord Charles Snowden Fairfax.. The Coast Miwok Native Americans inhabited the area before Taliafero arrived. The Fairfax Incline Railway arrived in the city in 1913. The first school in Fairfax was built in 1908.

Fairfax and Nearby Attractions

  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
  • Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.
  • Camron - Stanford House.
  • Muir Woods National Monument.
  • Agate Beach County Park.
  • Samuel P. Taylor State Park.

Things To Do In Fairfax

Local parks include the John F. McInnis County Park, Paradise Beach County Park, the Charles Lee Tilden Regional Park and the Tomales Bay State Park. Museums nearby include the Cable Car Museum, the USS Hornet Museum, the Habitot Children's Museum and the Contemporary Jewish Museum. The Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park, the Alvarado House and the Fort Point National Historic Site are all located in Fairfax as well. The Seventh Day Adventist Church, the Fairfax Community Church and the Saint Ritas Roman Catholic Church are some of the local houses of worship.

Fairfax Transportation

San Francisco International is the nearest major airport.

Fairfax Higher Education

One can pursue higher education at Contra Costa College, the College of Marin and the University of California-San Francisco.


Total Population 7,584
Male Share of the Population 46.7%
Female Share of the Population 53.3%
Senior Citizens 15.7%
Employed Population 16+ 4,433
Age of the Population 45


% of people married 51%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 60%
Median Earnings25+ $60,127
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $25,063
Median Earnings With High School Degree $46,118


Median Family Income $132,973
% Above Poverty Level 93.2%
% Below Poverty Level 6.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 15.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.8%
% Using Public Transportation 7.2%


People Living Alone 30.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,673
Median House Value $697,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 17.9%
US/American 0.5%
English 19.2%
Irish 19.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Fairfax Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles W of San Rafael, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 17 miles NW of San Francisco, California
County Marin
Standard Zip Codes 94930
P.O. Box Zip Codes 94978
Phone Area Codes 415
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.987
Longitude -122.587

Fairfax Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 2.8 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 56 F
Apr Temp 46 to 71 F
Jul Temp 53 to 85 F
Oct Temp 50 to 75 F
Annual Precip 47.4 inches
Distance 3.1 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 56 F
Apr Temp 47 to 69 F
Jul Temp 55 to 81 F
Oct Temp 51 to 74 F
Annual Precip 34.2 inches
Distance 17.4 miles
Jan Temp 46 to 58 F
Apr Temp 50 to 65 F
Jul Temp 54 to 68 F
Oct Temp 55 to 70 F
Annual Precip 22.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Corte Madera 9,595 $147,778
Larkspur 12,219 $121,486
Novato 54,133 $100,471
Ross 2,306 $220,341
San Anselmo 12,566 $128,469
San Rafael 58,819 $100,503

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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