Larkspur, California

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Larkspur, California

Introduction to Larkspur, California

Larkspur, California is 2 miles S of San Rafael, California and 12 miles NW of San Francisco, California. It is in Marin county. The city is part of the San Francisco metro area. The population of Larkspur is 12,014.

Larkspur History

In its early days Larkspur stood out due to its Volunteer Fire Department. This fire department was started in 1906 with one horse cart by the people of the city. The city of Larkspur was incorporated in March 1908. The following month it had its first election.

Larkspur and nearby Attractions

  • Muir Woods National Monument
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Aquarium of the Bay
  • Alcatraz Island
  • Palace of Fine Arts
  • Grace Cathedral

Things To Do In Larkspur

The city has several parks which provide facilities for picnicking, sports and other recreational activities. The recreational department of the city regularly organizes various events and activities for the entertainment and personal development of its population.

Larkspur Transportation

Air transportation is provided by the San Francisco International Airport.

Larkspur Higher Education

Higher education facilities are available at College of Marin.

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High Points

Larkspur strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in California):

Category Trophy
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Larkspur Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Larkspur Well-Paid Single Men
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Larkspur College Educated Adults
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Larkspur Median Family Income
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Larkspur Public Transportation Use
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Larkspur Walking and Biking to Work
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 8% Larkspur Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Larkspur People in Middle Class or Better

Comparative Profile of Larkspur, California

Comparing Larkspur to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in California (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Age of the Population 10 10
Female Share of the Population 10 10
Senior Citizens 9 10
Racial Diversity 6 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 2
Male Share of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 1 1
Average Household Size 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 10 10
Median Family Income 10 10
People in Middle Class or Better 9 10
People Above Poverty 9 10

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 10
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Walking and Biking to Work 10 9
Short Commute Times 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 10 10
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 10 9
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 9
Housing Recently Built 6 4
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 1
Affordability of Rents 1 1

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Larkspur Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles S of San Rafael, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 12 miles NW of San Francisco, California
County Marin
Standard Zip Codes 94939
P.O. Box Zip Codes 94977
Phone Area Codes 415
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.934
Longitude -122.534

Larkspur Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 2.1 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 4.6 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 12.8 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
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Larkspur Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 12,014 100%
Male 5,439 45.3%
Female 6,575 54.7%
Under 18 1,966 16.4%
18+ 10,048 83.6%
65+ 2,370 19.7%
Median Age 45.9
Average Family Size 2.69
White 10,963 91.3%
African-American 96 0.8%
Asian 466 3.9%
American Indian & Alaskan 26 0.2%
Other 131 1.1%
Mixed Race 317 2.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 515 4.3%

Estimated Larkspur Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 11,724
Growth -290
Growth % -2.4%

Larkspur Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
English 12.4%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.1%
German 11.5%
Irish 11.4%
Italian 8.7%
Russian 3.9%
US/American 3.6%
Polish 3%
French (except Basque) 3%
Scottish 2.8%
European 2.4%
Norwegian 2.3%
British 1.7%
Scotch-Irish 1.7%
Dutch 1.6%
Swedish 1.5%
Welsh 1.5%
Iranian 1.4%
Danish 1.2%
Hungarian 0.7%
Brazilian 0.7%
French Canadian 0.7%
Armenian 0.6%
Greek 0.6%
Austrian 0.6%
Eastern European 0.6%
Czech 0.5%
Lithuanian 0.5%
Australian 0.5%
Croatian 0.5%
Northern European 0.5%
Finnish 0.5%
Yugoslavian 0.4%
Swiss 0.4%
Portuguese 0.4%
Turkish 0.4%
Scandinavian 0.3%
Israeli 0.3%
Canadian 0.3%
Serbian 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
Ukrainian 0.2%
Basque 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Larkspur 12,014 $104,028
Belvedere 2,125 $185,590
Corte Madera 9,100 $95,471
Mill Valley 13,600 $119,669
Ross 2,329 $102,593
San Anselmo 12,378 $86,528
San Rafael 56,063 $74,398

Larkspur Public Libraries

Larkspur Public Library
Larkspur, California
(415) 927-5005
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Starbucks in Larkspur

(As of 2005)
Larkspur Landing
1801 Larkspur Landing Circle
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Larkspur High Schools (2004)

(Sorted by Number of Students)

Serves 1,434 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.1

A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 140 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.5

A Non-traditional School
Serves 99 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.7

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