Introduction to San Anselmo, California

San Anselmo, California, in Marin County, is 1 miles W of San Rafael, California (center to center) and 15 miles NW of San Francisco, California. The people of the town reside within the San Francisco metropolitan area.

San Anselmo History

San Anselmo was named after the Punta de Quintin land grant, which deemed this area the Canada del Anselmo, meaning the Valley of Anselm. It used to be a capital for silent films in the early years of the twentieth century. The area was incorporated in 1907 and was officially declared a town in 1974.

San Anselmo and Nearby Attractions

  • Elder's Garden at Memorial Park.
  • Montgomery Chapel.
  • Robson Harrington House & Gardens.
  • Log Cabin at Memorial Park.
  • Tamalpais Building.

Things To Do In San Anselmo

San Anselmo is recognized as a hub city because of its location. The city has several lakes and trails, as well as a number of parks that offer facilities for various sports, as well as rest and recreation. Mountain biking, antique hunting, fine dining and organic farming are some of the popular activities in this area.

San Anselmo Transportation

The nearest full service airport is the San Francisco International.

San Anselmo Higher Education

The College of Marin serves the area.


Total Population 12,566
Male Share of the Population 46.7%
Female Share of the Population 53.3%
Senior Citizens 17.2%
Employed Population 16+ 6,155
Age of the Population 46


% of people married 57.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 66.9%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $128,469
% Above Poverty Level 95.4%
% Below Poverty Level 4.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 35 minutes
% Working from Home 9.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 9.1%
% Using Public Transportation 12.2%


People Living Alone 30.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,570
Median House Value $868,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 22.3%
US/American 0%
English 15.5%
Irish 20.7%

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

San Anselmo Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 1 miles W of San Rafael, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 15 miles NW of San Francisco, California
County Marin
Standard Zip Codes 94960
P.O. Box Zip Codes 94979
Phone Area Codes 415
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.974
Longitude -122.56

San Anselmo Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.7 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 2.3 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 16 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
Fairfax 7,584 $132,973
Larkspur 12,219 $121,486
Mill Valley 14,243 $174,176
Ross 2,306 $220,341
San Rafael 58,819 $100,503

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

San Anselmo Public Libraries

San Anselmo Public Library
San Anselmo, California
(415) 258-4656

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San Anselmo High Schools

Serves 1,045 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.4

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