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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population7,598
Male Share of the Population46.2%
Female Share of the Population53.8%
Senior Citizens17.3%
Employed Population 16+4,400
Age of the Population46

Families

% of people married52.4%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher60.1%
Median Earnings25+$63,140
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$25,563
Median Earnings With High School Degree$48,393

Wealth

Median Family Income$125,268
% Above Poverty Level93.6%
% Below Poverty Level6.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time32 minutes
% Working from Home13.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work6.6%
% Using Public Transportation6.7%

Housing

People Living Alone30.2%
Median Gross Rent$1,690
Median House Value$733,800

Ancestry

English20.1%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)19.7%
Irish17.3%
German16.6%
Italian10.2%
French Except Basque4.9%
Polish4.3%
Portuguese3.7%
Russian3.2%
Scottish3.2%
Norwegian3.1%
Swedish2.6%
Hungarian1.8%
Dutch1.5%
Belgian1.2%
Danishn1.2%
Greek1%
Ukrainian1%
Romanian0.9%
Swiss0.8%
Arab0.7%
Finnish0.7%
Welsh0.6%
US/American0.5%
Slovak0.4%
Lithuanian0.4%
Canadian0.4%
Australian0.4%
Syrian0.3%
Austrian0.2%
Maltese0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Slovene0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
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Fairfax Almanac

CategoryValue
County Marin County
Standard Zip Codes94930
P.O. Box Zip Codes94978
Phone Area Codes415
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude37.98
Approximate Longitude-122.6

Fairfax Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationKENTFIELD
Distance2.8 miles
Jan Temp41 to 56 F
Apr Temp46 to 71 F
Jul Temp53 to 85 F
Oct Temp50 to 75 F
Annual Precip47.4 inches
StationSAN RAFAEL CIVIC CENTER
Distance3.1 miles
Jan Temp41 to 56 F
Apr Temp47 to 69 F
Jul Temp55 to 81 F
Oct Temp51 to 74 F
Annual Precip34.2 inches
StationSAN FRANCISCO DOWNTOWN
Distance17.4 miles
Jan Temp46 to 58 F
Apr Temp50 to 65 F
Jul Temp54 to 68 F
Oct Temp55 to 70 F
Annual Precip22.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Corte Madera9,694$150,781
Larkspur12,268$128,750
Novato54,790$106,833
Ross2,381$231,250
San Anselmo12,623$132,614
San Rafael58,948$107,798

Fairfax Public Schools

Manor Elementary
150 Oak Manor Dr.
ZIP: 94930
Primary
Total Enrollment 390
White Hill Middle
101 Glen Dr.
ZIP: 94930
Middle
Total Enrollment 761

Fairfax Private Schools

Cascade Canyon School
2626 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
ZIP: 94930
Elementary
Total Enrollment 47
St Rita School
102 Marinda Dr
ZIP: 94930
Elementary
Total Enrollment 143
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