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Overview

Introduction to Novato, California

Novato, California, in Marin county, is 9 miles SE of Petaluma, California (center to center) and 24 miles N of San Francisco, California. It's part of the San Francisco Bay Area. Fireman's Fund Insurance Company and several biotech firms are located in the city. Notable companies located at the former Hamilton Air Force Base include Sony Imageworks, Smith & Hawken, Birkenstock Distribution USA and Visual Concepts Entertainment. Rolling hills, cow farms and numerous ranches are located near the western portion of the city.

Novato History

The area originally included several Coast Miwok villages. The city was established in 1839 as Rancho de Novato by a land grant by the Mexican Government. Four additional land grants were created in the area. During the middle of the 1850's Joseph Sweetser and Francis De Long purchased a large acreage and developed orchards and vineyards.

The railroad arrived in 1879 and connected the city with Sonoma County. During the Great Depression a large number of farmers lost their land. After World War II a vast number of homes were built. The city was incorporated in 1960. The Hamilton Air Force Base was decommissioned in 1974 and now includes homes and office buildings.

Novato and nearby Attractions

  • Miwok Park/Marin Museum of the American Indian is a notable venue.
  • Novato Arts Center at Hamilton Field.
  • Novato History Museum.
  • Novato Old Town features unique shops and attractive historic buildings.

Novato Activities

Stafford Lake is popular for fishing and picnicking and includes a scenic nature trail. The nearby Muir Woods is a well known scenic location and features the impressive coast redwood trees. Residents and visitors enjoy touring the nearby wineries located in Napa and Sonoma and the Pacheco Ranch Winery located in Novato. Samuel P. Taylor State Park features grasslands and coast redwood groves. The close by scenic Point Reyes, situated along the coastline features a vast number of bird species, a historic lighthouse, panoramic views, a variety of landscapes and scenic walking trails.

Olompali State Historic Park offers scenic views. Mt. Burdell is popular with hikers. Golf enthusiasts enjoy playing at the scenic Indian Valley Golf Club and the Stone Tree Golf Club. San Francisco is about a thirty minute drive away. The scenic Mount Tamalais State Park includes redwood trees and spectacular views. The beautiful and charming city of Sausalito, situated along the San Francisco Bay is a popular tourist location.

Demographics

People

Total Population55,378
Male Share of the Population48.8%
Female Share of the Population51.2%
Senior Citizens18.8%
Employed Population 16+27,472
Age of the Population45

Families

% of people married51.4%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher44.1%
Median Earnings25+$48,175
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$25,069
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,421

Wealth

Median Family Income$115,164
% Above Poverty Level92.1%
% Below Poverty Level7.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time33 minutes
% Working from Home6%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.8%
% Using Public Transportation7.5%

Housing

People Living Alone30.7%
Median Gross Rent$1,863
Median House Value$677,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)33.4%
Irish13.8%
German11.7%
English10.1%
Italian9.7%
French Except Basque2.9%
Swedish2.5%
Scottish2.5%
Norwegian2%
Russian1.5%
Portuguese1.4%
Polish1.3%
Danishn1.1%
Dutch1.1%
Welsh1%
Swiss0.8%
Canadian0.7%
Hungarian0.6%
Greek0.6%
Arab0.6%
Finnish0.5%
Iranian0.5%
Czech0.5%
Austrian0.4%
Ukrainian0.4%
West Indian0.4%
Lebanese0.3%
Australian0.2%
African0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Latvian0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Brazilian0.2%
US/American0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Basque0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Palestinian0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
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Novato Almanac

CategoryValue
County Marin County
Standard Zip Codes94945, 94947, 94949
P.O. Box Zip Codes94948
Company Zip Codes94998
Phone Area Codes415
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude38.1
Approximate Longitude-122.57

Novato Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationSAN RAFAEL CIVIC CENTER
Distance7.7 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
StationPETALUMA FIRE STA 2
Distance11.9 miles
Jan Temp39 to 58 F
Apr Temp44 to 70 F
Jul Temp52 to 83 F
Oct Temp48 to 77 F
Annual Precip25.8 inches
StationSONOMA
Distance14.4 miles
Jan Temp37 to 58 F
Apr Temp43 to 72 F
Jul Temp52 to 90 F
Oct Temp46 to 80 F
Annual Precip30.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Fairfax7,616$129,583
Larkspur12,367$137,991
Petaluma60,210$100,377
Ross2,311$228,438
San Anselmo12,619$148,485
San Rafael59,180$113,308

Novato Hospitals

Novato Community Hospital
(Non-profit)
180 Roland Way

Novato Public Schools

Olive Elementary
629 Plum St.
ZIP: 94945
Primary
Total Enrollment 337
San Marin High
15 San Marin Dr.
ZIP: 94945
High
Total Enrollment 1020
San Marin High School-plus
15 San Marin Dr.
ZIP: 94945
San Ramon Elementary
45 San Ramon Way
ZIP: 94945
Primary
Total Enrollment 474
180 Program
720 Diablo Ave.
ZIP: 94947
Lu Sutton Elementary
1800 Center Rd.
ZIP: 94947
Primary
Total Enrollment 347
Lynwood Elementary
1320 Lynwood Dr.
ZIP: 94947
Primary
Total Enrollment 343
Marin Oaks High
720 Diablo Ave.
ZIP: 94947
High
Total Enrollment 64
Nexus Academy
720 Diablo Ave.
ZIP: 94947
Other
Total Enrollment 3
Nova Education Center
720 Diablo Blvd.
ZIP: 94947
Other
Total Enrollment 60
Novato Early Intervention
740 Diablo Ave.
ZIP: 94947
Novato High
625 Arthur St.
ZIP: 94947
High
Total Enrollment 1322
Pleasant Valley Elementary
755 Sutro Ave.
ZIP: 94947
Primary
Total Enrollment 526
Rancho Elementary
1430 Johnson St.
ZIP: 94947
Primary
Total Enrollment 485
Sinaloa Middle
2045 Vineyard Rd.
ZIP: 94947
Middle
Total Enrollment 880
Hamilton Meadow Park
1 Main Gate Rd., Hamilton Field
ZIP: 94949
Primary
Total Enrollment 686
Loma Verde Elementary
399 Alameda De La Loma
ZIP: 94949
Primary
Total Enrollment 425
Novato Charter
940 C St.
ZIP: 94949
Primary
Total Enrollment 265
San Jose Intermediate
1000 Sunset Pkwy.
ZIP: 94949
Middle
Total Enrollment 745

Novato Private Schools

Our Lady Of Loretto School
1811 Virginia Ave
ZIP: 94945
Elementary
Total Enrollment 229
Good Shepherd Lutheran School
1180 Lynwood Dr
ZIP: 94947
Elementary
Total Enrollment 178
Marin Christian Academy
1370 S Novato Blvd
ZIP: 94947
Elementary
Total Enrollment 118
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