Del Mar, California
|Del Mar, California|
|— City —|
|City of Del Mar|
|Del Mar racetrack|
|San Diego County, California.|
|• Mayor||Don Mosier|
|• City||1.777 sq mi (4.602 km2)|
|• Land||1.707 sq mi (4.421 km2)|
|• Water||0.070 sq mi (0.181 km2) 3.94%|
|Elevation||112 ft (34 m)|
|• Density||2,300/sq mi ( 900/km2)|
|• Metro||SD-TJ: 5,105,768|
|Time zone||PST (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC-7)|
|GNIS feature ID||1656480|
Del Mar is an affluent beach town in San Diego County, California. The population was 4,161 at the 2010 census, down from 4,389 at the 2000 census. The Del Mar Horse Races are hosted on the Del Mar racetrack every summer. Del Mar is Spanish for "of the sea" or "by the sea", because it is located on the Pacific Ocean. Colonel Jacob Taylor purchased 338 acres (1.37 km2) from Enoch Talbert in 1885, with visions of building a seaside resort for the rich and famous. The United States Navy operated a Naval Auxiliary Air Facility for blimps at Del Mar during World War II.
Geography and climate 
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2). 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (3.94%) is water. At the southern edge of Del Mar is the Los Peñasquitos Lagoon.
Del Mar's climate is considered sub-tropical / Mediterranean with warm, dry summers and mild winters, and is considered one of the most desirable climates in the United States. Temperatures exceed 85 °F (29 °C) only on a few occasions throughout the year and rarely drop below 62 °F (17 °C). The average daily temperature in Del Mar is approximately 71 °F (22 °C).
Del Mar is also one of few locations in which the Torrey Pine tree grows. The Torrey Pine is the rarest pine in the United States and only two populations of this endangered species exist. The Soledad Valley at the south of Del Mar severs two colony segments of the Pinus torreyana.
The 2010 United States Census reported that Del Mar had a population of 4,161. The population density was 2,341.9 people per square mile (904.2/km²). The racial makeup of Del Mar was 3,912 (94.0%) White, 10 (0.2%) African American, eight (0.2%) Native American, 118 (2.8%) Asian, three (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 25 (0.6%) from other races, and 85 (2.0%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 175 persons (4.2%).
The Census reported that 4,161 people (100% of the population) lived in households, zero (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and zero (0%) were institutionalized.
There were 2,064 households, out of which 340 (16.5%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 927 (44.9%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 114 (5.5%) had a female householder with no husband present, 57 (2.8%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 124 (6.0%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 19 (0.9%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. Seven hundred seven households (34.3%) were made up of individuals and 209 (10.1%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.02. There were 1,098 families (53.2% of all households); the average family size was 2.57.
The population was spread out with 564 people (13.6%) under the age of 18, 205 people (4.9%) aged 18 to 24, 1,071 people (25.7%) aged 25 to 44, 1,455 people (35.0%) aged 45 to 64, and 866 people (20.8%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48.6 years. For every 100 females there were 102.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.1 males.
There were 2,596 housing units at an average density of 1,461.1 per square mile (564.1/km²), of which 1,113 (53.9%) were owner-occupied, and 951 (46.1%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.6%; the rental vacancy rate was 7.9%. Of the population, 2,398 people (57.6% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 1,763 people (42.4%) lived in rental housing units.
As of the census of 2000, there were 4,389 people, 2,178 households, and 1,082 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,559.7 inhabitants per square mile (991.0/km²). There were 2,557 housing units at an average density of 1,491.3 per square mile (577.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.14% White, 0.25% African American, 0.34% Native American, 2.87% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 0.57% from other races, and 1.71% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.87% of the population.
There were 2,178 households out of which 15.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.8% were married couples living together, 4.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 50.3% were non-families. 36.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.01 and the average family size was 2.61.
In the city the population was spread out with 13.6% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 33.1% from 25 to 44, 33.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 105.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $120,001, and the median income for a family was $130,270. Males had a median income of $81,250 versus $70,069 for females. The per capita income for the city was $92,425. About 7.8% of families and 8.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.6% of those under age 18 and 8.5% of those age 65 or over.
Current estimates 
According to estimates by the San Diego Association of Governments, the median household income of Del Mar in 2005 was $169,348 (not adjusted for inflation). When adjusted for inflation (1999 dollars; comparable to Census data above), the median household income was $100,982.
The City of Del Mar is governed by a City Council of five elected representatives. Each year a new mayor is chosen from among the councilmembers.
- Del Mar racetrack, held live each summer on the Del Mar Fairgrounds which also hosts the satellite wagering facility Surfside Race Place throughout the year when races aren't live.
- Torrey Pines Golf Course, one of the most exclusive and challenging courses in the world.
- The San Diego County Fair
- Torrey Pines State Beach
- Powerhouse Community Center
- Del Mar Antique Show, held three times a year for over 50 years on the Del Mar Fairgrounds
- Torrey Pines High School, ranked as one of the 100 Best High Schools in the nation by Newsweek magazine—known for both its upscale campus and academic/athletic prowess.
Top employers 
According to the City's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:
|#||Employer||# of Employees|
|1||L'Auberge Del Mar||250|
|2||Del Mar Fairgrounds||170|
|3||Del Mar Plaza Fine Dining||115|
|4||Del Mar Thoroughbred Club||115|
|5||Jake's Del Mar||110|
|8||RE/MAX Moonlight Beach||100|
|9||Pacifica Del Mar||65|
|10||Bully's Del Mar||60|
Notable people 
- Desi Arnaz maintained a residence in North Del Mar on the beach west of Highway 101 near the Del Mar Racetrack after his divorce from Lucille Ball. Was arrested once for brandishing a firearm and ordering people off of his beach area. Resided there into the late 1960s.
- Burt Bacharach, songwriter, and Angie Dickinson, actress, had a beach residence in north Del Mar near 26th street.
- Drew Brees, quarterback of the New Orleans Saints.
- Rachel Buehler, defender for the United States women's national soccer team.
- Jimmy Durante lived on the beach for many years and even has a street named after him.
- Rachael Flatt, 2010 Olympian, 2010 US Champion, three-time US Silver medalist and 2008 World Junior Champion figure skater, born in Del Mar
- Tony Hawk, skateboarder and business entrepreneur, was raised in Del Mar.
- Nate Kaeding, San Diego Chargers placekicker.
- Carson Palmer, quarterback of the Oakland Raiders.
- Steve Perry, former lead singer of the rock band Journey, lives in Del Mar.
- Tristan Prettyman, singer-songwriter.
- Zandra Rhodes, celebrity fashion designer, splits her time between homes in Del Mar and London.
- Anthony Robbins, self-help writer and professional speaker, previously lived in "The Castle" in Del Mar
- Aaron Rodgers, quarterback for the Green Bay Packers
- Lee Shippey, newspaper columnist
- Willie Shoemaker, jockey, lived in North Del Mar on beach west of US 101 near Del Mar Racetrack.
- Norv Turner, former head coach of the San Diego Chargers.
Cultural references 
- Del Mar is referenced in the Beach Boys hit "Surfin USA". The song mentions, "You’d catch ’em surfin’ at Del Mar."
- Del Mar, known for its numerous and beautiful beaches, was mentioned in Time magazine's "100 Greatest Beaches in the World". Fifteenth Street Beach ranked in the top 10, ranking at 4, and although "Dog Beach" did not make it into the Top 100, it did receive an honorable mention.
- Del Mar's beach at 15th Street was used as a backdrop for the opening credits for ABC's Cougar Town.
- In the TV series Weeds, the Botwin family escapes to their relatives' home in the fictional town of Ren Mar (inspired by Del Mar but named after the studio where Weeds is shot) after Agrestic burns down.
- The comedy Strange Wilderness features Del Mar's Torrey Pines State Beach in the background during the group's journey south into Mexico.
- "U.S. Census". Retrieved February 8, 2012.
- "Del Mar city history". Delmarhistoricalsociety.org. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
- "U.S. Naval Activities World War II by State". Patrick Clancey. Retrieved 2012-03-19.
- C. Michael Hogan (2008). Torrey Pine: Pinus torreyana, Globaltwitcher, ed. Nicklas Stromberg 
- All data are derived from the United States Census Bureau reports from the 2010 United States Census, and are accessible on-line here. The data on unmarried partnerships and same-sex married couples are from the Census report DEC_10_SF1_PCT15. All other housing and population data are from Census report DEC_10_DP_DPDP1. Both reports are viewable online or downloadable in a zip file containing a comma-delimited data file. The area data, from which densities are calculated, are available on-line here. Percentage totals may not add to 100% due to rounding. The Census Bureau defines families as a household containing one or more people related to the householder by birth, opposite-sex marriage, or adoption. People living in group quarters are tabulated by the Census Bureau as neither owners nor renters. For further details, see the text files accompanying the data files containing the Census reports mentioned above.
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- "City of Del Mar CAFR 2011" (PDF).
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