Lagunitas-Forest Knolls, California
|Marin County and the state of California|
|• County Board||District 4
|• State Senate||Mark Leno (D)|
|• Assembly||Marc Levine (D)|
|• U. S. Congress||Jared Huffman (D)|
|• Total||4.247 sq mi (11.000 km2)|
|• Land||4.247 sq mi (11.000 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2) 0%|
|• Density||430/sq mi (170/km2)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC-7)|
|ZIP code||94933; 94938|
Lagunitas-Forest Knolls is a census-designated place, composed of two unincorporated areas in the western half of the San Geronimo Valley in Marin County, California, United States. The population was 1,819 at the 2010 census.
The two towns are locally seen as separate, geographically divided by narrow points in the San Geronimo Valley, and each with its own small commercial center. Both are primarily residential. Lagunitas' ZIP code is 94938, while that of Forest Knolls is 94933.
Lagunitas-Forest Knolls is located at (38.015064, -122.693874).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 11.0 square kilometers (4.2 sq mi), all land.
The Lagunitas Creek Watershed is home to the largest-remaining wild run of coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) in Central California. These coho are part of the "Central California Coast Evolutionarily Significant Unit," or CCC ESU, and are listed as "endangered" at both the state and federal level.
The towns line the western end of the San Geronimo Valley, extending into the forested south ridges and slightly into the grassier northern ones.
Lagunitas is on the eastern border of Samuel P. Taylor State Park. Like the park, Lagunitas-Forest Knolls and the surrounding environs are lushly vegetated with large areas of coniferous forests.
Hiking and horseback riding are popular in the hills above the towns.
The 2010 United States Census reported that Lagunitas-Forest Knolls had a population of 1,819. The population density was 428.3 people per square mile (165.4/km²). The racial makeup of Lagunitas-Forest Knolls was 1,658 (91.1%) White, 26 (1.4%) African American, 11 (0.6%) Native American, 11 (0.6%) Asian, 1 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 43 (2.4%) from other races, and 69 (3.8%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 133 persons (7.3%).
The Census reported that 99.5% of the population lived in households and 0.5% lived in non-institutionalized group quarters.
There were 817 households, out of which 213 (26.1%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 354 (43.3%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 86 (10.5%) had a female householder with no husband present, 40 (4.9%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 57 (7.0%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 10 (1.2%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 259 households (31.7%) were made up of individuals and 45 (5.5%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22. There were 480 families (58.8% of all households); the average family size was 2.78.
The population was spread out with 342 people (18.8%) under the age of 18, 94 people (5.2%) aged 18 to 24, 339 people (18.6%) aged 25 to 44, 808 people (44.4%) aged 45 to 64, and 236 people (13.0%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48.9 years. For every 100 females there were 94.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.5 males.
There were 897 housing units at an average density of 211.2 per square mile (81.5/km²), of which 66.7% were owner-occupied and 33.3% were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.6%; the rental vacancy rate was 3.2%. 71.4% of the population lived in owner-occupied housing units and 28.1% lived in rental housing units.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,835 people, 745 households, and 475 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 430.5 people per square mile (166.3/km²). There were 776 housing units at an average density of 182.1 per square mile (70.3/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP in 2010 was 87.0% non-Hispanic White, 1.4% non-Hispanic African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.5% from other races, and 3.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.3% of the population.
There were 745 households out of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.1% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.2% were non-families. 26.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.87.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 24.2% under the age of 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 35.4% from 45 to 64, and 5.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 97.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.5 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $55,917, and the median income for a family was $72,411. Males had a median income of $60,035 versus $40,625 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $31,504. About 4.1% of families and 6.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.4% of those under age 18 and 2.0% of those age 65 or over.
Notable current and former residents
- Elvin Bishop, an American blues and rock and roll musician and guitarist
- Klaus Kinski, German actor
- Lt. Col. (retired) Michael A. Aquino, founder of Temple of Set, co-author of MindWar psyops program for U.S. Intelligence community: raised in Forest Knoll.
- Steve Detwiler, outfielder for the Fresno State Bulldogs(NCAA baseball). Detwiler drove in all six of his team's runs in the 2008 NCAA championship game. This allowed Fresno State, which had by far the lowest seeding of any team in the tournament, to win its first ever NCAA championship.
- Jerry Garcia lived at the bottom of Resaca St. in Forest Knolls. The artist used this location as a retreat. He later entered his second try at rehab at Serenity Knolls facility in Forest Knolls On August 8. In the early hours of August 9, 1995, he died there in his sleep of a heart attack at the age of 53.
- Savely Kramarov, Russian actor and comedienne.
- Big Brother and the Holding Company, Janis Joplin's first band, lived in Lagunitas from 1966–1967, next door to Country Joe and the Fish and the Quicksilver Messenger Service.
- Kate Wolf, Singer songwriter
- "California's 2nd Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
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- 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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