Larkspur, California

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City of Larkspur
Downtown Larkspur
Downtown Larkspur
Official seal of City of Larkspur
Location of Larkspur, California
Location of Larkspur, California
Coordinates: 37°56′03″N 122°32′07″W / 37.93417°N 122.53528°W / 37.93417; -122.53528Coordinates: 37°56′03″N 122°32′07″W / 37.93417°N 122.53528°W / 37.93417; -122.53528[1]
Country  United States
State  California
County Marin
Incorporated March 1, 1908[2]
 • County Board Katie Rice (District 2)
Steve Kinsey (District 4)
 • Mayor Ann Morrison
 • City Manager Dan Schwarz
 • State Leg. Sen. Mark Leno (D)
Asm. Marc Levine (D)
 • U. S. Congress Jared Huffman (D)[3]
 • Total 3.243 sq mi (8.399 km2)
 • Land 3.027 sq mi (7.840 km2)
 • Water 0.216 sq mi (0.560 km2)  6.66%
Elevation[1] 43 ft (13 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 11,926
 • Density 3,700/sq mi (1,400/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 94939
Area code(s) 415
FIPS code 06-40438
GNIS feature ID 1658942
The sun rises over San Francisco Bay, as seen from the stern of the Larkspur ferry.

Larkspur is a city in Marin County, California, United States. Larkspur is located 3 miles (4.8 km) south of San Rafael,[5] at an elevation of 43 feet (13 m).[1] As of the 2010 Census, the city's population was 11,926. Larkspur is located north of San Francisco near Mount Tamalpais. Larkspur's Police Department is shared with that of the neighboring Corte Madera and town of San Anselmo. Intersecting Larkspur's downtown is Madrone Canyon, a residential area amidst a redwood grove.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.24 sq mi (8.4 km2). 3.03 sq mi (7.8 km2) of it is land and 0.22 sq mi (0.6 km2) of it (6.66%) is water.


Charles W. Wright laid out the town in 1887.[5] The first post office opened in 1891.[5] Larkspur incorporated in 1908.[5] Larkspur's Downtown Historic District, known also as Old Downtown Larkspur, is a historic district that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. The restored Art Deco Lark Theater is part of this downtown district.

In culture[edit]

The final scenes of Clint Eastwood's 1971 movie Dirty Harry were filmed in Larkspur at the old Hutchison Gravel Quarry (now Larkspur Landing).[6][7][8]

Scenes in the 1949 film noir Impact featured the home and gas station of the Probert family, in the location now occupied by The Tavern at Lark Creek.[9]

Notable residents[edit]

Many notable actors, sports figures, academicians, and politicians attended Larkspur's Redwood High School, including Pete Carroll, Gabrielle Carteris, Erin Gray, Gavin Newsom, David Strathairn, and Robin Williams.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 594
1920 612 3.0%
1930 1,241 102.8%
1940 1,558 25.5%
1950 2,905 86.5%
1960 5,710 96.6%
1970 10,487 83.7%
1980 11,064 5.5%
1990 11,070 0.1%
2000 12,014 8.5%
2010 11,926 −0.7%
Est. 2011 12,054 1.1%
State Census data [1]
2011 estimate


The 2010 United States Census[11] reported that Larkspur had a population of 11,926. The population density was 3,677.5 people per square mile (1,419.9/km²). The racial makeup of Larkspur was 10,311 (86.5%) White, 186 (1.6%) African American, 26 (0.2%) Native American, 563 (4.7%) Asian, 13 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 343 (2.9%) from other races, and 484 (4.1%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 918 persons (7.7%).

The Census reported that 11,803 people (99.0% of the population) lived in households, 42 (0.4%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 81 (0.7%) were institutionalized.

There were 5,908 households, out of which 1,314 (22.2%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 2,266 (38.4%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 433 (7.3%) had a female householder with no husband present, 197 (3.3%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 329 (5.6%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 74 (1.3%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 2,502 households (42.3%) were made up of individuals and 1,009 (17.1%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.00. There were 2,896 families (49.0% of all households); the average family size was 2.77.

The population was spread out with 2,176 people (18.2%) under the age of 18, 466 people (3.9%) aged 18 to 24, 2,620 people (22.0%) aged 25 to 44, 4,103 people (34.4%) aged 45 to 64, and 2,561 people (21.5%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48.5 years. For every 100 females there were 81.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.0 males.

There were 6,376 housing units at an average density of 1,966.1 per square mile (759.1/km²), of which 2,898 (49.1%) were owner-occupied, and 3,010 (50.9%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.5%; the rental vacancy rate was 7.1%. 6,494 people (54.5% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 5,309 people (44.5%) lived in rental housing units.


As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 12,014 people, 6,142 households, and 2,899 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,833.7 people per square mile (1,482.0/km²). There were 6,413 housing units at an average density of 2,046.4 per square mile (791.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city in 2010 was 82.1% non-Hispanic White, 1.5% non-Hispanic African American, 0.1% Native American, 4.7% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.6% from other races, and 3.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.7% of the population.

There were 6,142 households out of which 19.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.4% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 52.8% were non-families. 43.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.93 and the average family size was 2.69.

In the city the population was spread out with 16.4% under the age of 18, 3.3% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 31.8% from 45 to 64, and 19.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 82.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $66,710, and the median income for a family was $104,028. Males had a median income of $83,252 versus $49,421 for females. The per capita income for the city was $56,983. About 1.8% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.3% of those under age 18 and 2.9% of those age 65 or over.

Ferry service[edit]

Ferries docked at the Larkspur Landing in Larkspur, California.

Larkspur is the location for one of Golden Gate Transit's Larkspur Landing, the main ferry terminal for its commuter passenger ferry service between Marin County and the San Francisco Ferry Building and job centers in the Financial District. This Golden Gate Ferry portals and has a ridership of over 8,500 per day, on average. There is special direct ferry service from the Larkspur Ferry Terminal to AT&T Park for San Francisco Giants games. Parking at the ferry terminal regularly exceeds capacity and there are currently free parking shuttles to nearby areas to serve riders.


Larkspur-Corte Madera School District serves Larkspur for elementary and middle school. Neil Cummins Elementary School and Hall Middle School serve both Corte Madera and Larkspur. To relieve overcrowding at the elementary level, students from 5th grade to 8th grade attend middle school. The former San Clemente Elementary School will be reopened in mid 2014 under a new name, The Cove School. In lieu of extensive retrofit to the existing structures, new buildings are being built on the same site. This school will serve neighborhoods currently served by Neil Cummins Elementary, mostly to the west of Highway 101, and new developments in the area.

The Tamalpais Union High School District comprises five high schools that serve the region.

Town twinning[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Larkspur". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "California Cities by Incorporation Date" (Word). California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions. Retrieved August 25, 2014. 
  3. ^ "California's 2nd Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ U.S. Census
  5. ^ a b c d Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 652. ISBN 1-884995-14-4. 
  6. ^ "Ferry History". Golden Gate Ferry. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  7. ^ "FINALE – Hutchinson Co. Quarry, Larkspur Landing, CA « Dirty Harry Filming Locations". Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  8. ^ Poskanzer, Jef. "20sep2002 Dirty Harry / mvc-3540". Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  9. ^ Larkspur Past and Present: A History and Walking Guide. Larkspur Heritage Preservation Board. 2010. ISBN 978-0-615-39511-1. 
  10. ^ Brad Breithaupt (2008-01-31). "County to buy slice of Janis Joplin's former Larkspur estate". Marin Independent Journal. 
  11. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Larkspur city". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  12. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  13. ^ Jason, Will (2012-11-15). "China delegation visits Marin schools, health care institutions". Marin Independent Journal. Retrieved 2013-05-17. 


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