|City of Larkspur|
|— City —|
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|• County Board||Hal Brown (District 2)
Steve Kinsey (District 4)
|• Mayor||Daniel J. Hillmer|
|• City Manager||Dan Schwarz|
|• State Leg.||Sen. Mark Leno (D)
Asm. Marc Levine (D)
|• U. S. Congress||Jared Huffman (D)|
|• 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||43 ft (13 m)|
|• Density||3,700/sq mi ( 1,400/km2)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC-7)|
|GNIS feature ID||1658942|
Larkspur is a city in Marin County, California, United States. Larkspur is located 3 miles (4.8 km) south of San Rafael, at an elevation of 43 feet (13 m). 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. Adjacent to Larkspur's downtown is Madrone Canyon, which is a residential area and 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. The first post office opened in 1891. Larkspur incorporated in 1908. 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 
Notable residents 
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.
- Janis Joplin's last known residence was located in Larkspur at 380 West Baltimore Avenue.
- Leon Uris wrote his acclaimed first novel, Battle Cry, in Larkspur. It was published in 1953.
- Ki Longfellow grew up in Larkspur's Madrone Canyon.
The 2010 United States Census 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 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 
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 6,000 per day, on average. There is special direct ferry service from the Larkspur Ferry Terminal to AT&T Park for San Francisco Giants games.
See also 
- Corte Madera, California ("twin city" of Larkspur)
- Shangyu City, China (sister city of Larkspur in China)
- Larkspur Landing
- Marin County
- List of people from Marin County, California
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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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