Marina del Rey, California
|Marina del Rey|
|— census-designated place —|
|Los Angeles International Airport and Palos Verdes Peninsula in the background.|
|Los Angeles County, California and of Los Angeles County, California within California.|
|• Total||1.455 sq mi (3.768 km2)|
|• Land||0.860 sq mi (2.226 km2)|
|• Water||0.595 sq mi (1.541 km2) 40.91%|
|Elevation||16 ft (5 m)|
|• Density||6,100/sq mi ( 2,400/km2)|
|Time zone||Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC-7)|
|ZIP codes||90291–90292, 90295|
|Area code(s)||310, 424|
|GNIS feature ID||1852255|
Marina del Rey is an affluent unincorporated seaside community and census-designated place (CDP) in Los Angeles County, California. A Westside locale, the population was 8,866 at the 2010 census. Fisherman's Village offers a view of Marina del Rey's dominant feature, the Marina, the world's largest man-made small craft harbor with 19 marinas with capacity for 5,300 boats and is home port to approximately 6,500 boats. The harbor, the Los Angeles Times said in 1997, is "perhaps the county's most valuable resource".
Prior to its development as a small craft harbor, the land occupied by Marina del Rey was a salt-marsh fed by freshwater from the Ballona Creek, frequented by duck hunters and few others. Burton W. Chace, a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, referred to the area as mud flats, though today the area would more properly be referred to as wetlands.
In the mid-19th century, M.C. Wicks thought of turning this Playa del Rey estuary into a commercial port. He formed the Ballona Development Company in 1888 to develop the area, but three years later the company went bankrupt.
In 1916, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers revisited the idea of a commercial harbor, but declared it economically impractical. In 1936 the U.S. Congress ordered a re-evaluation of that determination, and the Army Corps of Engineers returned with a more favorable determination; however, the Marina del Rey harbor concept lost out to San Pedro as a commercial harbor and development funding went to the Port of Los Angeles instead.
In 1953, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors authorized a $2 million loan to fund construction of the marina. Since the loan only covered about half the cost, the U.S. Congress passed and President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed Public Law 780 making construction possible. Ground breaking began shortly after.
With construction almost complete, the marina was put in danger in 1962–1963 due to a winter storm. The storm caused millions of dollars in damage to both the marina and the few small boats anchored there. A plan was put into effect to build a breakwater at the mouth of the marina, and the L.A. County Board of Supervisors appropriated $2.1 million to build it. On April 10, 1965 Marina del Rey was formally dedicated. The total cost of the marina was $36.25 million for land, construction, and initial operation.
Marina del Rey falls within unincorporated Los Angeles County and is southeast of the L.A. City community of Venice and north of the L.A. City community of Playa del Rey, near the mouth of the Ballona Creek. It is located four miles (6 km) north of Los Angeles International Airport.
It is bounded on all sides by the City of Los Angeles. The beach-style homes, the strip of land against the beach, and the beach itself (see photo), west of the harbor, are within the City of Los Angeles limits, but share the same zip code as Marina del Rey. The name of this strip is the Marina Peninsula. Via Dolce and the southern portion of Via Marina are the boundaries between L.A. City and the unincorporated area.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Marina del Rey has an area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2). Nine-tenths of a square mile (2.2 km²) is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) is water (40.91%).
The marina itself, a specially designed harbor with moorings for pleasure craft and small boats, is surrounded by high-rise condos, hotels, apartments, shops, and restaurants. The area also includes the University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute, the UCLA Marina Aquatic Center, and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which regulates the Internet's address and domain name systems.
|Climate data for Marina del Rey, California|
|Average high °F (°C)||67
|Average low °F (°C)||46
|Precipitation inches (mm)||3.19
The 2010 United States Census reported that Marina del Rey had a population of 8,866. The population density was 6,094.6 people per square mile (2,353.1/km²). The racial makeup of Marina del Rey was 7,071 (79.8%) White, 465 (5.2%) African American, 31 (0.3%) Native American, 749 (8.4%) Asian, 10 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 154 (1.7%) from other races, and 386 (4.4%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 686 persons (7.7%).
The Census reported that 8,860 people (99.9% of the population) lived in households, 6 (0.1%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.
There were 5,600 households, out of which 429 (7.7%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 1,317 (23.5%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 215 (3.8%) had a female householder with no husband present, 126 (2.3%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 541 (9.7%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 45 (0.8%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. Of the households, 3,037 (54.2%) were made up of individuals and 601 (10.7%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.58. There were 1,658 families (29.6% of all households); the average family size was 2.32.
The population was spread out with 565 people (6.4%) under the age of 18, 487 people (5.5%) aged 18 to 24, 4,150 people (46.8%) aged 25 to 44, 2,473 people (27.9%) aged 45 to 64, and 1,191 people (13.4%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.0 years. For every 100 females there were 103.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.9 males.
There were 6,742 housing units at an average density of 4,634.5 per square mile (1,789.4/km²), of which 644 (11.5%) were owner-occupied, and 4,956 (88.5%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0.5%; the rental vacancy rate was 11.4%. 936 people (10.6% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 7,924 people (89.4%) lived in rental housing units.
As of the census of 2000, there were 8,176 people, 5,315 households, and 1,520 families residing in the Census Designated Place (CDP). The population density was 9,289.5 inhabitants per square mile (3,587.2/km²). There were 6,321 housing units at an average density of 7,181.8 per square mile (2,773.4/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 82.46% White, 4.68% African American, 0.16% Native American, 8.21% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 1.30% from other races, and 3.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.34% of the population.
There were 5,315 households out of which 6.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 22.7% were married couples living together, 3.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 71.4% were non-families. Of all households, 57.3% were made up of individuals and 6.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.54 and the average family size was 2.31.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 6.4% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 50.4% from 25 to 44, 28.2% from 45 to 64, and 10.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 108.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 108.6 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $68,447, and the median income for a family was $84,390. Males had a median income of $66,928 versus $51,854 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $58,530. About 6.5% of families and 8.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.6% of those under age 18 and 6.2% of those age 65 or over.
Points of interest 
- Fisherman's Village
- Burton W. Chace Park—the Marina del Rey Summer Concert Series is held here on Thursdays and Saturdays from June to August.
- California Yacht Club
- UCLA Marina Aquatic Center
- Ballona Wetlands
- Lloyd Taber Marina del Rey Library
Parks and recreation 
The Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors operates parks. Burton W. Chace Park has barbecues, harbor viewing areas, multi-purpose rooms, pergolas, guest docks, picnic shelters, and picnic tables. Yvonne B. Burke Park, originally Admiralty Park, received its current name in April 2009.
The marina is also known for its enjoyable water sports. Motorboats and kayaks can be rented at the Fisherman's Village area for very reasonable prices. The marina offers access to the Pacific Ocean for boaters, and kayakers can enjoy exploring the spread-out basins.
- TheBrain Technologies
- Gravity Interactive
- Sonic Management
- Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
The Marina Expressway, California State Route 90, terminates at Lincoln Blvd (California State Route 1) in northeastern Marina del Rey and links the area with Culver City. A water shuttle service, the WaterBus, is operated between several points throughout the harbor and offers service for US$1 per person. The WaterBus operates July 4 to Labor Day until 9:00pm daily.
Street layout 
The Marina Expy. terminates and flows into SR-1, marked additionally as Lincoln Bl. Traveling north on SR-1/Lincoln Bl., the first junction reached is that of Maxella Avenue, a major east-west thoroughfare. Traveling south on SR-1/Lincoln Bl., the first junction reached off the Expressway is that of Bali Way, which connects to Admiralty Way, which encircles the Northern Marina as a whole. Admiralty Way terminates at Via Marina on its western end and at Fiji Way on its eastern end. Most major businesses and buildings in the Marina are situated along Admiralty Way, which is, in some ways, the Marina's Main Street.
As part of the man-made design of the boat harbor, there were eight basins built and there are six respective land jetouts separating those basins, each of which has at least one street. From the northeastern end of the Marina, going clockwise, these streets are: Bali Way, Mindanao Way (with west terminus at Burton Chace Park), Fiji Way (bordering the southeastern edge of the Marina), Bora Bora Way, Tahiti Way, Marquesas Way, Panay Way, and Palawan Way. Panay Way, Marquesas Way, Tahiti Way, and Bora Bora Way are all on the western side of the Marina and all terminate at Via Marina. Palawan Way is also on the west side, but it terminates at Washington Bl.
As for Washington Blvd., this major thoroughfare is present in the northwestern Marina, and then heads into Venice, where it intersects with SR-1/Lincoln Bl.. Washington Blvd. marks the northern terminus of Palawan Way and Via Marina.
Government and infrastructure 
Marina del Rey is governed and serviced by the County of Los Angeles and rests under the management of the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors. All of the area's lands and waters are owned by the County of Los Angeles and are leased to private leaseholders on long-term agreements.
Residents are represented by their local elected Supervisor to the Fourth District of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, represented by Don Knabe. In the State legislature Marina del Rey is located in the 28th Senate District, represented by Democrat Ted Lieu, and in the 53rd Assembly District, represented by Democrat Betsy Butler. Federally, Marina del Rey is located in California's 36th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of D +12 and is represented by Democrat Janice Hahn.
Fire protection in Marina del Rey is provided by the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The LACFD operates Station #110 at 4433 Admiralty Way as a part of Battalion 1. Public safety services within Marina del Rey are provided by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services SPA 5 West Area Health Office serves Marina del Rey.
There are no schools located within Marina del Rey; the community is a part of the Los Angeles Unified School District. The area is within Board District 4. As of 2009 Steve Zimmer represents the district. Its students are within the attendance areas of Coeur d'Alene Avenue Elementary School, Marina del Rey Middle School, and Venice High School.
Public libraries 
County of Los Angeles Public Library operates the Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library. The Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors opened the library, then known as the Marina del Rey Library, in 1976 to serve clientele of the marina. In 1999 the Marina Foundation, the County of Los Angeles Public Library, and the County Board of Supervisors had the Greg and Mimi Wenger Community Room added to the library. The library was renamed after Lloyd Taber, the main donor to the project. The library has a nautical collection to serve small boaters in the area.
See also 
- U.S. Census
- "Welcome Wave at the Marina". Editorial. Los Angeles Times. April 17, 1997.
- "Marina del Rey, CA Normal Temperatures and Precipitation". Retrieved Jan 15 2011.
- "CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING (1790-2000)". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2010-07-17.
- http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=DEC_10_PL_GCTPL1.ST13&prodType=table US Census Bureau
- 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.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Burton W. Chase Park". County of Los Angeles. Retrieved on March 22, 2010.
- "Yvonne B. Burke Park". County of Los Angeles. Retrieved on March 22, 2010.
- "Attractions Los Angeles 2007". ICANN. Retrieved on September 16, 2009.
- Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors.
- "Will Gerrymandered Districts Stem the Wave of Voter Unrest?". Campaign Legal Center Blog. Retrieved 2008-02-10.
- "Marina del Rey Station". Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Retrieved on January 21, 2010.
- "Hometown Fire Stations". Los Angeles County Fire Department. Retrieved on December 6, 2008.
- "About Us". Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Retrieved on March 18, 2010.
- Board District 4 Map. Los Angeles Unified School District. Retrieved on November 24, 2008.
- "Board Members". Los Angeles Unified School District. Retrieved on September 16, 2009.
- "Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library". County of Los Angeles Public Library. Retrieved on December 6, 2008.
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