|Town of Ross|
|— Town —|
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|• Mayor||William Cahill|
|• Mayor Pro Tem||Richard Strauss|
|• Town Manager||Gary Broad|
|• State Leg.||Sen. Mark Leno (D)
Asm. Marc Levine (D)
|• U. S. Congress||Jared Huffman (D)|
|• Town||1.556 sq mi (4.031 km2)|
|• Land||1.556 sq mi (4.031 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2) 0%|
|Elevation||36 ft (11 m)|
|• Density||1,600/sq mi ( 600/km2)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC-7)|
|GNIS feature ID||0277587|
Ross is a small incorporated town in Marin County, California, United States, just north of San Francisco. Ross is located 1.5 miles (2.4 km) west-southwest of San Rafael, at an elevation of 36 feet (11 m). The population was 2,415 at the 2010 census. The town is bordered by Kentfield and Greenbrae to the east, Larkspur to the south and San Anselmo to the north.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2), all of it land.
After the Mexican Revolution of 1821, the “land grant” system of parceling out land gave rise to what is now known as Marin County. Ross was originally part of an 8,877-acre Mexican land grant to Juan B.R. Cooper in 1840 known as Ranch Punta de Quentin Canada de San Anselmo.
In 1857, James Ross (1812–1862) bought Rancho Punta de Quentin for $50,000. Ross, a Scot who had arrived in San Francisco from Australia in 1848 and made his fortune in the wholesale liquor business, set up a trading post called "Ross Landing". He built his home on Redwood Drive and moved there with his wife and three children. When James Ross died in 1862, his wife, Annie Ross, was forced to sell a portion of James Ross’ larger land holdings to pay each of their daughters $10,000. The 297 acres she had remaining make up part of the Town of Ross today.
The 2010 United States Census reported that Ross had a population of 2,415. The population density was 1,551.8 people per square mile (599.2/km²). The racial makeup of Ross was 2,265 (93.8%) White, 6 (0.2%) African American, 2 (0.1%) Native American, 45 (1.9%) Asian, 3 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 19 (0.8%) from other races, and 75 (3.1%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 94 persons (3.9%).
The Census reported that 2,363 people (97.8% of the population) lived in households, 52 (2.2%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.
There were 798 households, out of which 357 (44.7%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 575 (72.1%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 55 (6.9%) had a female householder with no husband present, 28 (3.5%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 13 (1.6%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 7 (0.9%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 120 households (15.0%) were made up of individuals and 60 (7.5%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.96. There were 658 families (82.5% of all households); the average family size was 3.26.
The population was spread out with 731 people (30.3%) under the age of 18, 108 people (4.5%) aged 18 to 24, 362 people (15.0%) aged 25 to 44, 801 people (33.2%) aged 45 to 64, and 413 people (17.1%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45.1 years. For every 100 females there were 92.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.0 males.
There were 884 housing units at an average density of 568.0 per square mile (219.3/km²), of which 686 (86.0%) were owner-occupied, and 112 (14.0%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.0%; the rental vacancy rate was 5.7%. 2,078 people (86.0% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 285 people (11.8%) lived in rental housing units.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,329 people, 761 households, and 626 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,461.5 people per square mile (565.6/km²). There were 805 housing units at an average density of 505.2 per square mile (195.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town in 2010 was 90.9% non-Hispanic White, 0.2% non-Hispanic African American, 1.9% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.3% from other races, and 2.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.9% of the population.
There were 761 households out of which 44.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.0% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.7% were non-families. 12.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.94 and the average family size was 3.21.
In the town the population was spread out with 30.2% under the age of 18, 3.4% from 18 to 24, 21.3% from 25 to 44, 32.8% from 45 to 64, and 12.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 94.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.0 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $102,015, and the median income for a family was $102,593. Males had a median income of $75,784 versus $52,083 for females. The per capita income for the town was $51,150. About 5.6% of families and 8.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.2% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over.
According to the California Secretary of State, as of October 22, 2012, Ross has 1,677 registered voters. Of those, 723 (43.1%) are registered Democrats, 507 (30.2%) are registered Republicans, 388 (23.1%) have declined to state a political party, and 59 are registered with other parties.
- The Branson School
- Ross School
Notable residents 
- Julia Child
- Frank Moore Cross
- John Gray
- Dean Karnazes
- Phil Lesh
- Huey Lewis
- Gavin Newsom
- Jennifer Siebel
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Ross, California
- "California's 2nd Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
- U.S. Census
- Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 692. ISBN 9781884995149.
- A Ross History Timeline[dead link]
- 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.
- CA Secretary of State – Report of Registration – October 22, 2012
- Marin move jeopardizes Gavin Newsom’s S.F. party seat | City Insider | an SFGate.com blog
- Town of Ross community portal