Strawberry, Marin County, California

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Strawberry
CDP
Location in Marin County and the state of California
Location in Marin County and the state of California
Strawberry CDP, California (orange)
Strawberry CDP, California (orange)
Coordinates: 37°53′49″N 122°30′32″W / 37.89694°N 122.50889°W / 37.89694; -122.50889Coordinates: 37°53′49″N 122°30′32″W / 37.89694°N 122.50889°W / 37.89694; -122.50889
Country  United States
State  California
County Marin
3rd District
Government
 • Type Recreation District
 • County Board District 3
Charles McGlashan
 • State Senate Mark Leno (D)
 • Assembly Marc Levine (D)
 • U. S. Congress Jared Huffman (D)[1]
Area[2]
 • Total 1.332 sq mi (3.450 km2)
 • Land 1.317 sq mi (3.411 km2)
 • Water 0.015 sq mi (0.040 km2)  1.14%
Elevation [3] 223 ft (68 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 5,393
 • Density 4,094.9/sq mi (1,581.1/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 94941
Area Code 415
FIPS code 06-75315
GNIS feature ID 1867062
Website http://strawberry.marin.org

Strawberry, California is a census-designated place (CDP) and an unincorporated district of Mill Valley in Marin County, California, United States. It is separated from Mill Valley by U.S. Route 101. The population was 5,393 at the 2010 census.

Geography[edit]

Strawberry is located at 37°53′49″N 122°30′32″W / 37.89694°N 122.50889°W / 37.89694; -122.50889.[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2), of which, 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2) of it is land and 0.02 square miles (0.052 km2) of it (1.14%) is water.

Ring Mountain, holding significant evidence of Native American habitation, dominates the high ground east of Strawberry on the Tiburon Peninsula.[4]

Strawberry Spit was once the gathering site of harbor seals, who previously lived and fished here, but after development on the spit began in the 1980s they left.[citation needed]

Strawberry is the site of a major transfer bus stop for Golden Gate Transit.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1990 4,377
2000 5,302 21.1%
2010 5,393 1.7%
source:[5]

2010[edit]

The 2010 United States Census[6] reported that 5,393 people, 2,510 households, and 1,307 families resided in the CDP. The population density was 4,094.9 people per square mile (1,581.1/km²). There were 2,729 housing units at an average density of 2,048.4 per square mile (790.9/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 80.2% White (76.1% non-Hispanic), 2.1% African American, 0.3% Native American, 10.9% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 1.8% from other races, and 4.3% from two or more races. 6.5% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.

The Census reported that 95.4% of the population lived in households, 4.5% lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0.1% were institutionalized.

There were 2,510 households out of which 25.5% had children under the age of 18 living in them, 41.0% were opposite-sex married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 3.1% had a male householder with no wife present. 4.6% of households were unmarried opposite-sex partnerships and 0.8% were same-sex married couples or partnerships. 40.6% of households were made up of individuals and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.05 and the average family size was 2.80.

The population was spread out with 19.9% under the age of 18, 4.2% aged 18 to 24, 27.7% aged 25 to 44, 30.8% aged 45 to 64, and 17.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44.0 years. For every 100 females there were 90.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.5 males.

There were 2,729 housing units of which 39.2% were owner-occupied and 60.8% were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.4%; the rental vacancy rate was 2.4%. 44.2% of the population lived in owner-occupied housing units and 51.2% lived in rental housing units.

2000[edit]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 5,302 people, 2,435 households, and 1,246 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 3,901.7 people per square mile (1,505.2/km²). There were 2,513 housing units at an average density of 1,849.3 per square mile (713.4/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP in 2010 was 76.1% non-Hispanic White, 2.1% non-Hispanic African American, 0.2% Native American, 10.9% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 0.3% from other races, and 3.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.5% of the population.

There were 2,435 households out of which 23.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.4% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 48.8% were non-families. 38.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.08 and the average family size was 2.79.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 18.7% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 35.2% from 25 to 44, 29.9% from 45 to 64, and 11.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 93.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.0 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $70,432, and the median income for a family was $99,409. Males had a median income of $70,298 versus $46,336 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $50,581. About 4.0% of families and 7.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.5% of those under age 18 and 2.9% of those age 65 or over.[8]

Educational institutions[edit]

Strawberry is home to one public school and one private college: Strawberry Point School (K - 5) and Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. Strawberry is in the Mill Valley School District, the Tamalpais Union High School District and the Marin Community College District. Strawberry is in the attendance areas for Mill Valley Middle School and Tamalpais High School.

Strawberry Point School[edit]

Strawberry Point School opened in 1952. Starting in 1956, 7th and 6th grade students attended Alto Junior High School, until Edna Maguire Junior High School opened in 1957. Edna Maguire is now an elementary school. Starting in 1969, 6th, 7th and 8th grade students attended Mill Valley Middle School. Strawberry Point School closed in 1990 and reopened in 2000.[9] Huey Lewis attended Strawberry Point School in the 1950s, where he skipped second grade.[10]

The song "Mill Valley", recorded in 1970 and released on the album Miss Abrams and the Strawberry Point 4th Grade Class [1], became a nationwide hit. (Listen to a clip of "Mill Valley".)

Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary[edit]

The site of the Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary on Strawberry Point was considered for the headquarters for the United Nations. This was because in the forties when the UN was established in San Francisco, Strawberry was undeveloped. It was seen as a tranquil and peaceful setting. New York City was eventually chosen.[11]

Government[edit]

Strawberry is unincorporated, receiving most of its general government services from Marin County. It is in the 3rd Supervisorial District and, as of 2007, is represented by Supervisor Charles McGlashan.[12] Some residents have been struggling for years to become an incorporated part of Tiburon, not Mill Valley. However, any vote that comes up before the residents is voted down.[citation needed]

The Strawberry Recreation District provides limited services in the area, including recreation facilities and management of garbage and recycling collection. It has an elected board of five directors. District boundaries do not exactly match those of the CDP.

Strawberry is in the Southern Marin Fire Protection District, which also serves Tamalpais Valley, Homestead Valley, Almonte, Alto, part of the Town of Tiburon, and, since 2004, the City of Sausalito. Prior to the creation of the District in 1999, Strawberry was in the Alto-Richardson Fire Protection District.[13]

Strawberry shares a zip code (94941) with Mill Valley (hence, addresses in Strawberry are listed as "Mill Valley") and falls within its school districts. However, it is considered within the sphere of influence of the Town of Tiburon, and there have been several unsuccessful ballot measures to incorporate into Tiburon. In the 1960s, before the creation of "Sphere of Influence" as a legal concept, there had been several other attempts to incorporate Strawberry into Mill Valley, but these too were voted down by Strawberry residents.

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