|City of Larkspur|
Larkspur City Hall in 2010
Location of Larkspur, California
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||March 1, 1908|
|• County Board||Katie Rice (District 2)
Steve Kinsey (District 4)
|• Mayor||Catherine Way|
|• City Manager||Dan Schwarz|
|• State Leg.||Sen. Mike McGuire (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)|
|Population (April 1, 2010)|
|• Estimate (2013)||12,204|
|• Density||3,700/sq mi (1,400/km2)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC-7)|
|GNIS feature IDs||1658942, 2411627|
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 as the Central Marin Police Authority. 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. 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 2014 a 4,500 year old Coast Miwok Indian burial ground and village was found near Larkspur and destroyed to make way for a multimillion-dollar housing development. The 300 feet (91 m) long site contained Coast Miwok life from before the time of King Tut's tomb, including 600 human burials, tools, musical instruments and harpoon tips along with bones of bears and a ceremonial California condor burial.
In popular culture
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.
- Leonard Gardner, author of the novel Fat City, lives in Larkspur.
- Ki Longfellow grew up in Larkspur's Madrone Canyon.
- Matt Doyle, Broadway actor.
- Michael Savage, conservative broadcaster.
- Corinne West, singer/songwriter.
- Buddy Biancalana, former shortstop for the Kansas City Royals
Federal and state
In the United States House of Representatives, Larkspur is in California's 2nd congressional district, represented by Democrat Jared Huffman. From 2008 to 2012, Huffman represented Marin County in the California State Assembly.
In the California State Legislature, Larkspur is in:
- the 10th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Marc Levine
- the 2nd Senate District, represented by Democrat Mike McGuire.
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.
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. Neil Cummins serves grades K to 5, while Hall serves grades 6 to 8. The former San Clemente Elementary School has been reopened as The Cove School. In lieu of extensive retrofit to the existing structures, new buildings have been 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.
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