Larkspur, California
City of Larkspur
Larkspur City Hall in 2010
Larkspur City Hall in 2010
Official seal of Larkspur, California
Location of Larkspur in Marin County, California
Location of Larkspur in Marin County, California
Larkspur, California is located in the United States
Larkspur, California
Larkspur, California
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 37°56′03″N 122°32′07″W / 37.93417°N 122.53528°W / 37.93417; -122.53528[1]
Country United States
IncorporatedMarch 1, 1908[2]
 • County BoardKatie Rice (District 2)
Dennis Rodoni (District 4)
 • MayorGabe Paulson[3]
 • City ManagerDan Schwarz
 • State Leg.Sen. Mike McGuire (D)
Asm. Stephanie Nguyen (D)
 • U. S. CongressJared Huffman (D)[4]
 • Total3.24 sq mi (8.40 km2)
 • Land3.02 sq mi (7.84 km2)
 • Water0.22 sq mi (0.57 km2)  6.66%
Elevation43 ft (13 m)
 • Total13,064
 • Density4,000/sq mi (1,600/km2)
Time zoneUTC−08:00 (PST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−07:00 (PDT)
ZIP Code
Area codes415/628
FIPS code06-40438
GNIS feature IDs1658942, 2411627
View of Larkspur at sunrise as seen from the Blue Rock Inn, formerly Hotel Merwin built in 1895

Larkspur is a city in Marin County, California, United States. Larkspur is located 3 miles (4.8 km) south of San Rafael,[7] at an elevation of 43 feet (13 m).[1] As of the 2020 census, the city's population was 13,064. 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), of which 3.03 sq mi (7.8 km2) is land and 0.22 sq mi (0.6 km2) (6.66%) is water.


Charles W. Wright laid out the town in 1887.[7] The first post office opened in 1891.[7] Larkspur incorporated in 1908.[7] 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.


Murray Park is an unincorporated community in Larkspur. Escalle is named after a 19th century French immigrant.


Federal and state

In the United States House of Representatives, Larkspur is in California's 2nd congressional district, represented by Democrat Jared Huffman.[8] From 2008 to 2012, Huffman represented Marin County in the California State Assembly.

In the California State Legislature, Larkspur is in:

According to the California Secretary of State, as of February 10, 2019, Larkspur has 8,871 registered voters. Of those, 4,944 (55.7%) are registered Democrats, 1,250 (14.1%) are registered Republicans, and 2,324 (26.2%) have declined to state a political party.[10]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[11]


At the 2010 census Larkspur had a population of 11,926. The population density was 3,677.5 inhabitants 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 people (7.7%).[12]

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, 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 one person and 1,009 (17.1%) had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 2.00. There were 2,896 families (49.0% of households); the average family size was 2.77.

The age distribution was 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 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, of the occupied units 2,898 (49.1%) were owner-occupied and 3,010 (50.9%) were rented. 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.


At the 2000 census there were 12,014 people in 6,142 households, including 2,899 families, in the city. The population density was 3,833.7 inhabitants per square mile (1,480.2/km2). There were 6,413 housing units at an average density of 2,046.4 per square mile (790.1/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%.[13]

Of the 6,142 households 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 households were one person and 14.7% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 1.93 and the average family size was 2.69.

The age distribution was 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% 65 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 household income was $66,710 and the median family income 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

Ferries docked at the Larkspur Landing in Larkspur, California.

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 Oracle 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.

Rail service

The Sonoma–Marin Area Rail Transit commuter rail service was extended to Larkspur station in 2019. The line provides daily trips as far north as Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport and is eventually planned to extend to Cloverdale station.

The North Pacific Coast Railroad (later absorbed by the Northwestern Pacific Railroad) provided interurban services to Larkspur until 1941.


Larkspur-Corte Madera School District serves much of Larkspur for elementary and middle school.[14] 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 was reopened as The Cove School in 2014. In lieu of extensive retrofit to the existing structures, new buildings have been built on the same site. This school serves neighborhoods currently served by Neil Cummins Elementary, mostly to the west of Highway 101, and new developments in the area.[citation needed]

A portion of Larkspur is in the Kentfield Elementary School District.[14]

The Tamalpais Union High School District, which serves most of Larkspur (the Larkspur-Corte Madera and Kentfield district portions),[14] comprises five high schools that serve the region.

A portion of Larkspur is in the San Rafael Elementary School District and the San Rafael High School District, jointly operated as San Rafael City Schools.[14] Residents of the San Rafael high school district may choose either San Rafael High School or Terra Linda High School.[15]

Marin Primary and Middle School is a local private school.

In popular culture

Scenes in the 1949 film noir Impact featured several areas around Larkspur, including the home and gas station of the Probert family, in the location now occupied by Perry's Larkspur restaurant.[16] In the film, the town is frequently mentioned as being in Idaho.

The final scenes of Clint Eastwood's 1971 movie Dirty Harry were filmed in Larkspur at the old Hutchison Gravel Quarry (now Larkspur Landing).[17][18][19]

Town twinning

Notable people


See also


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  2. ^ "California Cities by Incorporation Date". California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions. Archived from the original (Word) on November 3, 2014. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
  3. ^ "Gabe Paulson, Mayor". Retrieved July 5, 2023.
  4. ^ "California's 2nd Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
  5. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  6. ^ "Larkspur (city) QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 12, 2021.
  7. ^ a b c d Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 652. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  8. ^ "California's 2nd Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved March 1, 2013.
  9. ^ "Members Assembly".
  10. ^ "CA Secretary of State – Report of Registration – February 10, 2019" (PDF). Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  12. ^ "2010 Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Larkspur city". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  13. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  14. ^ a b c d "2020 CENSUS - SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP: Marin County, CA" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved April 28, 2023. - Text list
  15. ^ "School Attendance Boundary Information". San Rafael City Schools. Retrieved April 29, 2023. What about High School?[...]
  16. ^ Larkspur Past and Present: A History and Walking Guide. Larkspur Heritage Preservation Board. 2010. ISBN 978-0-615-39511-1.
  17. ^ "Ferry History". Golden Gate Ferry. Retrieved November 17, 2012.
  18. ^ "FINALE – Hutchinson Co. Quarry, Larkspur Landing, CA « Dirty Harry Filming Locations". May 2009. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  19. ^ Poskanzer, Jef. "20sep2002 Dirty Harry / mvc-3540". Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  20. ^ Jason, Will (November 15, 2012). "China delegation visits Marin schools, health care institutions". Marin Independent Journal. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
  21. ^ Brad Breithaupt (January 31, 2008). "County to buy slice of Janis Joplin's former Larkspur estate". Marin Independent Journal.
  22. ^ "Ousted General Given Ovation". The San Bernardino Sun. San Bernardino, CA. Associated Press. August 18, 1947. p. 1 – via
  23. ^ Julian Guthrie (December 7, 2003). "Gonzalez, Newsom: What makes them run / From modest beginnings, Newsom finds connections for business, political success". San Francisco Chronicle.
  24. ^ Stone, Judy (April 25, 1953). "Rave Reviews For War Novel By Ex-Marine PFC Of Larkspur". Daily Independent Journal – via