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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Housing
    C-
  3. Nightlife
    A
  4. Good for Families
    A+
  5. Diversity
    B+
  6. Jobs
    B
  7. Weather
    A+
  8. Cost of Living
    D-
  9. Health & Fitness
    A+
  10. Outdoor Activities
    A
  11. Commute
    B
Marin County is located in California with a population of 260,295. Marin County is one of the best places to live in California. In Marin County, most residents own their homes. In Marin County there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many retirees live in Marin County and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Marin County are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$959,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,970
National
$949
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    36%
  • Own
    64%
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Marin County Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    105.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    0.6
    6.1
  • Rape
    16.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    78.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    329.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,459.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    241.1
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    9%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    16%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    26%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    33%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    11%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

Working in Marin County

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$110,217
National
$55,322

Marin County Reviews

26 reviews
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I’ve lived a lot of places and when it comes to natural beauty Marin is probably number one. With over 85 percent of its land set aside as ‘open space’ meaning parks and protected wilderness it always will be. The ocean is on one side the bay on the other. San Francisco is just across the most beautiful bridge in the world and wine country just to the north.

Quant towns that look like Rockwell illustrations and a Mediterranean climate round it all out. Marin has quite an interesting history that comes from rock stars, hippies and periods of ‘anything goes lifestyles’ that have thrived here. The population is on the wealthy side but it’s not flashy or snobby like Beverly Hills type of enclaves. That is even frowned upon. The schools are great. The politics are liberal. It doesn’t have a lot of racial or ethnic diversity mainly because building restrictions and land use policies don’t leave much room for a diverse nor affordable housing stock.
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Quiet, clean, community-centered county. Some of the best public schools in the state and extremely safe area with almost no homeless people. Houses are beautiful and new, there is an abundance of nature, and commuting to or from
San Francisco or the East Bay is hassle-free.
Marin County is so beautiful and diverse in it's environment. There truly isn't anywhere else like it on earth. You can be at the Marin Headlands or Stinson beach, and within an hour of driving, you're up in wine country. This means that a lot of the population of Marin County is very active and outdoorsy. Marin County is the perfect distance to San Francisco, close but not too close. Additionally, the schools all throughout Marin County are amazing. In retrospect, it was very nice to grow up here in Marin County.