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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B
Marin County is located in California with a population of 260,814. Marin County is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Marin County offers residents a suburban feel and 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
$908,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,863
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    36%
  • Own
    64%
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Marin County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
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
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    16%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    25%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    32%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    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
$104,703
National
$55,322

Marin County Reviews

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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.
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Marin is the most beautiful place to live! I grew up here and went through the public school system. Although, some public schools are better than others in this area I was very successful and attended an UC for college. This place is great for hiking, farmers markets, progressive views, and so much more.
Marin is a beautiful county, with lots of nature next to cute towns and just a 40 minute drive from San Francisco. It has excellent food and lots of healthy living. It has okay public schools, but is lacking in its public middle schools. Marin is not all that diverse, but has concentrated areas of diversity. Also, housing here is extremely expensive, but if you have the money to spend it is a very family friendly suburb.