About Marin County, California
Marin County is located in the northwestern part of the San Francisco Bay Area of California, with an estimated population of 266,285 as of the 2024 census. It is the smallest of the San Francisco Bay Area counties, both in size and population. Marin County is known for its natural beauty, including the Muir Woods redwood forest, beaches for surfing and strolling, waterfalls, marshes, creeks, and a genuine mountain. It is home to one of the most affluent, active, and civically minded populations in the United States. Marin County is a great place to live, with highly rated public schools, a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks, and many retirees. The county is fairly close to both San Francisco and the East Bay. However, the cost of living is high, and the rent is expensive. Marin County is also known for its diverse communities, including the jewel box cities of Sausalito, Tiburon, and Belvedere, wooded, intimate communities like Mill Valley, Larkspur, Ross, Kentfield, and Fairfax, and the county seat and home to the Civic Center, San Rafael. West Marin is largely rural and is the center of the nation’s organic farming movement.