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Kentfield
census-designated place
Location in Marin County and the state of California
Location in Marin County and the state of California
Country  United States
State  California
County Marin
Area
 • Total 3.041 sq mi (7.876 km2)
 • Land 3.025 sq mi (7.835 km2)
 • Water 0.016 sq mi (0.041 km2)  0.52%
Elevation 115 ft (35 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 6,485
 • Density 2,132.5/sq mi (823.39/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 94904, 94914 (PO boxes)
Area codes 415/628
FIPS code 06-38114
GNIS feature ID 1658892

Kentfield (formerly Ross Landing, Tamalpais, and Kent) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Marin County, California, United States, just north of San Francisco. Kentfield is located on the Northwestern Pacific Railroad 2 miles (3.2 km) southwest of downtown San Rafael, at an elevation of 115 feet (35 m). The population was 6,485 at the 2010 census. The ZIP codes are 94904 for street addresses, and 94914 for PO boxes, and are shared with the neighboring community of Greenbrae.

Geography

Kentfield is located on the eastern slopes of Mount Tamalpais. It is at 37°57′08″N 122°33′26″W / 37.95222°N 122.55722°W / 37.95222; -122.55722.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.8 km2), of which, 3.0 square miles (7.8 km2) of it is land and 0.52% is water.

Climate

The National Weather Service reports that Kentfield's warmest months are July and August, with an average high of 84 °F (29 °C) and an average low of 53 °F (12 °C). December and January are the coolest months with an average high of 56 °F (13 °C) and an average low of 41 °F (5 °C). The highest temperature on record was 112 °F (44 °C) on July 11, 1913. The lowest temperature recorded was 17 °F (−8 °C) on December 31, 1915.

Kentfield has one of the highest average rainfalls of any community in the San Francisco Bay Area; normally 47.98 inches (1,219 mm) of rain falls each year on an average of 68.6 days. The most rainfall in a month was 26.95 inches (68.45 cm) in February 1986 and the most in 24 hours was 11.56 inches (27.74 cm) on January 21, 1967. Although heavy snow sometimes falls on nearby Mount Tamalpais, snow is rare in Kentfield; however, traces were reported on January 28 and December 13, 1972.

Climate data for Kentfield, California (1981-2010 normals)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 56.4
(13.56)
61.4
(16.33)
65.8
(18.78)
69.9
(21.06)
75.2
(24)
80.8
(27.11)
87.
(30.6)
86.0
(30)
82.4
(28)
75.4
(24.11)
63.7
(17.61)
56.3
(13.5)
71.3
(21.83)
Average low °F (°C) 41.1
(5.06)
43.0
(6.11)
44.3
(6.83)
45.8
(7.67)
48.8
(9.33)
51.7
(10.94)
52.9
(11.61)
53.0
(11.67)
52.0
(11.11)
49.4
(9.67)
45.2
(7.33)
42
(5.6)
47.4
(8.56)
Precipitation inches (mm) 9.00
(228.6)
9.09
(230.9)
6.57
(166.9)
2.59
(65.8)
1.47
(37.3)
.27
(6.9)
0
(0)
.06
(1.5)
.26
(6.6)
2.21
(56.1)
6.47
(164.3)
10.01
(254.3)
47.98
(1,218.7)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 11.3 11.2 10.4 5.8 3.4 1.0 .1 .3 1.3 3.6 8.4 11.8 68.6
Source: NOAA

History

In 1857, James Ross (1812–1862) bought Rancho Punta de Quentin. Ross, a Scot who had arrived in San Francisco from Australia in 1848 and made his fortune in the wholesale liquor business, set up a trading post called "Ross Landing". Steamers would come up Corte Madera Creek to the landing there. Albert Emmett Kent bought the land from the Ross estate in 1871. Kent built an estate called Tamalpais, later applied to the settlement by the railroad. Albert Emmett Kent's son, William Kent, was a US Congressman, philanthropist and founder of Muir Woods.

The name of the town was changed to Kent in the 1890s, and finally to Kentfield with the opening of the first post office in 1905.

Demographics

2010

The 2010 United States Census reported that Kentfield had a population of 6,485. The population density was 2,132.6 people per square mile (823.4/km²). The racial makeup of Kentfield was 5,908 (91.1%) White, 35 (0.5%) African American, 10 (0.2%) Native American, 224 (3.5%) Asian, 7 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 95 (1.5%) from other races, and 206 (3.2%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 299 persons (4.6%).

The Census reported that 6,463 people (99.7% of the population) lived in households, 13 (0.2%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 9 (0.1%) were institutionalized.

There were 2,572 households, out of which 893 (34.7%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 1,562 (60.7%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 200 (7.8%) had a female householder with no husband present, 78 (3.0%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 83 (3.2%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 25 (1.0%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 600 households (23.3%) were made up of individuals and 285 (11.1%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51. There were 1,840 families (71.5% of all households); the average family size was 2.97.

The population was spread out with 1,660 people (25.6%) under the age of 18, 265 people (4.1%) aged 18 to 24, 1,092 people (16.8%) aged 25 to 44, 2,206 people (34.0%) aged 45 to 64, and 1,262 people (19.5%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47.0 years. For every 100 females there were 91.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.0 males.

There were 2,758 housing units at an average density of 907.0 per square mile (350.2/km²), of which 1,948 (75.7%) were owner-occupied, and 624 (24.3%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0.8%; the rental vacancy rate was 8.1%. 5,202 people (80.2% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 1,261 people (19.4%) lived in rental housing units.

2000

As of the census of 2000, there were 6,351 people, 2,506 households, and 1,806 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,119.5 people per square mile (817.4/km²). There were 2,565 housing units at an average density of 856.0 per square mile (330.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP in 2010 was 88.3% non-Hispanic White, 0.5% non-Hispanic Black or African American, 0.1% Native American, 3.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.2% from other races, and 2.7% from two or more races. 4.6% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,506 households out of which 34.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.3% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.9% were non-families. 21.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 3.4% from 18 to 24, 22.0% from 25 to 44, 32.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 93.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.9 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $117,457, and the median income for a family was $154,673. Males had a median income of $88,000 versus $59,286 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $79,459. About 2.8% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.7% of those under age 18 and 1.9% of those age 65 or over.

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