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Muir Beach
Muir Beach as seen from the beach in December 2013
Muir Beach as seen from the beach in December 2013
Location in Marin County and the state of California
Location in Marin County and the state of California
Muir Beach CDP, California
Muir Beach CDP, California
Country  United States
State  California
County Marin
Government
 • Type Community Services District
Area
 • Total 0.493 sq mi (1.276 km2)
 • Land 0.493 sq mi (1.276 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation
312 ft (95 m)
Population
 • Total 304
 • Density 616.6/sq mi (238.2/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
94965
Area codes 415/628
FIPS code 06-49950
GNIS feature IDs 1853403, 2408888

Muir Beach is a census designated place (CDP), unincorporated community, and beach that is located 16.5 miles (26.6 km) northwest of San Francisco in western Marin County, California, United States. Unlike many other entities in the area, it is not named in honor of conservationist John Muir; instead, it was named after Muir Woods National Monument to capitalize on the latter's popularity. The population was 304 at the 2020 census. The community itself flanks the northwest side of the beach.

Located about 2 miles (3.2 km) from the entrance to Muir Woods, the beach is about 1,000 feet (305 m) long and 200 feet (61 m) wide, with coarse sand and several large boulders. Redwood Creek empties into the beach. There is a parking lot at the beach, which is accessible via a footbridge.

The beach was formerly called Big Lagoon after a freshwater lagoon that was located where the parking lot is now. Damage from 20th century dairy farms interfered with the flow of the creek and the lagoon.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²), all of it land.

The beach is one of the cleanest in the state.

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Muir Beach after sunset.

Demographics

2010

At the 2010 census Muir Beach had a population of 310. The population density was 629.0 people per square mile (242.9/km2). The racial makeup of Muir Beach was 283 (91.3%) White, 5 (1.6%) African American, 1 (0.3%) Native American, 12 (3.9%) Asian, 1 (0.3%) from other races, and 8 (2.6%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7 people (2.3%).

The census reported that 95.8% of the population lived in households and 4.2% lived in non-institutionalized group quarters.

There were 141 households, 27 (19.1%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 79 (56.0%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 4 (2.8%) had a female householder with no husband present, 3 (2.1%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 11 (7.8%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 1 (0.7%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 39 households (27.7%) were one person and 11 (7.8%) had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 2.11. There were 86 families (61.0% of households); the average family size was 2.47.

The age distribution was 38 people (12.3%) under the age of 18, 10 people (3.2%) aged 18 to 24, 56 people (18.1%) aged 25 to 44, 138 people (44.5%) aged 45 to 64, and 68 people (21.9%) who were 65 or older. The median age was 52.6 years. For every 100 females, there were 102.6 males. For every 100 females aged 18 and over, there were 106.1 males.

There were 162 housing units at an average density of 328.7 per square mile (126.9/km2), of which 73.8% were owner-occupied and 26.2% were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.0%; the rental vacancy rate was 2.6%. 75.2% of the population lived in owner-occupied housing units and 20.6% lived in rental housing units.

Muir Beach Waves
Waves on Muir Beach

2000

At the 2000 census there were 295 people, 131 households, and 69 families in the CDP. The population density was 596.8 people per square mile (232.4/km2). There were 144 housing units at an average density of 291.3 per square mile (113.5/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP in 2010 was 89.7% non-Hispanic White, 0.8% non-Hispanic African American, 3.9% Asian, and 2.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.3%.

Of the 131 households 19.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.0% were married couples living together, 5.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.6% were non-families. 30.5% of households were one person and 7.6% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.67.

The age distribution was 14.2% under the age of 18, 2.7% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 46.8% from 45 to 64, and 10.2% 65 or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.3 males. For every 100 females aged 18 and over, there were 91.7 males.

The median household income was $125,402 and the median family income was $152,174. The per capita income for the CDP was $66,476. None of the families and 10.5% of the population were living below the poverty line.

Education

Muir Beach is in the Mill Valley School District, Tamalpais Union High School District, and the Marin Community College District. Students attend public schools in or near Mill Valley at Tamalpais Valley Elementary School (kindergarten - grade 5), Mill Valley Middle School (grades 6 - 8), and Tamalpais High School (grades 9 - 12).

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