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Town of Ross
Post Office on Ross Common
Post Office on Ross Common
Official logo of Town of Ross
Location within Marin County
Location within Marin County
Ross, California is located in the United States
Ross, California
Ross, California
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  California
County Marin
Incorporated August 21, 1908
Government
Area
 • Total 1.56 sq mi (4.04 km2)
 • Land 1.56 sq mi (4.04 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)  0%
Elevation
36 ft (11 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 2,415
 • Estimate 
(2019)
2,451
 • Density 1,573.17/sq mi (607.23/km2)
 • Metro
7,468,390
Time zone UTC−8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−7 (PDT)
ZIP Code
94957
Area codes 415/628
FIPS code 06-62980
GNIS feature ID 0277587

Ross is a small incorporated town in Marin County, California, United States, just north of San Francisco. Ross is located 1.5 miles (2.4 km) west-southwest of San Rafael, at an elevation of 36 feet (11 m). The population was 2,415 at the 2010 census. The town is bordered by Kentfield and Greenbrae to the east, Larkspur to the south and San Anselmo to the north.

Ross is named in honor of James Ross, who acquired Rancho Punta de Quentin in 1859.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2), all of it land. Notable landmarks in Ross are the Ross Bear located in front of the Ross police station, the post office, the Marin Art and Garden Center, and Phoenix Lake.

History

After the Mexican Revolution of 1821, the “land grant” system of parceling out land gave rise to what is now known as Marin County. Ross was originally part of an 8,877-acre Mexican land grant to Juan B.R. Cooper in 1840 known as Ranch Punta de Quentin Canada de San Anselmo.

In 1857, James Ross (1812–1862) bought Rancho Punta de Quentin for $50,000. 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". He built his home on Redwood Drive and moved there with his wife and three children. When James Ross died in 1862, his wife, Annie Ross, was forced to sell a portion of James Ross’ larger land holdings to pay each of their daughters $10,000. The 297 acres she had remaining make up part of the Town of Ross today.

The first post office opened in 1887. Ross incorporated in 1908.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 252
1910 556
1920 727 30.8%
1930 1,355 86.4%
1940 1,751 29.2%
1950 2,179 24.4%
1960 2,551 17.1%
1970 2,742 7.5%
1980 2,801 2.2%
1990 2,123 −24.2%
2000 2,329 9.7%
2010 2,415 3.7%
2019 (est.) 2,451 1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010

At the 2010 census Ross had a population of 2,415. The population density was 1,551.8 people per square mile (599.2/km2). The racial makeup of Ross was 2,265 (93.8%) White, 6 (0.2%) African American, 2 (0.1%) Native American, 45 (1.9%) Asian, 3 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 19 (0.8%) from other races, and 75 (3.1%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 94 people (3.9%).

The census reported that 2,363 people (97.8% of the population) lived in households, 52 (2.2%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and no one was institutionalized.

There were 798 households, 357 (44.7%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 575 (72.1%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 55 (6.9%) had a female householder with no husband present, 28 (3.5%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 13 (1.6%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 7 (0.9%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 120 households (15.0%) were one person and 60 (7.5%) had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 2.96. There were 658 families (82.5% of households); the average family size was 3.26.

The age distribution was 731 people (30.3%) under the age of 18, 108 people (4.5%) aged 18 to 24, 362 people (15.0%) aged 25 to 44, 801 people (33.2%) aged 45 to 64, and 413 people (17.1%) who were 65 or older. The median age was 45.1 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.0 males.

There were 884 housing units at an average density of 568.0 per square mile, of the occupied units 686 (86.0%) were owner-occupied and 112 (14.0%) were rented. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.0%; the rental vacancy rate was 5.7%. 2,078 people (86.0% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 285 people (11.8%) lived in rental housing units.

2000

At the 2000 census there were 2,329 people, 761 households, and 626 families in the town. The population density was 1,461.5 people per square mile (565.6/km2). There were 805 housing units at an average density of 505.2 per square mile (195.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town in 2010 was 90.9% non-Hispanic White, 0.2% non-Hispanic African American, 1.9% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.3% from other races, and 2.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.9%.

Of the 761 households 44.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.0% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.7% were non-families. 12.7% of households were one person and 5.3% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.94 and the average family size was 3.21.

The age distribution was 30.2% under the age of 18, 3.4% from 18 to 24, 21.3% from 25 to 44, 32.8% from 45 to 64, and 12.4% 65 or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $102,015, and the median family income was $102,593. Males had a median income of $75,784 versus $52,083 for females. The per capita income for the town was $51,150. About 5.6% of families and 8.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.2% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over.

Ross Common

Education

  • The Branson School
  • Ross School

Notable people

  • Signy Coleman, actress
  • Dylan Penn, model and daughter of actors Sean Penn and Robin Wright.
  • Jack Woolams, test pilot
  • Isabella Worn, garden designer
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