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Tomales
Tomales, viewed from the northeast
Tomales, viewed from the northeast
Location in Marin County and the state of California
Location in Marin County and the state of California
Tomales, California is located in the United States
Tomales, California
Tomales, California
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  California
County Marin
Area
 • Total 0.332 sq mi (0.859 km2)
 • Land 0.332 sq mi (0.859 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)  0%
Elevation
89 ft (27 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 187
 • Density 563.3/sq mi (217.7/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
94971
Area code(s) 707
FIPS code 06-78890
GNIS feature ID 236439

Tomales is a census-designated place (CDP) on State Route 1 in Marin County, California, United States. The population was 187 at the 2020 census. The largest employer in Tomales is Tomales High School, which has a student body of approximately 190.

Geography

Tomales is located above Keys Creek, about 3 mi (5 km) northeast of Tomales Bay. The nearest city is Petaluma, about 20 minutes away by automobile, and the nearest large city is San Francisco, about 75 minutes to the south.

The CDP has a total area of 0.33 sq mi (0.9 km2), all land.

History

When Europeans first reached Tomales Bay, it was home to Coast Miwok people. Numerous authenticated Miwok villages are known from this area, including one (named Utumia) sited near the present-day town of Tomales.

The Tomalles post office opened in 1854, and changed its spelling to Tomales before 1879.

Starting in the 1870s, Tomales was a stop on the North Pacific Coast Railroad connecting Cazadero to the Sausalito ferry.

Built near the San Andreas Fault, Tomales was affected by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. One of the town's two cemeteries predates the earthquake, and the damage to the pre-1906 plots shows just how widespread the quake's effects were.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
2010 204
2020 187 −8.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010

At the 2010 census Tomales had a population of 204. The population density was 614.9 people per square mile (237.4/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 94.6% White, 1.5% Native American, 2.0% Asian, and 2.0% from two or more races. 4.4% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.

The census reported that 100% of the population lived in households.

There were 99 households, 13 (13.1%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 47 (47.5%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 9 (9.1%) had a female householder with no husband present, 2 (2.0%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 10 (10.1%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 1 (1.0%) same-sex married couple or partnership. 32 households (32.3%) were one person and 6 (6.1%) had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 2.06. There were 58 families (58.6% of households); the average family size was 2.55.

The age distribution was 22 people (10.8%) under the age of 18, 12 people (5.9%) aged 18 to 24, 43 people (21.1%) aged 25 to 44, 93 people (45.6%) aged 45 to 64, and 34 people (16.7%) who were 65 or older. The median age was 50.5 years. For every 100 females, there were 85.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.2 males.

There were 122 housing units at an average density of 367.7 per square mile (142.0/km2), of which 59.6% were owner-occupied and 40.4% were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.6%; the rental vacancy rate was 7.0%. 61.8% of the population lived in owner-occupied housing units and 38.2% lived in rental housing units.

2000

At the 2000 census there were 210 people, 73 households, and 41 families in the CDP. The population density was 670/sq mi (262/km2). There were 85 housing units at an average density of 271/sq mi (106/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP in 2010 was 90.2% non-Hispanic White, 1.5% Native American, 2.0% Asian, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.4%.

Of the 73 households 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.0% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.8% were non-families. 28.8% of households were one person and 6.8% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.10.

The age distribution was 22.4% under the age of 18, 3.8% from 18 to 24, 21.4% from 25 to 44, 41.9% from 45 to 64, and 10.5% 65 or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.4 males.

The median household income was $51,953 and the median family income was $52,708. Males had a median income of $41,607 versus $46,389 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $26,609. None of the families and 14.3% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 14.3% of those over 64.

In popular culture

Much of the 2001 movie Bandits was filmed in and around Tomales, as were the opening shots of Mumford (1999), and parts of Scream (1996), and Village of the Damned (1995).



Education

Shoreline Unified School District operates Tomales Elementary School and Tomales High School.

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