Tomales, California

Tomales is a census-designated place (CDP) on State Route 1 in Marin County, California, United States. The population was 210 at the 2000 census. The largest employer in Tomales is Tomales High School, which has a student body of approximately 250.


Tomales is located at (38.245809, -122.905377), above Keys Creek, about northeast of Tomales Bay. The nearest city is Petaluma, about 24 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 , all land.


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.

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 show just how widespread the quake's effects were.

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).


As of the census of 2000, there were 210 people, 73 households, and 41 families residing 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 was 96.67% White, 0.48% African American, 0.95% Native American, 1.43% Asian, and 0.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.38% of the population.

There were 73 households out of which 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 all households were made up of individuals and 6.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 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% who were 65 years of age 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 income for a household in the CDP was $51,953, and the median income for a family 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.

Many new shopping areas are being built. Some are making local residence unhappy.


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