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Strawberry, California is a census-designated place (CDP) and an unincorporated district of Mill Valleymarker in Marin Countymarker, Californiamarker, United Statesmarker. It is separated from Mill Valley by U.S. Route 101. The population was 5,302 at the 2000 census.

Geography

Strawberry is located at .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.5 km²), of which, 1.4 square miles (3.5 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (1.46%) is water.

Ring Mountainmarker, holding significant evidence of Native American habitation, dominates the high ground east of Strawberry on the Tiburon Peninsula.

Strawberry Spit was once the gathering site of harbor seals, who previously lived and fished here, but after development on the spit began in the 1980s they left.

Strawberry is the site of a major transfer bus stop for Golden Gate Transit.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 5,302 people, 2,435 households, and 1,246 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 3,901.7 people per square mile (1,505.2/km²). There were 2,513 housing units at an average density of 1,849.3/sq mi (713.4/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 83.57% White, 2.00% African American, 0.23% Native American, 9.11% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 1.51% from other races, and 3.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.77% of the population.

There were 2,435 households out of which 23.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.4% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 48.8% were non-families. 38.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.08 and the average family size was 2.79.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 18.7% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 35.2% from 25 to 44, 29.9% from 45 to 64, and 11.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 93.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.0 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $70,432, and the median income for a family was $99,409. Males had a median income of $70,298 versus $46,336 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $50,581. About 4.0% of families and 7.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.5% of those under age 18 and 2.9% of those age 65 or over.

Educational Institutions

Strawberry is home to one public school and one private college: Strawberry Point School (K - 5) and Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. Strawberry is in the Mill Valley School District, the Tamalpais Union High School District and the Marin Community College Districtmarker. Strawberry is in the attendance areas for Mill Valley Middle School and Tamalpais High Schoolmarker.

Strawberry Point School

Strawberry Point School opened in 1952. Starting in 1956, 7th and 6th grade students attended Alto Junior High School, until Edna Maguire Junior High School opened in 1957. Edna Maguire is now an elementary school. Starting in 1969, 6th, 7th and 8th grade students attended Mill Valley Middle School. Strawberry Point School closed in 1990 and reopened in 2000. Huey Lewis attended Strawberry Point School in the 1950s, where he skipped second grade.

The song "Mill Valley", recorded in 1970 and released on the album Miss Abrams and the Strawberry Point 4th Grade Class [15944], became a nationwide hit. (Listen to a clip of "Mill Valley".)

Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary

The site of the Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary on Strawberry Point was considered for the headquarters for the United Nations. This was because in the forties when the UN was established in San Franciscomarker, Strawberry was undeveloped. It was seen as a tranquil and peaceful setting. New York Citymarker was eventually chosen.

Government

Strawberry is unincorporated, receiving most of its general government services from Marin Countymarker. It is in the 3rd Supervisorial District and, , is represented by Supervisor Charles McGlashan. Some residents have been struggling for years to become an incorporated part of Tiburonmarker, not Mill Valley. However, any vote that comes up before the residents is voted down.

The Strawberry Recreation District provides limited services in the area, including recreation facilities and management of garbage and recycling collection. It has an elected board of five directors. District boundaries do not exactly match those of the CDP.

Strawberry is in the Southern Marin Fire Protection District, which also serves Tamalpais Valley, Homestead Valleymarker, Almonte, Alto, part of the Town of Tiburon, and, since 2004, the City of Sausalitomarker. Prior to the creation of the District in 1999, Strawberry was in the Alto-Richardson Fire Protection District.

Strawberry shares a zip code (94941) with Mill Valley (hence, addresses in Strawberry are listed as "Mill Valley") and falls within its school districts. However, it is considered within the sphere of influence of the Town of Tiburonmarker, and there have been several unsuccessful ballot measures to incorporate into Tiburon.

Notes

  1. C. Michael Hogan (2008) Ring Mountain, The Megalithic Portal, ed. Andy Burnham
  2. U.S. Census Bureau, Strawberry CDP, California, Census 2000 Demographic Profile Highlights, accessed May 26, 2007
  3. Strawberry Point School Profile, accessed 10/18/06
  4. Jeff Kaliss, San Francisco Chronicle, "Huey Lewis still spreads the news," June 24, 2005
  5. Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, accessed 10/18/06
  6. Marin County Supervisorial District 3
  7. Southern Marin Fire Protection District, About the District, accessed May 26, 2007


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