Marin County is located just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco within the vibrant Bay Area. Marin is a very desirable place to live and work and approximately 85% of the land has been preserved as parks, open space, tidelands and protected agricultural land. Almost all of the 250,000 residents live within small historic cities and towns located along Highway 101 in the eastern portion of the county. The county offers diverse natural features ranging from beautiful coastlines and beaches to redwood forests and rolling grass-covered hills.
Marin’s economy is characterized by jobs in business and financial services, computer software, computer animation, and retail trade. Most of these businesses are small firms or individuals – Marin attracts entrepreneurs. Marin’s population is growing slowly and the county is generally considered a well-educated, affluent community.Marin’s caring and creative residents are often at the forefront of social and economic trends. Today, residents and businesses are pursuing the concept of a sustainable, ecologically sensitive economy. Many businesses and residents pride themselves on using resources effectively and minimizing adverse impacts on the environment. Many artists choose to live and work in Marin contributing to the community’s substantial support for art and cultural activities. Marin is also home to many social, educational, service and philanthropic organizations that contribute to a life-enhancing environment.