February 7, 2019
February 7, 2019
History of Kentfield

Kentfield (formerly Ross LandingTamalpais, and Kent)is a census-designated place (CDP) in Marin County, California, United States, just north of San Francisco. Kentfield is located on the Northwestern Pacific Railroad 2 miles (3.2 km) southwest of downtown San Rafaelat an elevation of 115 feet (35 m). The population was 6,485 at the 2010 census. The ZIP codes are 94904 for street addresses, and 94914 for PO boxes, and are shared with the neighboring community of Greenbrae.

In 1857, James Ross (1812–1862) bought Rancho Punta de Quentin. 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". Steamers would come up Corte Madera Creek to the landing there. Albert Emmett Kent bought the land from the Ross estate in 1871. Kent built an estate called Tamalpais, later applied to the settlement by the railroad. Albert Emmett Kent's son, William Kent, was a US Congressman, philanthropist, and founder of Muir Woods.

The name of the town was changed to Kent in the 1890s, and finally to Kentfield with the opening of the first post office in 1905.


There were 2,572 households, out of which 893 (34.7%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 1,562 (60.7%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 200 (7.8%) had a female householder with no husband present, 78 (3.0%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 83 (3.2%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 25 (1.0%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 600 households (23.3%) were made up of individuals and 285 (11.1%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51. There were 1,840 families (71.5% of all households); the average family size was 2.97.

The population was spread out with 1,660 people (25.6%) under the age of 18, 265 people (4.1%) aged 18 to 24, 1,092 people (16.8%) aged 25 to 44, 2,206 people (34.0%) aged 45 to 64, and 1,262 people (19.5%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47.0 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.0 males.

There were 2,758 housing units at an average density of 907.0 per square mile (350.2/km²), of which 1,948 (75.7%) were owner-occupied, and 624 (24.3%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0.8%; the rental vacancy rate was 8.1%. 5,202 people (80.2% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 1,261 people (19.4%) lived in rental housing units.

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