About the Marin County Region
The Marina County Region is formed by a large peninsula located just north of San Francisco, between the Pacific Ocean and San Pablo Bay. It is best known for it's vast natural beauty, liberal politics and great affluence. Marin County boasts the 5th highest per capita income in the United States.
The famous Golden Gate Bridge directly connects Marin to the City of San Francisco.
Mount Tamalpais is the crown jewel of the area, rising 3,000 feet from sea level, with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, the City of San Francisco and the entire San Francisco Bay. Muir Woods Redwood Forest, Stinson Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore and The Marin Headlands are among other nature areas offering breathtaking natural beauty.
Major employers include Kaiser Permanente, Fireman's Fund Insurance, Autodesk, BioMarin Pharmaceuticals, among others. It is also home to San Quentin Federal Prison. Agriculture and tourism are important top the local economy, as well. Local, sustainable and organic farming of fruits, nuts and row crops add to a strong dairy industry.
Originally populated by the Coast Miwok American Indian peoples, the area was first settled by the Spanish in 1817. Americans began to settle the area in 1848.