Dillon Beach as seen from Tomales Point
|• County Board||District 4|
|• State Senate||Mark Leno (D)|
|• Assembly||Marc Levine (D)|
|• U. S. Congress||Jared Huffman (D)|
|• Total||2.984 sq mi (7.728 km2)|
|• Land||2.984 sq mi (7.728 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2) 0%|
|Elevation||89 ft (27 m)|
|• Density||95/sq mi (37/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-8 (PST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-7 (PDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1658420|
Dillon Beach is a census-designated place (CDP) in Marin County, California, United States. Dillon Beach is located 3.25 miles (5.2 km) west of Tomales, at an elevation of 89 feet (27 m). The population was 283 at the 2010 census. Dillon Beach was named after the founder, George Dillon, who settled there in 1858. The area includes a public access beach, as well as a private beach resort, the only private beach in California.
The Estero de San Antonio State Marine Recreational Management Area is a marine protected area located 1.5 miles north of Dillon Beach. Like an underwater park, this marine protected area helps conserve ocean wildlife and marine ecosystems.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.98 sq mi (7.7 km2), all of it land.
Eventually, Dillon sold out to John Keegan with the agreement that the beach would always be named Dillon Beach. Keegan platted the town, built the hotel which still stands as the store and restaurant (built of first-growth redwoods). Keegan also built cottages, one of which still stands along the road to the beach. Keegan ran a stagecoach from Dillon Beach to Tomales where it met the train. Keegan eventually sold the holdings to the Lawson family who owned it until the arrival of the Clines. The first post office at Dillon Beach opened in 1922. During the 1960s, Oceana Marin was developed north of town by John Keegan's grandson, James Keegan of Wells Fargo Bank and Henry Trione of Sonoma County Mortgage. Fancy modern coastal houses were built on the hillsides overlooking the quaint town of small cottages giving it a unique appeal.
Dillon Beach Resort
Between 2001 and 2018, Dillon Beach Resort was owned and operated by Fred and Nancy Cline of Sonoma Valley, California. In April 2018, Mike Goebel purchased the resort, which consists of a cafe, general store, three beachfront cabins available to rent (closed for renovation as of May 2019). The resort is open year-round. It is one of the few beaches with private (for fee) access in northern California. In California, public access is permitted below the high tide line. At Dillon Beach, parking, walking access to the beach and the beach above the high tide line are available for a small fee. The undertow found at most beaches along the coast is weaker here, making swimming possible for those who can endure the coldness of the water. Surfers in wetsuits are commonly seen. Fog is common during the summer months.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
The 2010 United States Census reported that Dillon Beach had a population of 283. The population density was 94.8 people per square mile (36.6/km²). The racial makeup of Dillon Beach was 266 (94.0%) White, 3 (1.1%) Native American, 4 (1.4%) Asian, and 10 (3.5%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9 persons (3.2%).
The Census reported that 100% of the population lived in households.
There were 147 households, out of which 20 (13.6%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 79 (53.7%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 6 (4.1%) had a female householder with no husband present, 2 (1.4%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 6 (4.1%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 3 (2.0%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 48 households (32.7%) were made up of individuals and 26 (17.7%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.93. There were 87 families (59.2% of all households); the average family size was 2.37.
The population was spread out with 28 people (9.9%) under the age of 18, 7 people (2.5%) aged 18 to 24, 44 people (15.5%) aged 25 to 44, 127 people (44.9%) aged 45 to 64, and 77 people (27.2%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 57.4 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.7 males.
There were 440 housing units at an average density of 147.5 per square mile (56.9/km²), of which 125 (85.0%) were owner-occupied, and 22 (15.0%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 5.3%; the rental vacancy rate was 59.3%. 84.5% of the population lived in owner-occupied housing units and 15.5% lived in rental housing units.
As of the census of 2000, there were 319 people, 155 households, and 103 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 107/sq mi (41.5/km²). There were 415 housing units at an average density of 140/sq mi (54/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP in 2010 was 90.8% non-Hispanic White, 1.1% Native American, 1.4% Asian, and 3.5% from two or more races. 3.2% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 155 households out of which 17.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.4% were married couples living together, 4.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.5% were non-families. 27.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.06 and the average family size was 2.47.
In the CDP, the population was spread out with 14.4% under the age of 18, 1.3% from 18 to 24, 18.8% from 25 to 44, 43.6% from 45 to 64, and 21.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 52 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.0 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $47,679, and the median income for a family was $52,000. Males had a median income of $40,714 versus $37,083 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $39,475. None of the families and 1.3% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under-eighteens and none of those over 64.
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