Marin County California Cities/Towns - Bel Marin Keys, Belvedere, Black Point-Green Point, Bolinas, Corte Madera, Dillon Beach, Fairfax, Fallon, Hamilton, Inverness, Inverness Park, Kentfield, Lagunitas-Forest Knolls, Larkspur, Lucas Valley-Marinwood, Marin City, Marshall, Mill Valley, Muir Beach, Olema, Nicasio, Novato, Point Reyes Station, Ross, San Anselmo, San Geronimo, San Rafael (County Seat), Santa Venetia, Sausalito, Stinson Beach, Strawberry, Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, Tiburon, Tomales, Woodacre

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Marin County is a county located in the U.S. state of California. As of 2000, the population was 247,289. The county seat is San Rafael.

History
Created February 18, 1850. The origin of the county's name is not clear. One version is the county was named after Chief Marin, of the Coast Miwok, Licatiut tribe of Native Americans who inhabited that section and waged fierce battle against the early Spanish military explorers. The other version is that the bay between San Pedro Point and San Quentin Point was named Bahía de Nuestra Señora del Rosario la Marinera in 1775, and it is quite possible that Marin is simply an abbreviation of this name.

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