Urbane Marin County Is Solidly Middle Class
Urban legend holds that every backyard in Marin County has a hot tub, and you’ve got to be a millionaire to live there.
We haven’t counted hot tubs lately, but a glance at the statistics quickly debunks the everyone’s-a-millionaire story.
The Marin Independent Journal recently compared Census Bureau income data across the Bay Area and discovered that its residents had a positively middle-class median income of $42,211 last year, trailing Santa Clara ($47,382), San Mateo ($45,810), San Francisco ($45,543), and Contra Costa ($43,562) counties. Marin ranked ahead of Alameda ($41,492), Solano ($36,582), Sonoma ($36,468), and Napa ($36,035) counties.
Marin County does, however, have the second-highest percentage of workers who earn top salaries — $75,000 or higher — among Bay Area counties: 31.5 percent. Santa Clara County came in No. 1, with 33.8 percent of its workers making $75,000 or more.
“Marin is a suburban county so you will have a lot of lower-wage professional service and retail jobs for local residents, but also the high-wage earning families who work in urban areas,” Robert Eyler, CEO of the Marin Economic Forum, told the newspaper.
(Tiburon photo courtesy of Royterp, via Flickr.)