Del Mar, California

Del Mar, California
City of Del Mar
—  City  —
The Del Mar Racetrack
Location of Del Mar within San Diego County, California.
Coordinates: 32°57′18″N 117°15′50″W / 32.955°N 117.26389°W / 32.955; -117.26389Coordinates: 32°57′18″N 117°15′50″W / 32.955°N 117.26389°W / 32.955; -117.26389
Country  United States
State  California
County San Diego
 – Mayor Don Mosier
 – City 1.777 sq mi (4.602 km2)
 – Land 1.707 sq mi (4.421 km2)
 – Water 0.070 sq mi (0.181 km2)  3.94%
Elevation 112 ft (34 m)
Population (2010)
 – City 4,161
 – Density 2,341.8/sq mi (904.2/km2)
 – Metro SD-TJ: 5,105,768
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 – Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 92014
Area code(s) 858
FIPS code 06-18506
GNIS feature ID 1656480

Del Mar is an upscale beach town in San Diego County, California. The population was 4,161 at the 2010 census, down from 4,389 at the 2000 census. The San Diego County Fair is hosted on the Del Mar Fairgrounds every summer. Del Mar is Spanish for "of the sea" or "by the sea", because it is located on the Pacific Ocean. Colonel Jacob Taylor purchased 338 acres (1.37 km2) from Enoch Talbert in 1885, with visions of building a seaside resort for the rich and famous.[2]



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2). 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (3.94%) is water. At the southern edge of Del Mar is the Los Peñasquitos Lagoon.

Del Mar's climate is considered sub-tropical with warm dry summers and milder winters. Del Mar rarely gets above 85 Degrees Fahrenheit and rarely below 60 degrees.

Del Mar is also one of few locations in which the Torrey Pine tree grows. The Torrey Pine is the rarest pine in the United States and only two populations of this endangered species exist.[3] The Soledad Valley at the south of Del Mar severs two colony segments of the Pinus torreyana.



The 2010 United States Census[4] reported that Del Mar had a population of 4,161. The population density was 2,341.9 people per square mile (904.2/km²). The racial makeup of Del Mar was 3,912 (94.0%) White, 10 (0.2%) African American, 8 (0.2%) Native American, 118 (2.8%) Asian, 3 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 25 (0.6%) from other races, and 85 (2.0%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 175 persons (4.2%).

The Census reported that 4,161 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.

There were 2,064 households, out of which 340 (16.5%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 927 (44.9%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 114 (5.5%) had a female householder with no husband present, 57 (2.8%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 124 (6.0%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 19 (0.9%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 707 households (34.3%) were made up of individuals and 209 (10.1%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.02. There were 1,098 families (53.2% of all households); the average family size was 2.57.

The population was spread out with 564 people (13.6%) under the age of 18, 205 people (4.9%) aged 18 to 24, 1,071 people (25.7%) aged 25 to 44, 1,455 people (35.0%) aged 45 to 64, and 866 people (20.8%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48.6 years. For every 100 females there were 102.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.1 males.

There were 2,596 housing units at an average density of 1,461.1 per square mile (564.1/km²), of which 1,113 (53.9%) were owner-occupied, and 951 (46.1%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.6%; the rental vacancy rate was 7.9%. 2,398 people (57.6% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 1,763 people (42.4%) lived in rental housing units.


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 4,389 people, 2,178 households, and 1,082 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,559.7 inhabitants per square mile (991.0/km²). There were 2,557 housing units at an average density of 1,491.3 per square mile (577.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.14% White, 0.25% African American, 0.34% Native American, 2.87% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 0.57% from other races, and 1.71% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.87% of the population.

Del Mar, looking at Torrey Pines State Reserve.
The Plaza Shopping Center in Del Mar at 15th Street

There were 2,178 households out of which 15.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.8% were married couples living together, 4.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 50.3% were non-families. 36.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.01 and the average family size was 2.61.

In the city the population was spread out with 13.6% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 33.1% from 25 to 44, 33.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 105.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $120,001, and the median income for a family was $130,270. Males had a median income of $81,250 versus $70,069 for females. The per capita income for the city was $92,425. About 7.8% of families and 8.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.6% of those under age 18 and 8.5% of those age 65 or over.

Current estimates

According to estimates by the San Diego Association of Governments, the median household income of Del Mar in 2005 was $169,348 (not adjusted for inflation). When adjusted for inflation (1999 dollars; comparable to Census data above), the median household income was $100,982.


The City of Del Mar is governed by a City Council of five elected representatives. Each year a new mayor is chosen from among the councilmembers.[6]

In the state legislature Del Mar is located in the 39th Senate District, represented by Democrat Christine Kehoe, and in the 74th Assembly District, represented by Republican Martin Garrick.

Federally, Del Mar is located in California's 50th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R +5[7] and is represented by Republican Brian Bilbray.


Top employers

According to the City's 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[8] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Kitchen 1540 250
2 L'Auberge Del Mar 170
3 Del Mar Fairgrounds 170
4 Il Fornaio 115
5 Del Mar Thoroughbred Club 115
6 Jake's Del Mar 110
7 Brigantine Seafood 100
8 RE/MAX Moonlight Beach 100
9 Pacifica Del Mar 65
10 Bully's Del Mar 60

Notable residents

  • Desi Arnaz maintained a residence in North Del Mar on the beach west of US 101 near the Del Mar Racetrack after his Divorce of Lucille Ball. Was arrested once for brandishing a firearm and ordering people off of his beach area. Resided there into the late 1960s.
  • Burt Bacharach, songwriter, had a beach residence in south Del Mar.
  • Rachael Flatt, World Junior Champion in Figure Skating, born in Del Mar
  • Tony Hawk, Skate Boarding legend and business leader, was raised in Del Mar.
  • Nate Kaeding, San Diego Chargers placekicker.
  • Aaron Rodgers, starting quarterback for the Green Bay Packers
  • Steve Perry, former lead singer of the rock band Journey, lives in Del Mar.
  • Zandra Rhodes, celebrity fashion designer, splits her time between homes in Del Mar and London.[9]
  • Anthony Robbins, self-help writer and professional speaker, previously lived in "The Castle" in Del Mar
  • Lee Shippey, newspaper columnist
  • Willie Shoemaker, Jockey lived in North Del Mar on beach west of US 101 near Del Mar Racetrack.
  • Carson Palmer, quarterback of the Oakland Raiders.

Cultural references

  • Del Mar is referenced in the Beach Boys hit "Surfin USA." The song mentions, "You’d catch ’em surfin’ at Del Mar."
  • Del Mar, known for its numerous and beautiful beaches, was mentioned in Time magazine's "100 Greatest Beaches in the World." 15th Street Beach ranked in the top 10, ranking at 4, and although "Dog Beach" did not make it into the Top 100, it did receive an honorable mention.
  • Del Mar's beach at 15th Street was used as a backdrop for the opening credits for ABC's Cougar Town.
  • In TV series Weeds, the Botwin family escapes to their relatives' home in the fictional town of Ren Mar (inspired by Del Mar but named after the studio where Weeds is shot) after Agrestic burns down.


  1. ^ U.S. Census
  2. ^ Del Mar city history
  3. ^ C.Michael Hogan (2008) Torrey Pine: Pinus torreyana, Globaltwitcher, ed. Nicklas Stromberg [1]
  4. ^ All data are derived from the United States Census Bureau reports from the 2010 United States Census, and are accessible on-line here. The data on unmarried partnerships and same-sex married couples are from the Census report DEC_10_SF1_PCT15. All other housing and population data are from Census report DEC_10_DP_DPDP1. Both reports are viewable online or downloadable in a zip file containing a comma-delimited data file. The area data, from which densities are calculated, are available on-line here. Percentage totals may not add to 100% due to rounding. The Census Bureau defines families as a household containing one or more people related to the householder by birth, opposite-sex marriage, or adoption. People living in group quarters are tabulated by the Census Bureau as neither owners nor renters. For further details, see the text files accompanying the data files containing the Census reports mentioned above.
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ City of Del Mar website
  7. ^ "Will Gerrymandered Districts Stem the Wave of Voter Unrest?". Campaign Legal Center Blog. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  8. ^ City of Del Mar CAFR
  9. ^ "Fashion designer crashes car into Calif. store". Associated Press. Retrieved 2008-07-01. 

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