Novato

Located in the rolling hills and valleys of northern Marin County, Novato is the second-largest community in the county.
Located in the rolling hills and valleys of northern Marin County, Novato is the second-largest community in the county. Formerly known as a gateway to the Wine Country, Novato is increasingly being discovered as a destination in its own right. The reasons: great weather, a lively downtown, and homes that provide the best value in Marin. Browse our selection of Novato homes for sale.
 
Upscale housing includes the luxury homes of Black Point, waterfront living on the lagoons of Bel Marin Keys, the wooded Alameda Del Prado, and Indian Valley Road and its horse-country estates.
 
Big-box shopping is concentrated in the Vintage Oaks Shopping Center, which houses a Costco, a Target, and a Macy’s Furniture, among other businesses. Downtown, a beautification program has brought new life to the businesses along Grant Avenue. The downtown area is alive with a Tuesday evening farmers’ market, outdoor movies, parades, and art and wine festivals.
 
In the ’90s, military base Hamilton Field was converted to new housing and a business park. The former hangars now house cutting-edge biotech companies, digital development companies, the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, and more than 40 art studios. Novato is also headquarters of large insurance company Fireman’s Fund, as well as the Buck Institute, a research organization that focuses solely on aging.

Overview for Novato, CA

53,214 people live in Novato, where the median age is 48.1 and the average individual income is $57,297. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

53,214

Total Population

48.1 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$57,297

Average individual Income

Around Novato, CA

There's plenty to do around Novato, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

62
Somewhat Walkable
Walking Score
60
Bikeable
Bike Score
34
Some Transit
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Pacific Stamp Exchange, Elevations A Mobile Salon, and Hair by Jessica Moylan.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Shopping 1.26 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Beauty 4.93 miles 21 reviews 5/5 stars
Beauty 1.87 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Beauty 0.81 miles 14 reviews 5/5 stars
Beauty 4.48 miles 18 reviews 5/5 stars
Beauty 1.28 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Novato, CA

Novato has 20,682 households, with an average household size of 2.54. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Novato do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 53,214 people call Novato home. The population density is 1,936.83 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

53,214

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

48.1

Median Age

51.05 / 48.95%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

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0-9 Years

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10-17 Years

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18-24 Years

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25-64 Years

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65-74 Years

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75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
20,682

Total Households

2.54

Average Household Size

$57,297

Average individual Income

Households with Children

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Commute Time

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30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Novato, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Novato. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Good Shepherd Lutheran School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Lynwood Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
2/5
Pleasant Valley Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
Novato Charter
PUBLIC
K - 8th
4/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
Our Lady Of Loretto School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
Hamilton Meadow Park
PUBLIC
K - 8th
2/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
San Ramon Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Nova Education Center
PUBLIC
K - 12th
4/5
Marin Christian Academy
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
North Bay Christian Academy
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
Lu Sutton Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
2/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
Olive Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
San Jose Intermediate
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
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