Del Mar, California
Del Mar is also one of few locations in which theÂ Torrey PineÂ tree grows. The Torrey Pine is the rarestÂ pineÂ in the United States and only two populations of thisÂ endangered speciesÂ exist.Â TheÂ Soledad ValleyÂ at the south of Del Mar severs two colony segments of theÂ Pinus torreyana.
As of theÂ censusÂ of 2000, there were 4,389 people, 2,178 households, and 1,082 families residing in the city. TheÂ population densityÂ was 991.0/kmÂ² (2,559.7/miÂ²). There were 2,557 housing units at an average density of 577.3/kmÂ² (1,491.3/miÂ²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.14%Â White, 0.25%Â African American, 0.34%Â Native American, 2.87%Â Asian, 0.11%Pacific Islander, 0.57% fromÂ other races, and 1.71% from two or more races.Â HispanicÂ orÂ LatinoÂ of any race were 3.87% of the population.
Del Mar, looking atÂ Torrey Pines State Reserve.
There were 2,178 households out of which 15.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.8% wereÂ married couplesÂ 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 $81,001, and the median income for a family was $92,270. Males had a median income of $71,250 versus $50,069 for females. TheÂ per capita incomeÂ for the city was $62,425. About 7.8% of families and 8.7% of the population were below theÂ poverty line, including 18.6% of those under age 18 and 8.5% of those age 65 or over.
According to estimates by theÂ San Diego Association of Governments, theÂ median household incomeÂ of Del Mar in 2005 was $108,348 (not adjusted forÂ inflation). When adjusted forÂ inflationÂ (1999 dollars; comparable toÂ CensusÂ data above), the median household income was $87,982.
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.
- Del Mar Racetrack, held each summer on theÂ Del Mar Fairgrounds
- The San Diego County Fair
- Torrey Pines State Beach
- Powerhouse Community Center
- Desi ArnazÂ 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 60′s.
- Burt Bacharach, writer of the popular song “Do You Know the Way to San JosÃ©“, had a beach residence in south Del Mar.
- Nate Kaeding,Â San Diego ChargersÂ placekicker.
- Steve Perry, former lead singer of the rock bandÂ Journey, lives in Del Mar.
- Zandra Rhodes, celebrity fashion designer, splits her time between homes in Del Mar andÂ LondonÂ .
- Rachael Flatt, World Junior Champion in Figure Skating, born in Del Mar
- Anthony Robbins, self-help writer and professional speaker, previously lived in “The Castle” in Del Mar
- Tony Hawk, Skate Boarding legend and business leader, was raised in Del Mar.
William (Willie) Shoemaker, Jockey lived in North Del Mar on beach west of US 101 near Del Mar Racetrack.
- Del Mar is referenced in theÂ Beach BoysÂ hit “Surfin USA.” The song mentions, “Youâ€™d catch â€™em surfinâ€™ at Del Mar.”
- Del Mar the home of theÂ Punnerhood, referenced in various movies such as inÂ Surf’s Up
- Del Mar, known for its numerous and beautiful beaches, was mentioned inÂ TimeÂ 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 forÂ ABC‘sÂ Cougar Town.