Ross is located between San Anselmo and Kentfield in the middle of Central Marin’s Ross Valley. The town got its name from James Ross, a Scotsman who came to California during the Gold Rush, made a fortune selling wine in San Francisco. He bought a tract of land in 1857 where the town now stands. Ross features some of the oldest and most exclusive estates in the County, both in the hills and along Shady Lane, a tree-lined road that connects Ross to neighboring San Anselmo. The small downtown has a grocery store, post office, butcher, florist, and a few small cafes and some offices. Ross has citizens of all ages. Residents generally have achieved a higher level of educational, and most work in mostly white color professions.
The Ross Valley School District has an elementary middle school district serving the central Marin communities of San Anselmo and Fairfax. Most Ross Valley graduates attend Sir Francis Drake High School in the Tamalpais Union High School District. The district includes four schools: Brookside Elementary School, Manor Elementary School and Wade Thomas School for kindergarten through 5th grades; and White Hill School for grades 6, 7 and 8.
Parks & Recreation
Ross has one park and the Marin Art and Garden Center with playground and picnic areas. Children play in the Ross Valley Little League.
Population (as of 2010 Census): 2,348
Median age: 45
Annual turnover: 12%
Long-term residents (5+ years): 44%
Sources: Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau
The average temperature in Ross is about 59 degrees. Average maximum temperatures center around 70 degrees, and the average low 48 degrees. From July to September, highs reach into the 80’s. Ross is located inland, so it is typically warmer and drier than other spots in the county. Average lows are around 48 degrees. The coldest months are November and December.
Approximate distance from the Golden Gate Bridge is 13 miles.