The City of Larkspur is located in the heart of Marin County, nine miles north of San Francisco, at the base of beautiful Mount Tamalpais. Larkspur has a mix of commercial, residential and industrial uses. The residential population is approximately 12,500. Larkspur has a wonderful, historic downtown, with shops and nationally recognized cafes and restaurants. A mix of homes, condominiums and apartments are situated in the surrounding hills and along the Corte Madera Creek. Attractive shopping centers provide services and amenities for residents and visitors. The Larkspur Ferry whisks commuters across the bay to Downtown San Francisco. Larkspur is a close-knit community of educated and engaged citizens. Residents are actively involved in important local decisions about quality of life issues and the future direction of their city. The City Council encourages a high level of interaction between its citizenry and government so that important issues are thoroughly discussed.