Malibu, California

city in Los Angeles County, California, United States

Malibu (/ˈmælɪb/) is a beach city in western Los Angeles County, California, about 30 miles (48 km) west of Downtown Los Angeles. It has a Mediterranean climate. The 21-mile (34 km) strip of the Malibu coast incorporated in 1991 into the City of Malibu. The area is home of Hollywood movie stars, people in the entertainment industry, and other affluent residents. Most Malibu residents live within a few hundred yards of Pacific Coast Highway (State Route 1), which crosses the city, with some residents living up to a mile (1.6 km) away from the beach up narrow canyons. As of the 2020 census, the population was 10,654.[6]

Malibu, California
Aerial view of Downtown Malibu and surrounding neighborhoods
Aerial view of Downtown Malibu and surrounding neighborhoods
Flag of Malibu, California
Official seal of Malibu, California
The 'Bu[1]
Location of Malibu in Los Angeles County, California
Location of Malibu in Los Angeles County, California
Malibu is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Malibu is located in California
Location in California
Malibu is located in the United States
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 34°02′06″N 118°41′42″W / 34.03500°N 118.69500°W / 34.03500; -118.69500
CountryUnited States
CountyLos Angeles
Incorporated (city)March 28, 1991 (1991-03-28)[2]
Named forChumash: Humaliwo, "The Surf Sounds Loudly"[3]
 • Total19.90 sq mi (51.54 km2)
 • Land19.86 sq mi (51.45 km2)
 • Water0.03 sq mi (0.09 km2)  0.22%
Elevation105 ft (32 m)
 • Total10,654
 • Density540/sq mi (210/km2)
Time zoneUTC−8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−7 (PDT)
ZIP Codes
Area code(s)310/424
FIPS code06-45246
GNIS feature IDs1668257, 2410913
Sign of historical Malibu coast of 27 miles (43 km) from Point Mugu east to Tuna Canyon
Dawn in the Santa Monica Mountains
Malibu lagoon


  1. Poole, Matthew Richard (2010). Frommer's Los Angeles 2011. Hoboken: Wiley. p. 49. ISBN 978-0-470-91715-2. Retrieved March 1, 2012. With plenty of green space and dramatic rocky outcroppings, Malibu's rural beauty is unsurpassed in L.A., and surfers flock to "the 'Bu" for great, if crowded waves
  2. "California Cities by Incorporation Date". California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions. Archived from the original (Word) on November 3, 2014. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
  3. McCall, Lynne; Perry, Rosalind (2002). California's Chumash Indians: a project of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Education Center (Revised ed.). San Luis Obispo, Calif: EZ Nature Books. ISBN 978-0936784151.
  4. "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  5. "Malibu". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved December 20, 2014.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Malibu (city) QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 17, 2022.
  7. "USPS – ZIP Code Lookup – Find a ZIP+ 4 Code By City Results". Retrieved January 18, 2007.