Novato, California

city in northern Marin County, California, United States

Novato (/nəˈvɑːt/ nə-VAH-toh) is a city in northern Marin County, in the North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, in the U.S. state of California. As of the 2020 census, the population was 53,225.[1] It officially became a city on January 20th, 1960.[2]

Novato city hall

Novato is about 10 miles (16 km) northwest of San Rafael and about 30 miles (48 km) north of San Francisco on U.S. 101.



The first people to live in the area were the Coast Miwok, who set up several villages in the area. The location of one of them, Olompali, is now a State Historic Park. In the early 1800s, the Mexican government gave the land in the form of grants to various people. The territory became part of the United States, along with the rest of California in 1848. The town stayed rather small until the late 1900s, when the population boomed due to the vast amount of people settling in the area.


  1. "QuickFacts: Novato city, California". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 23, 2023.
  2. "Wayback Machine". 2013-02-21. Archived from the original on 2013-02-21. Retrieved 2021-10-09.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)

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