Moss Beach, California

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Moss Beach is a coastal census-designated place in San Mateo County, California, with a year 2000 census population of 1953. Located in Moss Beach are the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, a marine sanctuary; the Half Moon Bay Airport, the historic Moss Beach Distillery and the Seal Cove Inn, a destination lodging property. Moss Beach is naturally a foggy, drippy microclimate that gives one a sense of isolation from nearby cosmopolitan regions, and assures that summer temperatures are generally mild.



Moss Beach is situated at 37°31'31" North latitude, 122°30'46" West (37.525240, -122.512811)[1], approximately 20 miles (32 km) south of San Francisco and 50 miles (80 km) north of Santa Cruz, California. Nearby towns include Montara to the north, El Granada, Princeton-by-the-Sea, and Half Moon Bay to the south. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.6 km²). 1.8 square miles (4.6 km²) of it is land, with none covered by water.


As of the 2000 census[2] there were 1953 people, 740 households, and 526 families residing in the Census Designated Place (CDP). The population density was 1,092.5 people per square mile (421.3/km²). There were 771 housing units at an average density of 431.3/sq mi (166.3/km²). The racial makeup is 90.53% White, 0.10% African American, 0.61% Native American, 2.20% Asian, 0.46% Pacific Islander, 1.08% from other races, and 5.02% from two or more races. 7.22% of the population were Hispanic.

There are 740 households, of which 36.1% have children under the age of 18, 58.9% are married couples , 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.9% were non-families. 18.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and average family size is 2.98.

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