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San Quentin
—  Unincorporated community  —
San Quentin is located in California
San Quentin
Location in California
Coordinates: 37°56′29″N 122°29′06″W / 37.94139°N 122.485°W / 37.94139; -122.485Coordinates: 37°56′29″N 122°29′06″W / 37.94139°N 122.485°W / 37.94139; -122.485
Country United States
State California
County Marin County
Elevation [1] 30 ft (9 m)

San Quentin is a small unincorporated community in Marin County, California.[1] It is located west of Point San Quentin,[2] at an elevation of 30 feet (9 m).[1]

San Quentin is adjacent to San Quentin State Prison; located just east of the prison, it is also known as San Quentin Village[3][4] or Point San Quentin Village[4][5][6]. It has 40 single-family houses and a condominium complex with 10 units, and its population is about 100[4][6].

The town was originally housing for the prison's employees and their families. Residents rent their driveways to media vans during controversial executions. The reporters are attracted to the place because it is the only place in California where prisoners are executed and many death penalty abolitionists appear and demonstrate against the practice. This garners much media attention.[7]

A post office operated at San Quentin for a time in 1859, and from 1862.[2] The Tamal post office is a substation of the San Quentin post office.[2]

The village is served by Golden Gate Transit route 42 and 40 between Richmond and El Cerrito del Norte BART stations across the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge in Contra Costa County and San Rafael Transit Center in downtown San Rafael. The community is in ZIP code 94964 and area code 415.


In the state legislature, San Quentin is located in the 3rd Senate District, and in the 6th Assembly District. Federally, San Quentin is in California's 6th congressional district.


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographical Names Information System: San Quentin, California
  2. ^ a b c Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 697. ISBN 9781884995149.  
  3. ^ Liberatore, Paul. No escape from San Quentin Village. Marin Independent Journal, December 12, 2004.
  4. ^ a b c Klaner, Shelley Shepherd. Village People. Pacific Sun, October 17, 2008. Retrieved January 9, 2009.
  5. ^ Simerman, John. Prison's neighbors dread more closure talk - residents of the scenic community say the area has charm that will vanish if the facility is torn down. Contra Costa Times, July 11, 2001.
  6. ^ a b Wood, Jim. Point San Quentin Village. Arguably, Marin's most unique community. Marin Magazine, November 2007. Retrieved January 9, 2009.
  7. ^ Bowman, Catherine. San Quentin Village recovering - Harris execution created a 'carnival' atmosphere. San Francisco Chronicle, April 27, 1992.


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