About This Place
Corte Madera ( /kɔrtə mədɛrə/; formerly, Adams) is an incorporated town in Marin County, California, United States. Corte Madera is located 3.25 miles (5.2 km) south of San Rafael, at an elevation of 39 feet (12 m). The population was 9,253 at the 2010 census. In 1980 the town merged its police department with that of its neighbor Larkspur into the Twin Cities Police Authority.
In Spanish, Corte Madera means the imperative command "Chop wood", as in "Do chop the wood". The area was famous for producing lumber out of redwood trees which went into the construction of the city of San Francisco.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.4 square miles (11.4 km²), of which, 3.2 square miles (8.2 km²) of it is land and 1.2 square miles (3.2 km²) of it (28.19%) is water. Corte Madera is one of the richest towns in Marin.