Malibu, California

Malibu, California
City of Malibu
Aerial view of Downtown Malibu and surrounding neighborhoods Aerial view of Downtown Malibu and surrounding neighborhoods
Official seal of Malibu California

Location of Malibu in Los Angeles County California
Location of Malibu in Los Angeles County, California
Malibu California is located in the US Malibu California
Malibu, California

Location in the United States
Coordinates: 34.03°N 118.75°WCoordinates: 34.03°N 118.75°W
Country  United States
State  California
County Los Angeles
Incorporated (city) March 28, 1991
Named for Chumash: Humaliwo, The Surf Sounds Loudly[5]

 • Total 19.83 sq mi (51.35 km2)
 • Land 19.79 sq mi (51.27 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.09 km2)  0.22%
Elevation 105 ft (32 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 12,645
 • Estimate (2016)[10] 12,879
 • Density 650.65/sq mi (251.22/km2)
Time zone Pacific (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP Codes 90263, 90264, 90265
Area code(s) 310/424
FIPS code 06-45246
GNIS feature IDs 1668257, 2410913
Website www.malibucity.org

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

Malibu (/ˈmælɪbuː/) is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30 miles (48 km) west of Downtown Los Angeles. Known for its Mediterranean climate, a 21-mile (34 km) strip of the Malibu coast incorporated in 1991 into the City of Malibu. The area is known for being the 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 traverses the city, with some residents living up to a mile away from the beach up narrow canyons. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 12,645.

Signs around the city proclaim "21 miles of scenic beauty", referring to the incorporated city limits. The city updated the signs in 2017 from the historical 27-mile (43 km) length of the Malibu coast spanning from Tuna Canyon on the southeast to Point Mugu in Ventura County on the northwest. For many residents of the unincorporated canyon areas, Malibu has the closest commercial centers and they are included in the Malibu zip codes. The city is bounded by Topanga on the east, the Santa Monica Mountains (Agoura Hills, Calabasas, and Woodland Hills) to the north, the Pacific Ocean to the south, and Solromar in Ventura County to the west.

Nicknamed "the 'Bu" by surfers and locals, beaches along the Malibu coast include Surfrider Beach, Zuma Beach, Malibu Beach, Topanga Beach, Point Dume Beach, County Line, and Dan Blocker Beach. State parks and beaches on the Malibu coast include Malibu Creek State Park, Leo Carrillo State Beach and Park,[13] Point Mugu State Park, and Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach,[15] with individual beaches: El Pescador, La Piedra and El Matador. The many parks within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area lie along the ridges above the city along with local parks that include Malibu Bluffs Park  (formerly Malibu Bluffs State Park), Trancas Canyon Park, Las Flores Creek Park, and Legacy Park.

Adamson House, a historic house and gardens, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

"Malibu Coast, Spring" by Granville Redmond, c. 1929

Malibu was originally settled by the Chumash, Native Americans whose territory extended loosely from the San Joaquin Valley to San Luis Obispo to Malibu, as well as several islands off the southern coast of California. They named it "Humaliwo" or "the surf sounds loudly". The city's name derives from this, as the "Hu" syllable is not stressed.

Explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo is believed to have moored at Malibu Lagoon, at the mouth of Malibu Creek, to obtain fresh


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