The City of Malibu is a beachfront community famous for its warm, sandy beaches and for being the home of countless movie stars and others associated with the Southern California motion picture and recording industries. Most Malibu residents live within a few hundred yards of Pacific Coast Highway (Calif. Route 1) which (more or less) bisects the city; the city is also bounded (more or less) by Pacific Palisades to the southeast, the Santa Monica Mountains to the north, the Pacific Ocean to the south, and Zuma State Beach and Ventura County to the northwest. Its other beaches include Malibu State Beach and Topanga State Beach; its parks include Malibu Creek State Park and the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. A popular bumper sticker reads, "Malibu: A Way of Life."
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 261.5 km² (101.0 mi²). 51.5 km² (19.9 mi²) of it is land and 210.0 km² (81.1 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 80.32% water.
As of the census of 2000, there are 12,575 people, 5,137 households, and 3,164 families residing in the city. The population density is 244.4/km² (632.9/mi²). There are 6,126 housing units at an average density of 119.0/km² (308.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 91.91% White, 0.90% African American, 0.21% Native American, 2.49% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 1.67% from other races, and 2.72% from two or more races. 5.48% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 5,137 households out of which 25.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.5% are married couples living together, 6.7% have a female householder with no husband present, and 38.4% are non-families. 27.3% of all households are made up of individuals and 6.7% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.39 and the average family size is 2.86.
In the city the population is spread out with 19.6% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 32.0% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 43 years. For every 100 females there are 97.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 95.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $102,031, and the median income for a family is $123,293. Males have a median income of $100,000+ versus $46,919 for females. The per capita income for the city is $74,336. 7.6% of the population and 3.2% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 6.8% are under the age of 18 and 1.1% are 65 or older.