In1856 the town was founded by Charles Mears who built a sawmill here. Mears is an unincorporated community. The State Park beach is named after Charles Mears.
Population in 2009 exceeds 1,682. The median age is 35.2 years and the median household income is $29,171. The racial make is 82.1% White, 14.6% Hispanic, 0.5% Black, 7.6% other race, 2.6% two or more races.