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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$625,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,764
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    33%
  • Own
    67%

Novato Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    100
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    16
    41
  • Robbery
    27
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    331
    500
  • Theft
    1,273
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    242
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$83,895
National
$55,322
Children
18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    17%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    28%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%
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I've lived in Novato since I was in kindergarten and it's been great! I attended school in San Rafael, so the only big problem would be the traffic and not seeing my friends so easily. But, since I learned to drive it's become manageable. I think the traffic is doable for the 101-S. It takes me about 15-20 mins to get to San Rafael when in the carpool lane, if not you're probably looking at 30-40 mins. Novato has lots of places to eat at and is a quiet suburb. The school my brother attends here is quite advanced compared to the one i attended in San Rafael. Overall, the vibe is super family friendly.
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This city if 55,000 is a 20min drive (without traffic) to San Francisco. It boasts endless hiking options and is 1 hour to wine country.
Proximity to SF means a highly education population with good schools.
The city is overall an active community with some great small town pieces like a 4th of July parade, community movie nights in the park and lots of friendly neighbors.
We have a few larger stores—Costco, Target and Nordstrom Rack and great local businesses like Dr. Insomniac (coffee and baked goods), Cooperfields (books), 5 little monkeys (great kids toy store) and Sage (gifts).
I have lived in Novato since I was 7 years old. Novato is a very safe neighborhood. Lots of the locals tend know one another; however, it is a much larger senior community. There are not a lot of activities for teens or young adults to do. Novato has a lot of young or new mothers as well. Most of the town is quiet by 9 or 10 pm unless it is a Holiday weekend. During weeks of vacation when the kids are out of school, most everyone leaves town to more exciting ventures. Novato is definitely a good area to start a family or retire. The younger teenagers need something more so usually they depart to the closer cities like San Francisco or Santa Rosa that have much more active nightlife.