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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
Novato is a suburb of San Francisco with a population of 55,523. Novato is in Marin County. Living in Novato offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Novato there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families live in Novato and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Novato are highly rated.
About Novato...
Population
55,523

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$732,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,997
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    32%
  • Own
    68%
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Novato Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    118.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    17.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    33.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    208.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    996.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    160.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    10%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    17%
  • 65+ years
    19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    16%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

Working in Novato

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$96,743
National
$55,322
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Nestled in a suburb of San Francisco, Novato has great food, shopping, and tourism. Being that it's within a close distance to nearby towns like Petaluma and San Rafael, there is a lot of variety. The town is well maintained, and hosts a lot of locally owned businesses. Growing up in Novato was also a great experience. The local elementary, middle, and high schools are well staffed and produce smart and driven young adults. Novato is heavily police staffed and a safe area in general. The only thing I would change is finding more funding for the restoration of local roads, being that some are very dilapidated.
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Novato is a pretty sleepy town. It is very safe and clean, has some good places for lunch, and lots of outdoor space. However, there is really nothing exciting in Novato. There arem't very great places to go out at night, whether to eat or to do a fun activity. Still, it's a great place for families and has pretty good schools. The rolling hills and green surroundings of Novato is its defining quality. Most adults commute to San Francisco for their jobs, but there are tons of opportunities for teenagers to work in Noavto. There is definitely a focus on healthy living, sustainability, and clean eating. It is probably the most affordable town in Marin County, but Marin is known for its expensive housing.
Novato is a very environmentally conscious community that has a lot of interesting history and beautiful nature to uncover and explore. The people here have a strong sense of town pride, and streets are lined with local business that make for unique experiences.

In addition to this, Novato is an optimal distance from San Francisco, Sonoma County, and many attractions such as Muir Woods, or Alcatraz.

The school system here is strong, and a lot of care and attention are placed in the growth of children as a whole.

The biggest concern I have with Novato is the affordability. With many houses going for well over one million on the market, it can be very hard to live with sustainability and comfort, even with a degree. This reflects the current state of California's housing more than it does the town itself though.

I would recommend a visit for anyone interested in good hiking, local business, and getting just far away enough from the big city.