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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
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  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
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  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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Novato is a suburb of San Francisco with a population of 54,790. Novato is in Marin County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Novato offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Novato there are a lot of 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
54,790

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%
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Novato Rankings

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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
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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).
Quiet, clean, safe, and friendly. There aren't many options when we want to go out to dinner or go watch a sports game somewhere but we love the town anyway!