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    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  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
    A-
San Rafael is a town in California with a population of 58,948. San Rafael is in Marin County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in San Rafael offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In San Rafael there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in San Rafael and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in San Rafael are above average.
About San Rafael...
Population
58,948

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$758,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,628
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    47%
  • Own
    53%
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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
    142
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    36
    41
  • Robbery
    150
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    458
    500
  • Theft
    1,845
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    448
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$81,360
National
$55,322
Children
18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    21%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    27%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    13%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    14%
    13%
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San Rafael is an amazing community of various diverse people of all ages. There are a large ammount of families here, as well as retirees. San Rafael is a quick drive from San Fransico, Novato, Petaluma, Sonoma, and more. Traffic in the downtown area can be bad at certain times during the day. There are 5 public elementary, 1 middle school, and 2 high schools in the San Rafael School District. It's a great safe area to live!
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I grew up in San Rafael. I went to Sun Valley Elementary, Davidson Middle School, and now I am a senior at San Rafael High School. I love San Rafael because it is surrounded by nature, filled with friendly people, and it has a lot of fun activities and restaurants. When I was little, I would go to the community farmers market every Thursday with my mom. I would play with my friends in the jumpy houses and eat pizza with pesto sauce by a fountain. San Rafael is neither a large city or a small town, but it has the excitement and homey feeling of both. I also like that almost everything in town is relatively close to each other. I lived just up the hill from my elementary school. Behind the school is the "Open Space." It is a great place for hiking and spending time with family. I would often go to birthday parties and neighborhood events up there. For example, there is a neighborhood easter egg hunt each year. All the families get together and bring a dish, making a wonderful potluck.
I LOVE San Rafael! It is a small town where most buildings are single or double stories making it feel more intimate. A great deal of new shops are going up at the moment. Even some new breweries if that is what you are into. Many of the buildings are victorian style and just so beautiful. There are a bunch of happy hour specials too.