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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    D
  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 58,939. San Rafael is in Marin County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in San Rafael offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent 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
58,939

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$873,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,844
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    50%
  • Own
    50%
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San Rafael 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
    204
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    39.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    147.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    508.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,994.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    363.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    21%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    22%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    13%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    15%
    13%

Working in San Rafael

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$87,262
National
$55,322
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San Rafael Reviews

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San Rafael is surrounded by many great hills for hiking, and offers many restaurants, shops, and grocery stores, especially in it's downtown area. Another plus is how close it is to San Fransisco while still benefitting from the lack of city traffic.
My largest critique is the lack of diversity, which only perpetuates the "bubble" that Marin county is so associated with.
San Rafael offers good public schooling, is very family friendly (wide options in terms of summer camps, parks, family-based activities, etc.), and feels as though it is a safe community. In other words, I am not particularly concerned when walking at night or talking to other people in many areas of the town.
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San Rafael is an amazing community of people. It is very large so there is always something to do such as go to the farmers market (Tuesdays and Thursdays), eat out, hike and explore outside of San Rafael as well. San Rafael is the perfect distance from San Francisco and Sonoma or Napa for a fun time out!
I grew up in the city of San Rafael. I love the city is full of life and energy especially through 4th Street. The string lights strung on the streets bring a type of life which words cannot begin to describe. San Rafael has taught me everything I know. All the most valuable life lessons I learned in this town. It has the ideal location and closeness to both San Francisco and Novato, making it the perfect area to live. I can have both a city and a farm. I can even have the beach. This place is the epicenter for sorts of people both young and old. The diversity in San Rafael is another aspect which I adore. There are so many different types of people and small bundles of culture sprinkled throughout. Without this place I would not have any of my friends and I would have half the memories I do today. I'm so thankful for everything this town has to offer and has given me.