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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  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 59,180. 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 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
59,180

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$816,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,718
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    48%
  • Own
    52%
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San Rafael 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
    142
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    35.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    150.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    458.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,844.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    448.1
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 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
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    13%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    14%
    13%

Working in San Rafael

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$85,931
National
$55,322
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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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San Rafael is a beautiful and has excellent weather. Downtown there are many shops and local businesses as well. Although there are sometimes parking issues, usually someone is able to find parking. There excellent schools in the area, the only problem for most is housing. In this area, rent and buying houses is extremely expensive. Many people may rent or share apartment in order to actually pay the price of the home or apartment.
The area has great schools and is very family friendly. People here also tend to be very environmentally conscious and health-oriented. As for things to do, there are many shops and restaurants in Downtown and China Camp is a great place to go for a hike. The city is also close to San Francisco, and there is always a lot to do there. However, the biggest issue with San Rafael is definitely housing. It is generally very expensive to buy or rent in this area.