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Best Places To Live In San Rafael, CA

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  • San Rafael, CA
  • Your matching location
  • Population: 58,948
  • We’ve been in San Rafael for nearly eight years and have really struggled to feel at home and to feel safe in this community. To be fair, we live in the downtown area where there are a lot of urban…[read more]
Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score86
  • Mill Valley, CA
  • City: 5.4mi / 8.7km away
  • Population: 14,318
  • At the foot of Mount Tamalpais is Mill Valley. Accurately named for long-ago lumber milling operations, the town remains fairly eclectic. You can find money stuffed executives living next to pauper…[read more]
86
  • San Anselmo, CA
  • City: 3.4mi / 5.5km away
  • Population: 12,623
  • San Anselmo, California is a industrial urban town of more than 12,000 residents. The cost of living is expensive, however the quality of homes are worth the pay. The job market here is blooming, jobs…[read more]
86
  • Ross, CA
  • City: 3.2mi / 5.2km away
  • Population: 2,381
86
  • Upper Rockridge, Oakland, CA
  • Neighborhood: 17.7mi / 28.5km away
  • Population: 5,996
85
  • Larkspur, CA
  • City: 3.1mi / 4.9km away
  • Population: 12,268
  • Larkspur, California is the best place to call home in the entire state! We have a great community full of friendly people. There are several different things to do here, the weather is spectacular, and…[read more]
85
  • Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, CA
  • City: 7.2mi / 11.7km away
  • Population: 10,605
  • Imagine finding a town with all the beauty that California has to offer, great people who are more than just neighbors and friend, a solid economy with an active job force, great schools to educate your…[read more]
84
  • Piedmont, CA
  • City: 18.6mi / 30.0km away
  • Population: 11,201
  • Living in the city of Piedmont is an amazing, yet expensive experience. When I lived in Piedmont, there was never a dull day. This city is full of life and excitement. There is always somewhere to go…[read more]
84
  • Kensington, CA
  • City: 13.2mi / 21.2km away
  • Population: 5,602
84
  • Fairfax, CA
  • City: 4.8mi / 7.8km away
  • Population: 7,598
84
  • Tiburon, CA
  • City: 7.0mi / 11.3km away
  • Population: 9,170
83
  • Shepherd Canyon, Oakland, CA
  • Neighborhood: 19.9mi / 32.0km away
  • Population: 1,863
83
  • Glen Highlands, Oakland, CA
  • Neighborhood: 18.4mi / 29.6km away
  • Population: 1,473
83
  • Belvedere, CA
  • City: 7.6mi / 12.3km away
  • Population: 2,017
82
  • Corte Madera, CA
  • City: 3.4mi / 5.5km away
  • Population: 9,694
81
  • Crocker Highland, Oakland, CA
  • Neighborhood: 19.2mi / 30.9km away
  • Population: 2,280
81
  • Strawberry, CA
  • City: 6.2mi / 10.0km away
  • Population: 5,689
81
  • Montclair, Oakland, CA
  • Neighborhood: 19.3mi / 31.0km away
  • Population: 4,011
80
  • Kentfield, CA
  • City: 4.2mi / 6.8km away
  • Population: 6,907
80
  • Twin Peaks, San Francisco, CA
  • Neighborhood: 16.0mi / 25.8km away
  • Population: 7,538
80
  • Strawberry CDP (Tuolumne County), CA
  • City: 6.2mi / 10.0km away
  • Population: 116
80
  • Orinda, CA
  • City: 19.7mi / 31.7km away
  • Population: 18,936
  • I guess if you are 55+ years old, this quiet little town is fine for you. I would not recommend it to younger folks. After 8 PM the whole town seems to fall asleep. Even nearby Moraga has more going…[read more]
80
  • Port Costa, CA
  • City: 18.1mi / 29.1km away
  • Population: 228
79
  • Forestland, Oakland, CA
  • Neighborhood: 19.3mi / 31.1km away
  • Population: 1,954
78
  • Mills College, Oakland, CA
  • Neighborhood: 22.6mi / 36.4km away
  • Population: 907
78
  • Albany, CA
  • City: 12.0mi / 19.4km away
  • Population: 19,420
  • Living near San Francisco can have its perks, you know. A small town like Albany gives you so much flexibility when it comes to where you want to work, send your kids to school, and where you like to…[read more]
78
  • Outer Richmond, San Francisco, CA
  • Neighborhood: 13.9mi / 22.4km away
  • Population: 36,055
78
  • Benicia, CA
  • City: 20.3mi / 32.7km away
  • Population: 27,780
  • What Inlove about Benicia is it’s not as an Francisco or Sacramento. It’s a nice small town with a lot to offer, and right of the back I would recommend for any family of any size. It was great growing…[read more]
78
  • Merriwood, Oakland, CA
  • Neighborhood: 18.5mi / 29.7km away
  • Population: 3,273
78
  • Sleepy Hollow, CA
  • City: 4.9mi / 7.9km away
  • Population: 2,275
77
  • Panoramic Hill, Oakland, CA
  • Neighborhood: 16.8mi / 27.0km away
  • Population: 1,751
77
  • Sausalito, CA
  • City: 8.5mi / 13.7km away
  • Population: 7,115
  • Earlier this year I took a big leap and moved out of my beloved San Francisco to Sausalito. I had always like visiting Sausalito on the weekends but the idea of living in a small town (village) was a bit…[read more]
77
  • Lincoln Highlands, Oakland, CA
  • Neighborhood: 20.7mi / 33.3km away
  • Population: 2,445
  • It gets more comfortable and safer as you get up the hill in Dimond and into Lincoln Highlands, and you even start to see great views of the city the further up you get. Although it is a bit secluded,…[read more]
76
  • Alto, CA
  • City: 5.3mi / 8.4km away
  • Population: 649
76
  • Alameda, CA
  • City: 21.3mi / 34.3km away
  • Population: 77,409
  • Alameda is nestled between Coast Guard Island, and the city of Oakland and the bay water. We have 3 bridges and 2 tunnels that link to the city of Oakland, and 1 bridge that links to Bay Farm/Harbor…[read more]
76
  • Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA
  • Neighborhood: 13.6mi / 21.9km away
  • Population: 19,716
75
  • Outer Sunset, San Francisco, CA
  • Neighborhood: 15.6mi / 25.1km away
  • Population: 50,788
75
  • Woodminster, Oakland, CA
  • Neighborhood: 21.2mi / 34.1km away
  • Population: 1,530
74
  • Oakmore, Oakland, CA
  • Neighborhood: 20.1mi / 32.3km away
  • Population: 4,022
74
  • Parkside, San Francisco, CA
  • Neighborhood: 16.6mi / 26.7km away
  • Population: 27,661
74
  • Diamond Heights, San Francisco, CA
  • Neighborhood: 16.9mi / 27.2km away
  • Population: 2,239
74
  • West Of Twin Peaks, San Francisco, CA
  • Neighborhood: 17.0mi / 27.4km away
  • Population: 21,375
74
  • Hercules, CA
  • City: 12.2mi / 19.6km away
  • Population: 25,011
  • I live in Hercules, CA and I look forward to each day here. Hercules was named after the Hercules Powder Company, which used to own the land as part of their factory. We are a bedroom community, situated…[read more]
74
  • Muir Beach, CA
  • City: 9.2mi / 14.8km away
  • Population: 248
74
  • Presidio Heights, San Francisco, CA
  • Neighborhood: 13.7mi / 22.0km away
  • Population: 8,734
73
  • Marina, San Francisco, CA
  • Neighborhood: 12.9mi / 20.7km away
  • Population: 22,358
73
  • Novato, CA
  • City: 7.5mi / 12.1km away
  • Population: 54,790
  • The city of Novato, California is located across the bay from San Francisco. It is in the county of Marin. This little bit of country is a quiet respite for people who work in San Francisco which is only…[read more]
73
  • Piedmont Pines, Oakland, CA
  • Neighborhood: 20.2mi / 32.5km away
  • Population: 2,892
73
  • Piedmont, Oakland, CA
  • Neighborhood: 18.7mi / 30.0km away
  • Population: 10,992
73
  • Green Valley, CA
  • City: 27.1mi / 43.5km away
  • Population: 1,224
  • I have lived in SF and Marin County. I would have moved to Green Valley sooner if I had known of it. The gated communities have expensive large houses but, these are available for much less than in…[read more]
73
  • Petaluma, CA
  • City: 19.2mi / 30.9km away
  • Population: 59,757
  • Nice mix of city and country. We have been living for a year. We moved from Santa Rosa just to the north 30 minutes. Petaluma is a small town approximately 60 thousand. Much of it is rural. It has…[read more]

Listed above are the best places to live in San Rafael, CA for 2021. The list of best places is compiled using the AreaVibes Livability Score which is calculated from a score out of 100 and based on various categories. These categories include: amenities, cost of living, crime rates, education, employment, housing and weather. Displayed first is the matching location - San Rafael, CA, followed by the best places to live near San Rafael, CA, sorted by Livability Score.

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