San Rafael 65 Below average
San Rafael Livability #647 ranked city in California#17,433 ranked city in the USARanks better than 40% of areas
A+ San Rafael Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F San Rafael Cost of Living Cost of living is 37% higher than California
San Rafael
19292% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
San Rafael cost of living
F San Rafael Crime Total crime is 42% higher than California
Total crime
3,65956% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2856% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
12%Year over year crime is up
San Rafael crime
B San Rafael Employment Household income is 28% higher than California
Median household income
$81,36047% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$49,92967% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%15% lower than the US average
San Rafael employment
D San Rafael Housing Home value is 85% higher than California
Median home value
$758,600311% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,62872% higher than the US average
Home ownership
53%17% lower than the US average
San Rafael real estate or San Rafael rentals
C San Rafael Schools HS graduation rate is 6% higher than California
High school grad. rates
84%2% higher than the US average
School test scores
n/a100% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
18:112% higher than the US average
San Rafael K-12 schools
C San Rafael User Ratings There are a total of 16 ratings in San Rafael
Overall user rating
62% 16 total ratings
User reviews rating
45% 2 total reviews
User surveys rating
68% 14 total surveys
all San Rafael poll results

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      Living in San Rafael, CA

      San Rafael, California is a medium-sized city with a population of 58,948 residents. With a population density of 3,558 people per square mile, San Rafael is well above the nation's average density level. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (67% White). Given that fact, San Rafael could be considered less diverse than other cities. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of San Rafael are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 25% of the population also speak Spanish. 77% of the people in San Rafael (over the age of 15) are married and 53% have kids under the age of eighteen. Knowing that, it’s safe to say that this area could be a great place for other families to lay down roots.

      Are you trying to ascertain if living in San Rafael is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a fulfilling experience before moving to any new city in California, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, crime, education, employment, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in San Rafael and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare San Rafael to California and the national average.

      San Rafael has a livability score of 66/100 and is ranked #571 in California and #15,681 in the USA. Based on the scores for each individual category, San Rafael has been rewarded with high marks for amenities (A+), weather (B) and employment (B). The bad news for San Rafael, there are some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: crime (D), cost of living (F), education (D) and housing (D).

      Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy San Rafael on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Here are some of the more popular things to do in San Rafael: Marin County Farmers' Market--San Rafael, China Camp State Park, and Jessa Skin.

      Assuming that San Rafael meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in San Rafael. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in San Rafael are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in San Rafael come in at $758,600, which is 85.3% higher than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In San Rafael, the home price to income ratio is 9.3, which is 45.3% higher than the California average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the San Rafael area were 6.7% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 8.2%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

      San Rafael transportation information

      StatisticSan RafaelCaliforniaNational
      Average one way commute28min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work62.2%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool10.6%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit12.0%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle1.6%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk4.1%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home8.1%5.4%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The San Rafael, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).