A+ San Rafael Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F San Rafael Cost of Living Cost of living is 39% higher than California
San Rafael
19595% 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
C San Rafael Crime Total crime is 16% higher than California
Total crime
3,29428% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3128% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-0%Year over year crime is down
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
D 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
44%11% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
18:112% higher than the US average
San Rafael K-12 schools or San Rafael colleges

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.

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      Unhappy in SR

      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 problems. For example, the house to our north was a meth lab and blew up killing its occupants. We’ve had so many incidents in our area where police had to be called. From addicts coming to our door high on meth to thieves hiding from police in our backyard. My wife and I have lived in NYC and San Francisco and have never had so many problems with crime. We’ve searched for a sense of community here but never found it. People are not very friendly and there’s an air of entitlement among many of its wealthy residents. We are leaving San Rafael in a week and there’s no love lost here. Good luck!
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      San Rafael, CA - Affordable & Beautiful

      I have lived in the San Rafael City for most of my life, and I have seen tourists come in and go out. I love it here, and I do not imagine that any of the tourists have any complaints on their way through. The area is affordable, beautiful, and the community is not at all dangerous. We have some of the most top rated hotels to stay in, so you know you will be a guest in luxury. They are also pet friendly which means you're able to bring the whole family if you would like. The neighborhood I live in also has some of the best fine dining restaurants that you will ever eat at. The Crepevine is one of my favorites.

      When it comes to hanging out, I like bringing my family and friends down to Classic Billiards. It is a wonderful hang out spot with beer, good food, great music and wonderful people that are friendly. Beaches are right around the corner with grills, picnic tables and beautiful, soft, white sand for your toes to indulge in. I love it here. Since the sun is almost always shining, I grab my friends and we can go shopping down one or all of the strips that we have.

      You're definitely not going to leave here without bringing home a souvenir or two since there are so many shops. If you like to shop, then this is well worth it. You can then stop and have some lunch at one of our small cafes or large restaurants depending on how hungry you are. I cannot imagine leaving this wonderful city. I don't think I ever want too. Come for a stay and find out just how great it is.
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      Source: The San Rafael, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).