San Rafael

San Rafael still looks to the future thanks to a vibrant downtown redevelopment effort.

Welcome to San Rafael

The county seat of Marin, San Rafael is large, diverse, eclectic, and historic. That history stretches from California's beginnings, with the 1817 founding of Mission San Rafael on the old El Camino Real, to the construction of the eye-popping Marin Civic Center in the 1960s. Designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the Civic Center was completed in 1962 and is so futuristic that it pops up in science-fiction films.

San Rafael still looks to the future thanks to a vibrant downtown redevelopment effort. The focal point of downtown is the Smith Rafael Film Center, which features a state–of-the-art multiplex cinema that screens independent and foreign films. Cuisine is eclectic: within a few blocks of 4th Street diners can find sushi, Indian, Thai, Italian, Mexican, and Puerto Rican food. Thursday afternoons in the spring and summer find 4th Street hosting a farmers market, which features live music.

The neighborhoods of San Rafael are equally distinctive. From the sought-after midcentury Eichler homes of Terra Linda to the Victorians that surround Dominican College and the custom homes of Lucas Valley, San Rafael provides diversity of price and style.

It's also easy to get away from it all in San Rafael. Nearby China Camp State Park is a jewel by the bay, offering: a kid-friendly, walk-in campground for tents only; a shallow, protected swimming beach; and biking and running trails.

Overview for San Rafael, CA

65,018 people live in San Rafael, where the median age is 47.2 and the average individual income is $59,067.96. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

65,018

Total Population

47.2 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$59,067.96

Average individual Income

Around San Rafael, CA

There's plenty to do around San Rafael, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

14
Car-Dependent
Walking Score
15
Somewhat Bikeable
Bike Score
27
Some Transit
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Bella - San Anselmo, The Yoga Lab, and Kinetic Health and Performance Group.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Shopping 3.1 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.46 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.23 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.7 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.19 miles 15 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.1 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for San Rafael, CA

San Rafael has 25,922 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in San Rafael do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 65,018 people call San Rafael home. The population density is 2,571.66 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

65,018

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

47.2

Median Age

49.22 / 50.78%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

0-9:

0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
25,922

Total Households

2

Average Household Size

$59,067.96

Average individual Income

Marital Status

Married
Single
Divorced
Separated

Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in San Rafael, CA

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Middle Schools ()
High Schools ()
Mixed Schools ()
The following schools are within or nearby San Rafael. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Madrone High Continuation
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
1st - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
6th - 12th
No rating available
Laurel Dell Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
PUBLIC
7th - 12th
No rating available
Montessori De Terra Linda
PRIVATE
PreK - 6th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
No rating available
Vallecito Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Bahia Vista Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
James B. Davidson Middle
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
3/5
PRIVATE
6th - 12th
No rating available
Sun Valley Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
Marin County Special Education
PUBLIC
K - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
3/5
PUBLIC
7th - 12th
No rating available
Marin County Regional Occupational Program
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
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