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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

Dream Living in San Rafael, California

 

San Rafael, nestled in Marin County, California, offers a picturesque blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and a vibrant community. As the county seat and a central hub of Marin, San Rafael provides an ideal setting for those seeking a balanced and fulfilling lifestyle. In this guide, we'll explore the overview of San Rafael, its rich history, geographical charm, recreational opportunities, dining and entertainment scenes, shopping options, and the educational landscape.

 

 

Overview of San Rafael

San Rafael, with its population of around 60,000 residents, stands as Marin County's oldest and largest city. It serves as a cultural and economic epicenter, boasting a unique blend of historic charm and modern amenities. The city is strategically located, offering residents convenient access to both the natural wonders of Marin County and the bustling energy of nearby San Francisco.

 

 

Market Trends and Statistics – Year End 2023

San Rafael’s real estate market showed a notable change this past year with decreases of homes and condo sales, peaking in 2021.

 

In 2023 there was an overall decrease in total housing inventory for sale for residential homes and condos. New listings dropping by 17% compared to 2022, with only 585 new listings for 2023, compared to 705 the year before.

 

The average $/SqFt sold price also decreased as well, 733 $ /\SqFt in 2023, as opposed to 799   in 2022, a, 8.3% drop from last year.

 

The market has demonstrated a level of softening during this unprecedented time of interest rate hikes, with a median sales price of $1,298,000, an 8.4% decrease from the previous year, and an average sales price of $1,365,000, down 7.9%.

 

 

Buyer and Seller Dynamics

Along with a decrease in overall sales, the San Rafael’s real estate market is trying to recover from the interest rate hikes of 2023 and the FED pivot that started in March 2022, evidenced by an increase in median days on the market at 45 days, and increase of 45.2% from this point last year.

 

 

Economic Factors

San Rafael’s real estate market is buoyed by a thriving job market of San Francisco, known as a financial center and for its booming tech sector.  I believe the next generation of AI technology companies will be created in San Francisco. Helping to increase demand for housing will inevitably lead to Marin.

 

During the pandemic, many people relocated out of San Francisco, however I believe that trend has normalized. That the greatest impacts of the San Rafael real estate market of this past year have been primarily based on accelerated interest rate hikes and economic predictions of what may or may not materialize.

 

 

Predictions

Moving forward, I believe corporations will slowly do away with the work from home philosophy, making it a requirement for people to get back into the office, leading to greater interest in moving back to the city. Thus, creating a more traditional demand to accommodate growing families in Marin County.

 

Additionally, Marin's fantastic communities, rich cultural scene, outdoor lifestyle, our educational institutions, and family-friendly environment will always be in demand.

 

Marin’s real estate market in 2023 was marked by market forces that impacted everyone. However, our local Marin real estate market will always be a resilient combination of economic growth and higher quality of life. That does come with a price, but it’s worth it.  

 

 

History

Founded in 1817 as a mission outpost, San Rafael has a rich history that has shaped its character. Initially, it was a Spanish mission called San Rafael Arcángel, contributing to the city's name. Over the years, San Rafael evolved from a small agricultural community to a thriving urban center. Historic landmarks like the Marinwood Plaza and the Falkirk Cultural Center stand as testaments to the city's storied past.

 

 

Geography

Nestled against the slopes of Mount Tamalpais and bordered by the San Francisco Bay, San Rafael's geography offers a stunning backdrop for daily life. The city's proximity to the Bay Area provides residents with a moderate Mediterranean climate, characterized by mild, wet winters and warm, dry summers. The abundance of parks, including China Camp State Park, allows residents to enjoy outdoor activities amid breathtaking natural landscapes.

 

 

Things to Do

San Rafael offers a plethora of recreational activities for residents of all ages. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or a cultural connoisseur, there's something for everyone. Some popular activities include hiking and biking on Mount Tam or any number of open space preserves, exploring the China Camp, golf at Peacock Gap or enjoying the diverse range of cultural events hosted in the historic downtown. 

 

 

Dining and Entertaining

The culinary scene in San Rafael reflects the city's diverse population and commitment to quality. From trendy bistros to family-friendly restaurants, the options are endless.  Explore the local flavors at Fourth Street's dining district. San Rafael's entertainment scene includes theaters, live music venues, and annual events like the Italian Street Painting Festival.

 

 

Shopping

San Rafael offers a shopping experience that caters to a variety of tastes and preferences. The Northgate Mall, with its range of retail outlets and eateries, is a popular destination for residents looking for a comprehensive shopping experience. For those seeking unique, boutique-style shopping, Fourth Street in downtown San Rafael is lined with charming stores and artisan shops. The vibrant local markets and boutiques contribute to the city's unique retail landscape.

 

 

Schools

San Rafael places a strong emphasis on education, with a range of public and private schools catering to students from kindergarten through high school. The San Rafael City Schools District oversees several well-regarded schools, including San Rafael High School and Terra Linda High School. Additionally, there are reputable private schools such as Marin Academy and St. Raphael School, providing diverse educational options for families.

 

 

Conclusion

Living in San Rafael offers a blend of historical significance, natural beauty, and modern amenities. With a thriving community, diverse recreational opportunities, and a commitment to education, San Rafael stands as a city that caters to the needs and interests of its residents. Whether you're drawn to the scenic landscapes, the cultural richness, or the dynamic culinary and entertainment scenes, San Rafael provides a well-rounded and fulfilling living experience in the heart of Marin County.

 

 

Explore Other Neighborhoods of San Rafael

Bayside Acres, Loch Lomond, Villa Real / Bret Harte, Bret Harte Heights, California Park / Country Club, Montecito / Dominican / Fairhills, Rafael Highlands  /  Gerstle Park,  Southern Heights,  Picnic Hill  /  Glenwood,  Peacock Gap / Greenfield Avenue  /  Lincoln Hill  /  Los Ranchitos /  Lucas Valley, Marinwood / Mont Marin, Terra Linda Park / Merrydale Rd.,  Rafael Meadows / Santa Venetia, Marin Lagoon / Sun Valley, West End / Terra Linda

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
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor 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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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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