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Overview

Introduction to San Rafael, California

The California city of San Rafael, county seat of Marin County, is located 17 miles north of San Francisco in the North Bay region of the Bay Area. The city is bordered by San Pablo and San Francisco bays and lies near the junction of Interstate I-580 and U.S. Route 101. Neighboring communities include Santa Venetia (to the north), San Anselmo (to the west) and Greenbrae (to the south).

San Rafael History

San Rafael is one of several California towns which developed around a Spanish mission in the California mission chain. Mission San Rafael Arcangel, built in 1817 and rebuilt in 1949, was the 20th in the mission chain and was named for the Archangel Raphael, the Angel of Healing. One of California's original 27 county seats, San Rafael became Marin County's first city when it was incorporated in 1874. The oldest, largest and most culturally diverse city in the county, San Rafael is today a lively industrial and cultural center located in an area replete with natural beauty. The city is home to Dominican University.

San Rafael Attractions

Approximately 30 percent of San Rafael's land is comprised of parklands and open space, making many recreational activities available. China Camp State Park is a quiet and beautiful venue whose 1,600 acres provide ample opportunities for hiking, biking and overnight camping. The park acquired its name from a Chinese fishing village that once flourished there. The city is also home to a number of historical and cultural attractions, including the following:

  • Rafael Film Center: A restored Art Deco Film Center which originally opened its doors in 1918 as The Orpheus is now a year-round venue showcasing independent and international films as well as film retrospectives.
  • Marin County Civic Center: The last major commission of legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright and also one of his most distinctive designs, the facility houses Marin Center, the county's largest performing arts and convention facility.
  • Marin Historical Society Museum: Located in Boyd House, a beautiful example of high Victorian Gothic set in a park-like garden, the museum contains a detailed collection of local historical photos and artifacts.
  • Falkirk Cultural Center: Housed in a 17-room mansion built in 1888, the former home of Scottish shipping magnate Robert Dollar, the facility now exhibits contemporary art and sponsors year-round events with other cultural organizations.
  • Dominican University: Founded in 1890, the university is situated on 80 wooded acres in the center of San Rafael.

Demographics

People

Total Population58,948
Male Share of the Population50.1%
Female Share of the Population49.9%
Senior Citizens17.6%
Employed Population 16+29,286
Age of the Population42

Families

% of people married46.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher48.3%
Median Earnings25+$45,319
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$17,887
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,016

Wealth

Median Family Income$107,798
% Above Poverty Level86.3%
% Below Poverty Level13.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time28 minutes
% Working from Home8.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work5.7%
% Using Public Transportation12%

Housing

People Living Alone33.2%
Median Gross Rent$1,628
Median House Value$758,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)41.8%
English10.5%
German10.3%
Irish10%
Italian7.8%
French Except Basque3.2%
Russian2.8%
Scottish2.3%
Polish2.3%
Swedish1.5%
Norwegian1.5%
Dutch1.1%
Hungarian0.9%
Iranian0.8%
Swiss0.7%
Danishn0.7%
Welsh0.7%
Portuguese0.7%
Greek0.6%
Czech0.6%
Finnish0.5%
Ukrainian0.4%
Brazilian0.4%
Canadian0.4%
Lithuanian0.3%
Turkish0.3%
Arab0.3%
US/American0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Australian0.2%
Maltese0.2%
Jamaican0.1%
South African0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Basque0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Slovak0.1%
African0.1%
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San Rafael Almanac

CategoryValue
County Marin County
Standard Zip Codes94903, 94901
P.O. Box Zip Codes94912, 94913, 94915
Phone Area Codes415
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude38.02
Approximate Longitude-122.54

San Rafael Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationSAN RAFAEL CIVIC CENTER
Distance1.8 miles
Jan Temp41 to 56 F
Apr Temp47 to 69 F
Jul Temp55 to 81 F
Oct Temp51 to 74 F
Annual Precip34.2 inches
StationSAN FRANCISCO DOWNTOWN
Distance15.3 miles
Jan Temp46 to 58 F
Apr Temp50 to 65 F
Jul Temp54 to 68 F
Oct Temp55 to 70 F
Annual Precip22.2 inches
StationOAKLAND MUSEUM
Distance18.7 miles
Jan Temp45 to 57 F
Apr Temp51 to 66 F
Jul Temp57 to 73 F
Oct Temp55 to 72 F
Annual Precip22.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Corte Madera9,694$150,781
Fairfax7,598$125,268
Larkspur12,268$128,750
Mill Valley14,318$183,529
Ross2,381$231,250
San Anselmo12,623$132,614

San Rafael Public Libraries

Marin County Free Library
3501 CIVIC CENTER DR, RM 414
San Rafael, California
(415) 473-3220
San Rafael Public Library
1100 E ST.
San Rafael, California
(415) 485-3323

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San Rafael Hospitals

Kaiser Fnd Hosp - San Rafael
(Non-profit)
99 Montecillo Road

San Rafael Public Schools

Sun Valley Elementary
75 Happy Ln
ZIP: 94901
Primary
Total Enrollment 514
San Pedro Elementary
498 Point San Pedro Rd
ZIP: 94901
Primary
Total Enrollment 478
James B. Davidson Middle
280 Woodland Ave
ZIP: 94901
Middle
Total Enrollment 1095
Bahia Vista Elementary
125 Bahia Way
ZIP: 94901
Primary
Total Enrollment 572
Madrone High Continuation
185 Mission Ave
ZIP: 94901
High
Total Enrollment 47
San Rafael High
185 Mission Ave
ZIP: 94901
High
Total Enrollment 1210
Laurel Dell Elementary
225 Woodland Ave
ZIP: 94901
Primary
Total Enrollment 213
Coleman Elementary
800 Belle Ave
ZIP: 94901
Primary
Total Enrollment 414
Glenwood Elementary
25 Castlewood Dr
ZIP: 94901
Primary
Total Enrollment 424
Short Elementary
35 Marin St.
ZIP: 94901
Primary
Total Enrollment 168
Phoenix Academy
1111 Las Gallinas Ave.
ZIP: 94903
High
Total Enrollment 7
Marin County Juvenile Court
16 Jeannette Prandi Way
ZIP: 94903
High
Total Enrollment 6
Terra Linda High
320 Nova Albion Way
ZIP: 94903
High
Total Enrollment 1096
Marin's Community
1111 Las Gallinas Ave.
ZIP: 94903
Other
Total Enrollment 47
Miller Creek Middle
2255 Las Gallinas Ave.
ZIP: 94903
Middle
Total Enrollment 679
Gallinas Elementary
251 N. San Pedro Rd.
ZIP: 94903
Primary
Mary E. Silveira Elementary
375 Blackstone Dr.
ZIP: 94903
Primary
Total Enrollment 436
Dixie Elementary
1175 Idylberry Dr.
ZIP: 94903
Primary
Total Enrollment 416
Vallecito Elementary
50 Nova Albion Way
ZIP: 94903
Primary
Total Enrollment 464
Venetia Valley Elementary
177 N. San Pedro Rd
ZIP: 94903
Primary
Total Enrollment 735
Marin County Special Education
1111 Las Gallinas Ave.
ZIP: 94913
Other
Total Enrollment 176
Marin County Rop
1111 Las Gallinas Ave.
ZIP: 94913
High

San Rafael Private Schools

Trinity Preschool & Kindergarten
333 Woodland Ave
ZIP: 94901
Elementary
Total Enrollment 18
Anova Center For Education San Rafael
150 Lovell Ave
ZIP: 94901
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 39
St Raphael School
1100 5th Ave
ZIP: 94901
Elementary
Total Enrollment 158
Montessori De Terra Linda
620 Del Ganado Rd
ZIP: 94903
Elementary
Total Enrollment 76
Star Academy
4470 Redwood Hwy Ste 101
ZIP: 94903
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 65
St Mark's School
39 Trellis Dr
ZIP: 94903
Elementary
Total Enrollment 385
St Isabella School
1 Trinity Way
ZIP: 94903
Elementary
Total Enrollment 248
Dunham Academy
1 Saint Vincents Dr
ZIP: 94903
Elementary
Total Enrollment 41
Timothy Murphy School
1 Saint Vincents Dr
ZIP: 94903
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 28
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