San Rafael, CA
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Living in San Rafael


San Rafael is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 58,440 people and 13 constituent neighborhoods, San Rafael is the 149th largest community in California.

San Rafael home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but San Rafael real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Unlike some cities, San Rafael isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in San Rafael are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, San Rafael is a city of professionals, managers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in San Rafael who work in management occupations (14.35%), sales jobs (10.21%), and maintenance occupations (7.78%).

Of important note, San Rafael is also a city of artists. San Rafael has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape San Rafael’s character.

Also of interest is that San Rafael has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 9.79% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

One thing noticeable about San Rafael, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because San Rafael is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes San Rafael a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

One of the nice things about San Rafael is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, San Rafael is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the San Rafael area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

If knowledge is power, San Rafael is a pretty powerful place. 50.36% of the adults in San Rafael have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in San Rafael in 2018 was $53,559, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $214,236 for a family of four. However, San Rafael contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

San Rafael is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call San Rafael home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of San Rafael residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. San Rafael also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 31.43% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in San Rafael include German, Irish, English, Italian, and French.

San Rafael also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 27.90%.

The most common language spoken in San Rafael is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.