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 60,769 people and 16 constituent neighborhoods, San Rafael is the 150th 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.

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.

A relatively large number of people in San Rafael telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 18.06% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

Another interesting thing about San Rafael, despite not being a huge city, is that there is a relatively high proportion of people living here who are young, single, and upwardly-mobile professionals. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

San Rafael is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

For the size of the city, public transportation in San Rafael is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For San Rafael, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to San Rafael, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. San Rafael is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 50.44% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in San Rafael in 2018 was $61,962, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $247,848 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 31.19% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in San Rafael include German, Irish, English, Italian, and European.

Foreign born people are also an important part of San Rafael's cultural character, accounting for 27.19% of the city’s population.

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