San Rafael, CA
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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 58,704 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.

San Rafael is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.66% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. 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 (15.00%), sales jobs (10.70%), and office and administrative support (9.26%).

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 8.50% 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.

One thing that you will notice about San Rafael is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider San Rafael a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

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.

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.

San Rafael is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 49.56% of adults in San Rafael have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in San Rafael in 2010 was $53,278, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $213,112 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 29.66% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in San Rafael include English, Irish, German, Italian, and French.

In addition, San Rafael has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (27.13%).

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