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San Rafael, California - Basic Facts

The City of San Rafael had a population of 58,944 as of July 1, 2016. San Rafael ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for San Rafael is located at latitude 37.981 and longitude -122.5069 in Marin County. The formal boundaries for the City of San Rafael (see map below) encompass a land area of 16.57 sq. miles and a water area of 5.95 sq. miles. Marin County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 43 feet.

The City of San Rafael (GNIS ID: 2411804) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of San Rafael is located within San Rafael CCD of Marin County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with San Rafael population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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San Rafael, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 58,944
Population in Households 57,151
Population in Familes 40,248
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,793
Population Density1 3,558
Diversity Index2 72


Total Households 22,982
Average Household Size 2.49
Family Households 13,128
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 24,242 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 11,796 (48.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 11,186 (46.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,260 ( 5.2%)
Median Home Value $807,782
Average Home Value $814,533


Median Household Income $78,660
Average Household Income $114,722
Per Capita Income $46,177
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.34% 0.57%
Households 0.15% 0.47%
Families 0.18% 0.48%
Median Household Income   2.7%
Per Capita Income   1.65%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

San Rafael, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares San Rafael to the other 1,516 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 158 90th
Population Density1 # 366 76th
Diversity Index2 # 577 62nd
Median Household Income # 329 78th
Per Capita Income # 220 86th

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