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San Rafael, California - Basic Facts

The City of San Rafael had a population of 59,615 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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San Rafael, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 59,615
Daytime Population: Workers 45,062
Daytime Population: Residents 29,577
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 74,639
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.25
Population in Households 57,818
Population in Familes 40,683
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,797
Population Density2 3,598
Diversity Index3 72


Median Household Income $82,583
Average Household Income $121,616
Per Capita Income $49,215


Total Housing Units 24,398 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 12,003 (49.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 11,418 (46.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 978 ( 4.0%)
Median Home Value $850,361
Average Home Value $863,641


Total Households 23,420
Average Household Size 2.47
Family Households 13,374
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.45% 0.43%
Households 0.39% 0.37%
Families 0.41% 0.37%
Median Household Income   2.99%
Per Capita Income   2.51%

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, 2017 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 # 159 90th
Population Density # 366 76th
Diversity Index # 580 62nd
Median Household Income # 321 79th
Per Capita Income # 222 85th

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