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San Rafael is a small city with a population of 57,713, is the county seat of Marin County and is located just north of the San Francisco Bay. The founding of the Mission San Rafael Archangel originally formed the city on December 14, 1817 and the area remained a sanctuary for Native Americans to convert to and practice Christianity for many years. San Rafael was officially incorporated as a city in 1874 and since World War II, has blossomed into one of the most lucrative cities in all of northern California with an extremely high housing demand and price of living.


Out of the 22,764 households in the San Rafael postal address, over 70% of them consist of married couples with or without children under 18 years old living with them.

In terms of age disparity, San Rafael is a relatively balanced city with a median age of 40.2 years, and this statistic reflects the high cost of living in Marin County. San Rafael, like all of Marin County, is a very wealthy area as compared to most of the United States with the average income per household and family being $60,994 and $74,398 respectively. The per capita income is $35,762, which is relatively higher as compared to other American cities of similar size.

San Rafael is also a very intelligent city, and it provides higher education through the Dominican University of California and the Ali Akbar College of Music. There is also a guide dog training school, as well as the San Rafael City Schools that includes three of the high schools in the area. There are also six different private schools in San Rafael.

Popular Places

San Rafael offers entertainment for all people no matter what you're interested in, and the following is just a small sample of the most popular places and tourist attractions in the area.

The Marin County Farmers' Market, located in San Rafael, is one of the best farmer's markets in the San Francisco Bay Area and it has become renowned for the high quality food and the fun entertainment alongside the street vendors. It's a great way to spend a weekend morning out in the beautiful streets mingling and shopping with local vendors.

San Rafael is in an extremely beautiful area of northern California, and the China Camp State Park is one of the best outdoor recreation areas in the city. It's here that you'll get great hiking, running and biking trails right along the bay within lush forests. It also provides access to wonderful beaches and a pier, so there's something for everyone at this park.

The Marin Center is one of the most popular museums in San Rafael and provides a glimpse into just how incredible the local artists are in this part of the Bay Area, as well as some priceless historical collections. This is a great option for anyone who enjoys museums and is looking for a relaxing time in a beautiful building amongst some of the best art in San Rafael.

The Mission San Rafael Archangel offers an incredible amount of local history, and the architecture is also amazing here. Just like many of the other California missions along the coast, this mission is something that you don't want to miss out on. There are daily masses here and tours, so plan in advance.

Some of the other outdoor recreation areas include Albert Park, Boyd Park, Gerstle Park, the Terra Linda Recreational Center and Pickleweed Park. All of these parks offer different experiences and they are all worth exploring because the beauty of Marin County truly is endless.

Food & Leisure

There is an abundance of good food and drinks in San Rafael, and being so close to the ocean, it makes sense there is great seafood here. There is something for everyone, including those who prefer turf to surf.

Given that there are a lot of wealthy people in the area there are also a lot of wonderful fine dining restaurants, and some of the best in the city include Picco Restaurant, Marche Aux Fleurs, The Melting Pot and Deer Park Villa.

Some of the other popular restaurants in the city that aren't necessarily fine dining include places like Café Del Soul, Casa Manana, Pho Viet, Lundy's Home Cooking, Sol Food Puerto Rican Cuisine, Panama Hotel and of course the very famous Terrapin Crossroads that is owned and operated by the Grateful Dead bassist, Phil Lesh.

There is a very happening nightlife scene here as well, and no matter what day of the week it is you can find lively bars to parade to throughout the city. Some of the best bars in San Rafael include The Mayflower Pub, Flatiron Saloon, Spitfire Lounge and Pier 15.


San Rafael has historically been a predominately Democratic county, and the city is governed by a five-member city council, which includes Mayor Gary O. Phillips, Vice Mayor Andre McCullough, Kate Colin, Maribeth Bushey and John Gramblin. The Congressional representative for San Rafael is Democrat, Jared Huffman.

The Marin County Superior Court is located at 3501 Civic Center Drive and City Hall is located at 1400 5th Avenue. Both of these buildings serve as the focal point for all of Marin County politics and law enforcement.

For more information about current and upcoming events happening in San Rafael check out the Marin Independent Journal.

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Serving San Rafael and surrounding areas, the personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Freeman & Freeman are dedicated to representing individuals who have suffered harm or injuries due to the negligence of other persons. No matter what your case may be, our firm can help build your case and devise an effective strategy based on your needs. Our team does not settle for satisfactory results. Instead, we seek maximum financial compensation for our clients.

If you have been harmed and believe another person or entity should be held responsible, contact the Law Offices of Freeman & Freeman today. We have over 50 years of experience and possess the necessary skills to win your case. Remember, the sooner you contact our San Rafael personal injury attorneys, the sooner we can begin working on your case. We are available 24/7. Call our team today!

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