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Residential community, accessible to San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge

San Rafael is a city in Marin County, in the San Francisco-Oakland metro area.

It is the county seat.

The community was named for the patron saint of health.

The latitude of San Rafael is 37.973N. The longitude is -122.53W.

It is in the Pacific Standard time zone. Elevation is 43 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 55,805.


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Median household income
Local
$60,994
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our San Rafael demographic reports
San Rafael is on San Rafael Bay
A mission was founded here in 1817 as a health retreat for clergy and colonists.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 208. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 3.7 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1988 movie, "Tucker: The Man and His Dream"
· 2001 movie, "Sweet November"
· 1973 movie, "American Graffiti"
Well-known residents have included:
· George Lucas, filmmaker
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Gloria Jean's, Peet's Coffee & Tea, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Marin County Fair - June 30-July 4, 2007
Dates often change. Check San Rafael web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Marin Shakespeare Company, Marin Symphony
Nearby parks & recreation: China Camp State Park, McNear's Beach Park, John F. McInnis Park
San Rafael attractions: Marin Civic Center, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
Historic sites and museums: Marin History Museum, Discovery Science Center
Colleges and universities: Dominican University of California
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 194

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Sections below provide additional information and links about San Rafael demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Marin County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, San Francisco area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 94903 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

11% of San Rafael residents report German ancestry, and 12% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the San Rafael ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in San Rafael was $35,762, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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44% of San Rafael residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in San Rafael, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $988.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $2,273.


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Libraries in San Rafael include Canal Library, Civic Center Library, San Rafael Public Library ... View libraries

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Marin County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our San Rafael political report.

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San Rafael restaurants taking online reservations include Cinecitta, Sabor of Spain, Seafood Peddler, The Club at McInnis Park, Vin Antico ... View restaurants

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The average commute time for San Rafael workers is 31 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 9 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in San Rafael between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.6 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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