San Rafael is centrally located in beautiful Marin County. It is the oldest, largest, and most culturally diverse city in Marin, and is actually the county seat. With parklands and open space accounting for nearly 30 percent of the city’s land, there is a thriving natural environment to enjoy outdoor recreation. Along with this lush landscape, there is also a lively business district and great shopping in the downtown area. The Mediterranean climate enables residents to enjoy all that the town has to offer, and there are community based events held throughout the year.
San Rafael’s deep rooted history in Marin County can still be felt today. Many of the turn-of-the-century buildings have been restored and are beautiful remnants of times past. These buildings include the Marin History Museum, the Falkirk Cultural Center, and the 106-year-old Dominican University. An enduring symbol of the town, the Mission San Rafael Arcangel, is an authentic recreation. It was founded in 1817 as part of California’s mission chain and is a replica of the original mission. The Marin Civic Center, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is an architectural treasure and a nation designated historical landmark. The 57,713 people that live in San Rafael enjoy the Mediterranean climate throughout its 22.4 square miles. It has an excellent school district, many different neighborhoods and is an amazing place to raise a family.