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Overview of San Rafael

Located just 18 miles north of San Francisco and home to a population of more than 57,000 people, the city of San Rafael is one of the most charming Bay Area communities. Many people who live in San Rafael apartments for rent are families due to its safe, welcoming and community-minded environment. Residents in San Rafael apartments have access to several useful community services, including 19 parks, 393 acres of developed green space, three recreation centers and nine child care centers. With everything this city has to offer, it's no surprise that San Rafael is one of the most popular areas in Northern California.

Living in San Rafael

Being part of the community in San Rafael allows you to enjoy fantastic weather year-round, a highly educated workforce and gorgeous Californian surroundings. People who are looking at San Rafael apartments for rent have access to the bustling city of San Francisco, but they are also very close to the beauty of fantastic Golden State attractions like wine country and Point Reyes National Seashore. Some of the most popular neighborhoods for apartments in San Rafael include Bret Harte, Gerstle Park, Glenwood, Lincoln/San Rafael Hill, Montecito, West End, Sun Valley and Peacock Gap - they're all wonderful, so take your pick!

San Rafael Apartments and Cost of Living

Since the Bay Area is one of the nicest places in the United States to live in, the cost of living can be pretty high for people looking at San Rafael apartments for rent. According to City-Data, the cost of living index is around 51 percent more expensive than the rest of the United States. However, the median household income is around $13,000 more than than typical Californian here, and it has also jumped by more than $10,000 from 2000 to 2009 in the city alone. Although the city didn't get a great score on AreaVibes for cost of living, the city got an A+ on amenities and scored high on weather, housing and employment, so there are plenty of fantastic reasons to find yourself in an apartment for rent in San Rafael.

San Rafael Work and Study

According to the city's 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the principal employers for people living in San Rafael apartments are Kaiser Permanente, Autodesk and Comcast. However, there are also several career opportunities in the entire Bay Area, which is easily accessible from San Rafael. The most popular and well-known institution in the area is Dominican University. This school is renowned as one of the best places in the Bay Area to get an education.

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354

San Rafael, CA 94903

$2,290 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

San Rafael, CA (North San Rafael Commercial Center)

(354)

$2,290 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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365

San Rafael, CA 94903

$2,387 and up

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

San Rafael, CA (Smith Ranch)

(365)

$2,387 and up

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

San Rafael, CA (Downtown San Rafael)

(31)

$2,031 and up

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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San Rafael, CA (Lincoln-San Rafael Hill)


$1,900 and up

Studio1 Bath
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2

San Rafael, CA 94903

$1,750 and up

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

San Rafael, CA (Terra Linda)

(2)

$1,750 and up

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
52

San Rafael, CA 94903

$2,680 and up

2 Beds2 Baths

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35

San Francisco, CA 94129

$3,386 and up

1-3 Beds1-3 Baths

San Francisco, CA (Northwest San Francisco, Presidio National Park)

(35)

$3,386 and up

1-3 Beds1-3 Baths
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399

San Francisco, CA 94115

$2,872 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

San Francisco, CA (Lower Pacific Heights, Northwest San Francisco)

(399)

$2,872 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

San Francisco, CA 94108

Contact for Pricing

Studio-1 Bed1 Bath

San Francisco, CA (Nob Hill, Northeast San Francisco)


Contact for Pricing

Studio-1 Bed1 Bath
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301

San Francisco, CA 94109

$2,650 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

San Francisco, CA (Lower Nob Hill, Northeast San Francisco)

(301)

$2,650 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
32

Berkeley, CA 94710

$2,690 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Berkeley, CA (Berkeley, West Berkeley)


$2,690 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
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55

San Francisco, CA 94105

$2,795 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

San Francisco, CA (South Beach, Southeast San Francisco)

(55)

$2,795 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
35

San Francisco, CA 94105

$2,915 and up

Studio-3 Beds1-3 Baths

San Francisco, CA (Rincon Hill, South Beach...)


$2,915 and up

Studio-3 Beds1-3 Baths
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84

San Francisco, CA 94102

$2,785 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

San Francisco, CA (Lower Haight, Northwest San Francisco)

(84)

$2,785 and up

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths