San Rafael, CA Cost Of Living

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Updated: 2020-03-08
San Rafael's Overall Cost Of Living
Higher Than The National Average
The cost of living index is set to 100 for the average place in America. An index above 100 means San Rafael is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

What is the cost of living in San Rafael, CA?

According to the most recent data on the cost of living, San Rafael has an overall cost of living index of 195 which is 1.9x higher than the national index of 100.

Compared to only California, San Rafael has a cost of living index that's 1.4x higher than California's index of 140.

The standard of living in San Rafael ranks as #6294 most affordable out of the 6522 places we measured in California. By definition, that implies San Rafael ranks as the #113 most expensive place in the Golden State.

San Rafael Cost Of Living Vs. California

Living Expense San Rafael California National Average
Overall 195 140 100
Services 137 111 100
Groceries 127 118 100
Health 127 113 100
Housing 339 196 100
Transportation 141 128 100
Utilities 122 118 100
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San Rafael, CA Housing Cost Breakdown

Housing swings affordability the most between places in California, so we broke down the statistics around housing costs into more detail. It's also important to consider median household incomes to make apples-to-apples comparisons across locations.

Home and income come data comes from the most recent US Census ACS 2014-2018.

Median Home Value
Median Rent
Median Income
Statistic San Rafael California United States
Median Home Value $873,800 $475,900 $204,900
Median Rent $1,844 $1,429 $1,023
Median Income $87,262 $71,228 $60,293
Home Value To Income 10.0x 6.7x 3.4x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.25x 0.24x 0.2x

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Cost Of Living In Cities Around San Rafael

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. San Rafael
Petaluma, CA 60,635 164 0.8x
Hercules, CA 25,343 154 0.8x
American Canyon, CA 20,306 148 0.8x
Orinda, CA 19,431 240 1.2x
Mill Valley, CA 14,343 248 1.3x
San Anselmo, CA 12,567 213 1.1x
Larkspur, CA 12,375 238 1.2x
Piedmont, CA 11,308 294 1.5x
Corte Madera, CA 9,866 233 1.2x
Fairfax, CA 7,591 193 1.0x

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