NOVATO, CA – Novato was one of two cities in Marin County ranked among the best places to live in the country. Novato and San Rafael were named two of the Best Places to Live in 2018, according to Livability.com. The online community research publication ranked San Rafael 26th and Novato 77th among 100 cities across the country. Ann Arbor, Michigan, took the top spot.
San Rafael was recognized for having an economy strong in education, technology and tourism, as well as an array of cultural, arts, shopping and dining options. The report also highlighted China Camp State Park, Dominican University of California, Kaiser Permanente and attractions such as the California Film Center and Rafael Film Center.
Novato's 3,600 acres of open space was highlighted, particularly Stafford Lake Park and 1,558-foot-high Mount Burdell. The city was given high marks for high-achieving Novato Unified School District, as well as having a strong local economy of biotech and small technology companies along with a variety of retail centers. The report also highlighted Novato Community Hospital, Novato Healthcare Center and the city's Old Town district. Livability.com ranked nearly 2,300 cities on more than 40 data points measuring economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education and health care. Read more about the ranking criteria and methodology.