In response to community concerns about noise the San Rafael and Novato City Councils have established a Quiet Zone effective immediately. The train horn will not blow at railroad crossings.

What kind of businesses are in San Rafael?

 

Top 10 most common business types as of the end of 2015:

Apartment544
Contractor452
Attorney306
Misc. Services284
Non-Profit277
Consultant238
Administrative Office173
Restaurant160
Motor Vehicle Repair156
Misc. Personal Services129

 

 

San Rafael businesses by business license tax category.

What ever happened to the Class of 2008?

It's often said that most new businesses fail.  How does this play out in the City of San Rafael?

In 2008, for example, 707 licensed businesses opened a location in San Rafael.  Of these, 186 (26%) are still operating at the same location.  430 (61%) were either closed or sold to new owners.  91 (13%) relocated to another location in San Rafael.

 

San Rafael businesses opened in 2008

Which San Rafael companies have the most patents?

Here are the top 5 firms with the most utility patents (not design patents):

AUTODESK287
THX15
ZEP SOLAR14
PAX SCIENTIFIC13
WORLDWISE10

 

Results based on U.S. Patent and Trademark Office records from 2005 through 2014.  We took the liberty of correcting apparent typographical errors and consolidating figures for related companies.

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