An age-friendly city is one that is inclusive, accessible, and promotes active aging; a city that works for everyone of every age and ability.
The San Rafael Age-Friendly Task Force seeks to work with local government, community groups and individuals to make San Rafael a place where those who live and contribute so much to the community can continue to be a vibrant and essential part of its culture as they age.
With a population of more than 58,000, San Rafael is the largest city and the county seat of Marin, the most rapidly aging county in the state. The City of San Rafael embraces the fact that our community is aging-in-place. Our middle age and older residents have become a larger proportion of the City’s population since 2000. We have more than 6,000 senior households, with more than one-half including residents that are 75 years and older, of which 73 percent are homeowners. As our community population ages, we understand that there is greater need for more supportive services and housing options.
In 2020, we completed the planning phase, assessment and the Age Friendly San Rafael Strategic Action Plan. Our outreach to the community included conducting ageism training - "Reframing Aging " with the FrameWorks Institute, key informant interviews and a community survey in English and Spanish. On March 15, 2021, San Rafael City Council formally accepted the Age-Friendly Strategic Plan.
The City of San Rafael is now part of the Age-Friendly Network and is the largest Age-Friendly city in Marin.