San Rafael is centrally located in beautiful Marin County. It is the oldest, largest, and most culturally diverse city in Marin, and is the county seat. With parklands and open space accounting for nearly 30 percent of the city's land, there is a thriving natural environment to enjoy outdoor recreation. Along with this lush landscape, there is also a lively business district and great shopping in the downtown area. The Mediterranean climate enables residents to enjoy all that the town has to offer, and there are community based events held throughout the year.