San Rafael is located in the Northern San Francisco Bay area. San Rafael was originally founded as a Spanish Mission in 1817, named after Archangel Raphael. It was incorporated in 1874. San Rafael has nearly 60,000 residents. San Rafael's weather resembles a Mediterranean climate with mild winters (41F-55F) and summers (55F-80F). The area is strongly Democratic with 55% Democrats and 22% Republicans.