Introduction to Orinda, California

Orinda, California, in Contra Costa county, is 5 miles E of Berkeley, California and 7 miles NE of Oakland, California. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Oakland metropolitan area.

Orinda History

The 12.8 square miles that became the city of Orinda were, in the earlier days, a part of Mexico City. The region flourished when the Caldecott Tunnel opened in the year 1937. Orinda was incorporated as a city in the year 1985, after more than 100 years of steady development. Orinda is named after a woman. It started as a family oriented community in an idyllic setting and today, it remains the same. It is one of the most beautiful cities in Contra Costa County.

Orinda and Nearby Attractions

  • Orinda Parks & Recreation.
  • Lawrence Hall of Science.
  • Chabot Space & Science Center.
  • Habitot Children's Museum.
  • Judah L Magnes Museum.
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Things To Do In Orinda

Orinda is full of space and lovely parks for people to relax with family and friends. There is something in store for all. Those who are interested in science can visit the various science centers and those who have a knack for history can visit the museums. The city also has impressive theaters and art centers for art lovers to enjoy.

Orinda Transportation

Metropolitan Oakland International is the nearest airport to Orinda.

Orinda Higher Education

John F Kennedy University is the local college that serves the city.


Total Population 18,703
Male Share of the Population 49.9%
Female Share of the Population 50.1%
Senior Citizens 19.9%
Employed Population 16+ 8,302
Age of the Population 47


% of people married 69.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 79.2%
Median Earnings25+ $97,153
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $54,583


Median Family Income $210,000
% Above Poverty Level 97.8%
% Below Poverty Level 2.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 12.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.4%
% Using Public Transportation 16.6%


People Living Alone 16.8%
Median Gross Rent $2,330
Median House Value $1,030,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 28.3%
US/American 0.7%
English 11.8%
Irish 12.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Orinda Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles E of Berkeley, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 7 miles NE of Oakland, California
County Contra Costa
Standard Zip Codes 94563
Phone Area Codes 925
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.877
Longitude -122.178

Orinda Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 4.9 miles
Jan Temp 44 to 56 F
Apr Temp 49 to 64 F
Jul Temp 55 to 70 F
Oct Temp 54 to 70 F
Annual Precip 25.4 inches
Distance 7.2 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 57 F
Apr Temp 51 to 66 F
Jul Temp 57 to 73 F
Oct Temp 55 to 72 F
Annual Precip 22.9 inches
Distance 7.7 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 58 F
Apr Temp 46 to 67 F
Jul Temp 54 to 75 F
Oct Temp 52 to 73 F
Annual Precip 26.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Albany 19,249 $90,680
Berkeley 117,384 $118,190
Emeryville 10,830 $93,134
Lafayette 25,082 $176,127
Moraga 16,787 $169,028
Piedmont 11,099 $234,250

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Orinda High Schools

Serves 1,397 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.8

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