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Overview

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 contains a population of approximately 17,599.

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.

People

Total Population 18,390
Male Share of the Population 50.3%
Female Share of the Population 49.7%
Senior Citizens 20.1%
Employed Population 16+ 8,188
Age of the Population 46

Families

% of people married 69.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 78.2%
Median Earnings25+ $100,028
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $56,546
Median Earnings With High School Degree $56,641

Wealth

Median Family Income $213,021
% Above Poverty Level 98.6%
% Below Poverty Level 1.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 13.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2%
% Using Public Transportation 15.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 18.2%
Median Gross Rent $2
Median House Value $987,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 25.9%
US/American 1.2%
English 14.7%
Irish 12.8%

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

Notes:

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

Station BERKELEY
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
Station OAKLAND MUSEUM
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
Station UPPER SAN LEANDRO FLTR
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 19,020 $91,967
Berkeley 115,688 $114,720
Emeryville 10,497 $84,688
Lafayette 24,685 $176,250
Moraga 16,549 $163,951
Piedmont 10,957 $247,171
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Orinda High Schools

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750 MORAGA WAY.
925-376-4423
Serves 1,397 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.8

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