Introduction to Pittsburg, California

Located at the junction of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers is the California city of Pittsburg. Part of Contra Costa County, the city is serviced by California State Highway 4 and is easily accessible to State Highway 242 and Interstate I-680. Pittsburg is situated 40 miles northeast of San Francisco and 75 miles southwest of the California state capital of Sacramento.

In its early 19th-century history, Pittsburg went by many different names. Originally called New York of the Pacific, the area soon became known as New York Landing and was renamed Black Diamond following the discovery of coal in the area in 1903. The 1906 arrival of Columbia Geneva Steel prompted the final name change to Pittsburg, in honor of the eastern birthplace of the steel industry (the final "H" was removed to simplify the spelling). A significant event impacting the city's growth occurred in 1942 with the opening of Camp Stoneman, departure point for thousands of GIs who went to fight in the Pacific operations during World War II. Pittsburg today has grown into a multi-faceted city with landscaped parks, recreational facilities, shopping centers, affordable housing and planned business and commercial development, including plans for a new Marina under development along the city's riverfront.

Attractions in and around Pittsburg

The crown jewel of Pittsburg's attractions is its annual Seafood Festival. Held every September, the festival features a number of different activities, including an air show, powerboat races, continuous musical entertainment and the California Cuisine Pavilion; a showcase of the talents of local chefs from Contra Costa County. Demonstrations on the preparation of delicious gourmet seafood dishes are followed by samplings of seafoods from local vendors. Other nearby Contra Costa County attractions include the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds (Antioch), Mt Diablo State Park (Clayton) and Blackhawk Automotive Museum (Danville).


Total Population 66,947
Male Share of the Population 47.8%
Female Share of the Population 52.2%
Senior Citizens 10.2%
Employed Population 16+ 28,714
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 44.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19%
Median Earnings25+ $37,019
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,463
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,318


Median Family Income $66,430
% Above Poverty Level 82.1%
% Below Poverty Level 17.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 40 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.2%
% Using Public Transportation 10.5%


People Living Alone 18.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,367
Median House Value $245,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 72.4%
US/American 0.1%
English 2.4%
Irish 3.7%

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

Pittsburg Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 26 miles NE of Oakland, California
County Contra Costa
Standard Zip Codes 94565
Phone Area Codes 925
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.028
Longitude -121.883

Pittsburg Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 7.9 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 54 F
Apr Temp 47 to 71 F
Jul Temp 58 to 91 F
Oct Temp 51 to 78 F
Annual Precip 13.3 inches
Distance 10.4 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 56 F
Apr Temp 43 to 65 F
Jul Temp 60 to 85 F
Oct Temp 52 to 74 F
Annual Precip 23.9 inches
Distance 22.7 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 56 F
Apr Temp 48 to 74 F
Jul Temp 60 to 93 F
Oct Temp 53 to 79 F
Annual Precip 12.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Pittsburg, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Port Chicago (94565)

West Pittsburg (94565)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Antioch 107,501 $70,583
Brentwood 55,490 $105,398
Clayton 11,497 $141,250
Concord 126,268 $79,566
Oakley 38,243 $90,625
Pleasant Hill 34,155 $109,381

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

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Pittsburg High Schools

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Serves 2,353 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.8

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Serves 339 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.5

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Serves 41 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.5

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Serves 27 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.5

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