Walnut Creek, California

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Walnut Creek, California

Introduction to Walnut Creek, California

The city of Walnut Creek is located in Contra Costa County, California, in the eastern region of the San Francisco Bay Area. The city is situated 24 miles east of San Francisco and 16 miles east of Oakland. Neighboring communities include Pleasant Hill (to the north), Danville (to the south), and Lafayette (to the west). Highways servicing the city include Interstate I-680, and California State Highways 24 and 242.

Originally called "The Corners" in reference to the convergence of roads leading from its north and west, Walnut Creek was later referred to as "Nuts Creek" before receiving its official name in 1862 when the first U.S. Post Office was established. Incorporated in 1914, the city for many years was known chiefly for its network of creeks and abundance of walnut groves. The city experienced a steady period of growth beginning in the mid-20th century and has in recent years initiated several major quality of life projects, resulting in its gradual transformation from a quiet suburb to a bustling city. Walnut Creek today, while lacking heavy industry, enjoys the status of a vibrant shopping and cultural hub serving the communities east of San Francisco.

Recreation and Culture in Walnut Creek

The Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, opened in 1990, is a 72,000 square-foot venue with three theaters, a classroom, and an art gallery. The facility is built to accommodate a variety of performing arts groups and is home to the California Symphony. Lovers of the visual arts can visit the Bedford Gallery, home to five to six exhibitions annually, in addition to workshops, panel discussions, lectures, and a wide array of public programs. Museums in Walnut Creek include the Lindsay Wildlife Museum, a facility which features stage presentations and opportunities for visitors to interact with live animals; and the Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society Museum, a wonderland for model railroad enthusiasts. Annual events in Walnut Creek include the Walnut Festival, a September event featuring a big parade, carnival, tennis tournament, and foot race; and the Walnut Creek Art and Wine Festival, held every June.

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High Points

Walnut Creek strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in California):

Category Trophy
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Walnut Creek Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Walnut Creek Well-Paid Single Men
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Walnut Creek Public Transportation Use
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Walnut Creek College Educated Adults
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Walnut Creek Median Family Income
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Walnut Creek People in Middle Class or Better
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Walnut Creek Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Walnut Creek, California

Comparing Walnut Creek to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in California (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Senior Citizens 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Age of the Population 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 10 9
Female Share of the Population 10 10
Racial Diversity 6 4
Male Share of the Population 1 1
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 4 3
Average Household Size 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 10 9
Median Family Income 10 9
People Above Poverty 9 10
People in Middle Class or Better 9 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 9
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Walking and Biking to Work 8 6
Short Commute Times 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 7
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 6 5
Housing Recently Built 6 6
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 2
Affordability of Rents 1 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 8 9
Low Property Crime 4 3

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Walnut Creek Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 13 miles NE of Oakland, California
County Contra Costa
Standard Zip Codes 94595, 94596, 94597, 94598
Phone Area Codes 925
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.906
Longitude -122.063

Walnut Creek Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 7.3 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 11.2 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
Distance 21 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 57 F
Apr Temp 44 to 71 F
Jul Temp 55 to 89 F
Oct Temp 48 to 78 F
Annual Precip 14.8 inches
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Walnut Creek Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 64,296 100%
Male 29,683 46.2%
Female 34,613 53.8%
Under 18 11,309 17.6%
18+ 52,987 82.4%
65+ 16,281 25.3%
Median Age 45.1
Average Family Size 2.78
White 53,937 83.9%
African-American 688 1.1%
Asian 6,017 9.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 210 0.3%
Other 1,263 2%
Mixed Race 2,087 3.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 3,851 6%

Estimated Walnut Creek Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 64,196
Growth -100
Growth % -0.2%

Walnut Creek Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 20.2%
English 11.8%
German 11.4%
Irish 10.2%
Italian 6.9%
US/American 3.9%
Russian 2.9%
Scottish 2.6%
Polish 2.4%
Swedish 2.3%
French (except Basque) 2.1%
European 2%
Norwegian 1.9%
Scotch-Irish 1.7%
Iranian 1.5%
Danish 1.3%
Dutch 1.2%
British 1%
Portuguese 0.9%
French Canadian 0.6%
Hungarian 0.5%
Greek 0.5%
Ukrainian 0.5%
Swiss 0.5%
Northern European 0.5%
Finnish 0.5%
Welsh 0.5%
Canadian 0.5%
Austrian 0.4%
Croatian 0.4%
Eastern European 0.4%
Armenian 0.4%
Arab/Arabic 0.3%
African 0.3%
Afghan 0.3%
Czech 0.3%
Israeli 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Scandinavian 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Yugoslavian 0.3%
Lebanese 0.2%
Egyptian 0.2%
Turkish 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Walnut Creek 64,296 $83,794
Concord 121,780 $62,093
Danville 41,715 $125,867
Lafayette 23,908 $120,364
Moraga 16,290 $116,113
Orinda 17,599 $132,531
Pleasant Hill 32,837 $79,001

Walnut Creek Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1425 S MAIN ST
(925) 295-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(925) 939-3000
Emergency Service: Yes

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(As of 2005)
Broadway Plaza
1146 Broadway
Countrywood - Walnut Creek
716 Bancroft Street
Geary & Camino Verde
1544 Palos Verdes Mall
Main & Bothelo
1152 Locust Street
Main & Duncan
1340 Main Street
Main & Treat
2922 North Main Street
Safeway-Walnut Creek
2941 Ygnacio Valley Rd
Safeway-Walnut Creek
600 S. Broadway
Safeway-Walnut Creek
710 Bancroft Rd
Ygnacio & North Main - Walnut Creek
2001 North Main Street
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Walnut Creek High Schools (2004)

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1460 S. MAIN ST.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,677 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.8

Serves 1,571 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23

A Non-traditional School
Serves 80 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20

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