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Overview

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.

Walnut Creek History

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.

People

Total Population 66,799
Male Share of the Population 46.3%
Female Share of the Population 53.7%
Senior Citizens 27.5%
Employed Population 16+ 29,875
Age of the Population 48

Families

% of people married 52.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 62.3%
Median Earnings25+ $61,485
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,966
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,357

Wealth

Median Family Income $116,350
% Above Poverty Level 94.1%
% Below Poverty Level 5.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 32 minutes
% Working from Home 8.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.8%
% Using Public Transportation 15.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 36.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,577
Median House Value $609,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 30.5%
US/American 0.3%
English 11.6%
Irish 11.1%

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

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

Notes:

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

Station MOUNT DIABLO JUNCTION
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
Station UPPER SAN LEANDRO FLTR
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
Station LIVERMORE
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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Concord 126,268 $79,566
Danville 43,410 $161,650
Lafayette 25,082 $176,127
Moraga 16,787 $169,028
Orinda 18,703 $210,000
Pleasant Hill 34,155 $109,381

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

Walnut Creek Hospitals

KAISER FOUNDATION HOSPITAL MARTINEZ/WALNUT CREEK
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1425 S MAIN ST
(925) 295-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

JOHN MUIR MEDICAL CENTER - WALNUT CREEK CAMPUS
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1601 YGNACIO VALLEY RD
(925) 939-3000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Walnut Creek High Schools

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LAS LOMAS HIGH
1460 S. MAIN ST.
925-935-4110
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,677 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.8

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425 CASTLE ROCK ROAD
925-938-0900
Serves 1,571 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23

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1969 TICE VALLEY BLVD.
925-939-9650
A Non-traditional School
Serves 80 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20

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