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Overview

Introduction to Martinez, California

Martinez, California, in Contra Costa county, is 6 miles NW of Concord, California (center to center) and 16 miles NE of Oakland, California. It's situated on the south side of the Carquinez Strait, largely surrounded by water and open space preserves and is part of the San Francisco Bay Area. The downtown area features a large number of notable old buildings. A Shell refinery plant is nearby. Martinez is a prominent port and petroleum processing location.

Martinez History

In 1824 Don Ygnacio Martinez received a land grant from the Mexican Government, which included the Alhambra Valley. The early settlers in the region utilized Martinez to purchase, sell and ship goods. The city catered to a large number of people passing through on their way to the gold country.

By 1860 Martinez was a prominent shipping port and was utilized by ships from all over world. The railroad reached the area in 1877. It was established as a city in 1876. The renowned John Muir was a resident from 1880 until he died in 1914. Shell Oil Company constructed an oil refinery close to Martinez in 1915 which created a building boom.

Martinez Attractions

  • John Muir National Historic Site includes John Muir's home and a vast woodland and grassland acreage.
  • Martinez Adobe ranch house is designated as a California Historical Landmark.
  • The downtown is known for its numerous antique shops.
  • Martinez Museum is situated in a Victorian cottage and showcases a variety of the city's artifacts.
  • John Muir Amphitheater offers theatrical and musical performances.

Martinez Activities

The Martinez Regional Shoreline is situated along the Carquinez Strait. The Briones Regional Park features rolling grassy hills and is home to a wide variety of wildlife. The Waterbird Regional Preserve is a notable destination for bird enthusiasts. The Carquinez Strait is a scenic location which provides opportunities for fishing and hiking. Crockett Hills Regional Park is located in the county.

The waterfront includes an active marina and is a popular area for fishing and hiking. The Benicia State Recreation Area is situated along the Carquinez Strait and offers bird watching and fishing locations. The scenic paths are utilized for walking, roller skating, jogging and bicycle riding. The Muir Woods, a beautiful redwood forest, is a short distance away. The prominent wineries in Napa Valley are nearby. Residents and visitors can easily enjoy the activities and entertainment in San Francisco.

The Mount Diablo State Park is one of the best ecological locations in the San Francisco Bay Area and includes an extensive trail system, a variety of wildlife and beautiful wildflowers. It also offers horseback riding and bicycle riding opportunities. The Six Flags Discovery Kingdom offers a good time for families.

Martinez Transportation

Amtrak has a station in Martinez.

Martinez Higher Education

Diablo Valley College is nearby.

Demographics

People

Total Population37,902
Male Share of the Population49%
Female Share of the Population51%
Senior Citizens15.1%
Employed Population 16+19,787
Age of the Population44

Families

% of people married50.4%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher38.5%
Median Earnings25+$53,810
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$26,082
Median Earnings With High School Degree$41,086

Wealth

Median Family Income$110,915
% Above Poverty Level94.4%
% Below Poverty Level5.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time31 minutes
% Working from Home6.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.2%
% Using Public Transportation6.5%

Housing

People Living Alone27.1%
Median Gross Rent$1,626
Median House Value$505,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)34.2%
Irish16%
German15.3%
Italian10.9%
English9.1%
French Except Basque3.8%
Scottish3.1%
Swedish3%
Portuguese2.5%
Norwegian2.4%
Dutch1.6%
Polish1.3%
Russian1.3%
Canadian1%
Iranian0.8%
Greek0.7%
Finnish0.6%
Danishn0.6%
Welsh0.5%
African0.4%
Arab0.4%
Hungarian0.3%
Albanian0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Czech0.3%
Romanian0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Brazilian0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Bulgarian0.2%
US/American0.2%
Basque0.2%
Australian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Afghan)0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Icelander0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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Martinez Almanac

CategoryValue
County Contra Costa County
Standard Zip Codes94553
Phone Area Codes925
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude37.98
Approximate Longitude-122.15

Martinez Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationMARTINEZ WATER PLANT
Distance0.9 miles
Jan Temp39 to 54 F
Apr Temp46 to 71 F
Jul Temp55 to 87 F
Oct Temp50 to 76 F
Annual Precip19.5 inches
StationMOUNT DIABLO JUNCTION
Distance14.4 miles
Jan Temp39 to 56 F
Apr Temp43 to 65 F
Jul Temp60 to 85 F
Oct Temp52 to 74 F
Annual Precip23.9 inches
StationOAKLAND MUSEUM
Distance16.8 miles
Jan Temp45 to 57 F
Apr Temp51 to 66 F
Jul Temp57 to 73 F
Oct Temp55 to 72 F
Annual Precip22.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Benicia28,011$115,779
Concord128,160$89,091
Hercules25,260$119,335
Pleasant Hill34,662$119,550
Vallejo120,599$72,091
Walnut Creek68,516$125,355

Martinez Hospitals

East Bay Division - Martinez Outpatient Clinic
(Government - Federal)
150 Muir Rd
(925) 372-2000
Contra Costa Regional Medical Center
(Government - Local)
2500 Alhambra Avenue

Martinez Public Schools

Alhambra Senior High
150 E St.
ZIP: 94553
High
Total Enrollment 1181
Briones (alternative)
614 F St.
ZIP: 94553
Other
Total Enrollment 38
Golden Gate Community
222 Glacier Dr.
ZIP: 94553
Other
Total Enrollment 107
Hidden Valley Elementary
500 Glacier Dr.
ZIP: 94553
Primary
Total Enrollment 806
John Muir Elementary
205 Vista Way
ZIP: 94553
Primary
Total Enrollment 434
John Swett Elementary
4955 Alhambra Valley Rd.
ZIP: 94553
Primary
Total Enrollment 514
Las Juntas Elementary
4105 Pacheco Blvd.
ZIP: 94553
Primary
Total Enrollment 427
Martinez Early Intervention Preschool Program (meipp)
921 Susana St.
ZIP: 94553
Martinez Junior High
1600 Ct. St.
ZIP: 94553
Middle
Total Enrollment 978
Morello Park Elementary
1200 Morello Park Dr.
ZIP: 94553
Primary
Total Enrollment 530
Mt. Mckinley
202 Glacier Dr.
ZIP: 94553
High
Total Enrollment 93
Vicente Martinez High
614 F St.
ZIP: 94553
High
Total Enrollment 110

Martinez Private Schools

Bayside Montessori Learning Center
127 Midhill Rd
ZIP: 94553
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
New Vistas Christian School
68 Morello Ave
ZIP: 94553
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 17
St Catherine Of Siena School
604 Mellus St
ZIP: 94553
Elementary
Total Enrollment 151
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