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.

Demographics

People

Total Population69,007
Male Share of the Population46.5%
Female Share of the Population53.5%
Senior Citizens29.1%
Employed Population 16+31,031
Age of the Population48

Families

% of people married54.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher61.5%
Median Earnings25+$69,889
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$23,617
Median Earnings With High School Degree$32,466

Wealth

Median Family Income$136,729
% Above Poverty Level93.8%
% Below Poverty Level6.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time36 minutes
% Working from Home9.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.8%
% Using Public Transportation17.5%

Housing

People Living Alone35.8%
Median Gross Rent$1,939
Median House Value$758,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)32.4%
German13.6%
English10.6%
Irish10.4%
Italian7.8%
Russian3.3%
French Except Basque3.3%
Scottish2.9%
Iranian2.8%
Polish2.5%
Swedish2.2%
Norwegian1.8%
Arab1.6%
Portuguese1.4%
Dutch1.1%
Danishn0.7%
Greek0.7%
Ukrainian0.7%
Finnish0.6%
Iraqi0.6%
Czech0.6%
Welsh0.6%
Bulgarian0.5%
Austrian0.5%
Canadian0.5%
Swiss0.5%
Romanian0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
Egyptian0.4%
Slovak0.3%
US/American0.3%
Croatian0.3%
African0.3%
Turkish0.2%
Serbian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Maltese0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Syrian0.1%
Palestinian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Australian0.1%
Basque0.1%
Afghan)0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Slovene0.1%
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Walnut Creek Almanac

CategoryValue
CountyContra Costa County
Standard Zip Codes94596, 94597, 94595, 94598
Phone Area Codes51,07,07,925, 55, 10, 707
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude37.89
Approximate Longitude-122.03

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)

StationMOUNT DIABLO JUNCTION
Distance7.3 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
StationUPPER SAN LEANDRO FLTR
Distance11.2 miles
Jan Temp42 to 58 F
Apr Temp46 to 67 F
Jul Temp54 to 75 F
Oct Temp52 to 73 F
Annual Precip26.3 inches
StationLIVERMORE
Distance21 miles
Jan Temp37 to 57 F
Apr Temp44 to 71 F
Jul Temp55 to 89 F
Oct Temp48 to 78 F
Annual Precip14.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Concord128,758$94,838
Danville44,417$183,333
Lafayette26,060$199,213
Moraga17,398$188,194
Orinda19,431$246,659
Pleasant Hill34,785$130,431

Walnut Creek Hospitals

Kaiser Fnd Hosp - Walnut Creek
(Non-profit)
1425 South Main Street
John Muir Medical Center-walnut Creek Campus
(Non-profit)
1601 Ygnacio Valley Road

Walnut Creek Public Schools

Acalanes Center For Independent Study
1963 Tice Valley Blvd.
ZIP: 94595
High
Total Enrollment 31
Parkmead Elementary
1920 Magnolia Way
ZIP: 94595
Primary
Total Enrollment 511
Las Lomas High
1460 S. Main St.
ZIP: 94596
High
Total Enrollment 1541
Murwood Elementary
2050 Vanderslice Ave.
ZIP: 94596
Primary
Total Enrollment 415
Walnut Heights Elementary
4064 Walnut Blvd.
ZIP: 94596
Primary
Total Enrollment 425
Buena Vista Elementary
2355 San Juan Ave.
ZIP: 94597
Primary
Total Enrollment 546
Walnut Creek Intermediate
2425 Walnut Blvd.
ZIP: 94597
Middle
Total Enrollment 1219
Bancroft Elementary
2200 Parish Dr.
ZIP: 94598
Primary
Total Enrollment 525
Eagle Peak Montessori
800 Hutchinson Rd.
ZIP: 94598
Primary
Total Enrollment 227
Foothill Middle
2775 Cedro Ln.
ZIP: 94598
Middle
Total Enrollment 1014
Indian Valley Elementary
551 Marshall Dr.
ZIP: 94598
Primary
Total Enrollment 489
Northgate High
425 Castle Rock Rd.
ZIP: 94598
High
Total Enrollment 1671
Valle Verde Elementary
3275 Peachwillow Ln.
ZIP: 94598
Primary
Total Enrollment 482
Walnut Acres Elementary
180 Cerezo Dr.
ZIP: 94598
Primary
Total Enrollment 625

Walnut Creek Private Schools

Contra Costa Jewish Community Center
2071 Tice Valley Blvd
ZIP: 94595
Elementary
Total Enrollment 13
St Mary Elementary School
1158 Bont Ln
ZIP: 94596
Elementary
Total Enrollment 288
Alice's Montessori Learning Center
3158 Putnam Blvd
ZIP: 94597
Elementary
Total Enrollment 5
Contra Costa Christian School
2721 Larkey Ln
ZIP: 94597
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 256
Garden Gate Montessori School
63 Sandy Ln
ZIP: 94597
Elementary
Total Enrollment 7
Palmer School
2740 Jones Rd
ZIP: 94597
Elementary
Total Enrollment 346
Berean Christian High School
245 El Divisadero Ave
ZIP: 94598
Secondary
Total Enrollment 453
Northcreek Academy & Preschool
2303 Ygnacio Valley Rd A
ZIP: 94598
Elementary
Total Enrollment 384
Seven Hills School
975 N San Carlos Dr
ZIP: 94598
Elementary
Total Enrollment 337
Springfield Montessori School
2780 Mitchell Dr
ZIP: 94598
Elementary
Total Enrollment 24
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