Walnut Creek, of Contra Costa County, is located in the East Bay region about 16 miles east of Oakland. The city features an active downtown neighborhood with hundred-year-old architecture, and plenty of high-end shopping, dining, and entertainment options.
Walnut Creek Arts & Recreation: https://www.walnut-creek.org/departments/arts-and-recreation
Community and Economic Development: https://www.walnut-creek.org/departments/community-and-economic-development
Walnut Creek Visitor’s Guide: https://www.visitwalnutcreek.org/
Walnut Creek is home to approximately 69,800 residents. It is a hub for neighboring major cities due to its proximity to highways from Sacramento, San Jose, and San Fran/Oakland.
With the most open space per capita of any community in California, Walnut Creek has numerous beautiful views of rolling hills, ridge lines, and parks.
Every two years, a sample of Walnut Creek residents are polled for their opinions on the “livability” of the city (in this use meaning not just “habitable,” but “desirable”). The 2019 survey reported that 90% of residents rate quality of life as excellent or good.
The city of Walnut Creek oversees programs to promote arts appreciation, community engagement, wellness, and personal enrichment while also contributing to and helping the City’s economy thrive.
The most popular professions in Walnut Creek are professionals, managers, sales, and office employees. Walnut Creek’s workforce is also among the country’s highest for percentage of employees who telecommute.
Walnut Creek ranks among the highest in California for amenities, crime, education, and employment. As many California cities, Walnut Creek ranks low for cost of living. Within California itself, Walnut Creek’s homes generally range about 60% higher than the state average.
The median home value in Walnut Creek is nearly $800,000, and predictions from Zillow expect that number to increase 4% over the coming year.
The median rent price in Walnut Creek is $3,290, which is lower than the greater San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward Metro median at $3,340.
The East Bay Energy Watch (EBEW) Program was developed to assist small to medium business owners lower their energy costs and offset costs of “going green,” providing incentives which cover on average 50% of the project cost.