Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek boasts an incredibly active downtown commercial district.

Welcome to Walnut Creek

Bustling East Bay hub at the center of it all in Contra Costa Count​​​​​​​.

At the heart of the East Bay's fast-growing Contra Costa County is vibrant Walnut Creek. The city serves as the central core around which the rest of the region revolves—Highway 24 and Interstate 680 intersect on the city's western edge.


Having developed around the Southern Pacific and Sacramento Northern Railroads in the late 1890s and early 1900s, Walnut Creek's history was often in service to the region, acting as a connective tissue. Walnut Creek bridges the rural, open spaces of the east with the more populous Bay Area cities to the west.


In recent times, Walnut Creek has come into its own. The city has experienced the growth and proliferation of numerous highly desirable neighborhoods within its borders. Walnut Knolls is a hidden treasure from the 1940s and 1950s, and Parkmead a suburban oasis with a bustling big-city vibe. The esteemed Woodlands warrants recognition as one of the area’s best family-oriented places to live. Northgate is rural, luxury living at its finest, including the equestrian-friendly Rancho Paraiso and Lime Ridge Open Space.


Walnut Creek boasts an incredibly active downtown commercial district. Anchoring the southern end of the highly walkable area is the Broadway Plaza outdoor mall, filled with modern shops, restaurants, and the only Tesla dealership in the upper East Bay.


Further up Main Street, modern gives way to more quaint boutiques and a mix of classic and contemporary, including Lesher Regional Center for the Arts and the Walnut Creek Farmers Market.


Favorite spots to spend an evening include Canvas and Cabernet and Prima Restaurant. The Walnut Creek Yacht Club is one of the best sushi spots in East Bay.


There is room to roam within Walnut Creek. The city claims more open space per capita than any other spot in California. The southeastern part of town serves as a gateway into the backpacking paradise of Diablo Foothills Regional Park and the 20,000-acre Mt. Diablo State Park. Other points of interest include the Lindsay Wildlife Center, Sugarloaf Open Space, and The Botanical Gardens at Heather Farms.

Overview for Walnut Creek, CA

86,970 people live in Walnut Creek, where the median age is 49.4 and the average individual income is $72,488.55. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

86,970

Total Population

49.4 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$72,488.55

Average individual Income

Around Walnut Creek, CA

There's plenty to do around Walnut Creek, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Car-Dependent
Walking Score
11
Somewhat Bikeable
Bike Score
19
Minimal Transit
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including California Diving Academy, Community Arts Preschool at Civic Park, and Amy Gluchowski - Personal Training.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Active 1.52 miles 28 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.13 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.21 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.62 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.34 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.74 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Walnut Creek, CA

Walnut Creek has 38,690 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Walnut Creek do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 86,970 people call Walnut Creek home. The population density is 3,041.39 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

86,970

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

49.4

Median Age

47.44 / 52.56%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

0-9:

0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
38,690

Total Households

2

Average Household Size

$72,488.55

Average individual Income

Marital Status

Married
Single
Divorced
Separated

Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Walnut Creek, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Walnut Creek. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Indian Valley Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Alice's Montessori Learning Center
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Halstrom Academy - Walnut Creek
PRIVATE
6th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
1st - 8th
4/5
Walnut Creek Intermediate
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
Northcreek Academy & Preschool
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
St Mary Elementary School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Berean Christian High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
Walnut Acres Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
Buena Vista Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Walnut Heights Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
Wellspring Educational Services Inc
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
Contra Costa Christian School
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
Walnut Creek Christian Academy
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Halstrom Academy - Walnut Creek
PRIVATE
6th - 12th
No rating available
Kla Schools Of Walnut Creek
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
Acalanes Center for Independent Study
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
Contra Costa School of Performing Arts
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
3/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5

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