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Walnut Creek

The perfect town for homebuyers searching for the typical suburban experience.

Welcome to Walnut Creek

Ranked by Niche as one of Contra Costa County’s best places to live, Walnut Creek is known as a relaxed suburb with stellar schools, conveniently located near major cities like Berkeley, Richmond, and San Francisco. There are many houses for sale in Walnut Creek to meet your needs.

 

Originally an 1800s-era Mexican land grant, this area was settled later in the century and came to be referred to as Walnut Creek. The town gradually grew to include a blacksmith’s shop and various stores; during the 1950s, Walnut Creek’s population boomed after the addition of a shopping center. Today, Walnut Creek has become a commuter hub for the Bay Area.

 

Typical for the Bay Area suburbs, Walnut Creek’s cost of living is high. Many homes are located on sprawling acreage overlooking Mount Diablo, and updated California ranch-style houses are common as well. With convenient shops, restaurants, schools, and parks nearby, this is the perfect town for homebuyers searching for the typical suburban experience.

 

What to Love

  • Upscale shopping center

  • Beautiful green parks

  • Excellent school system

  • Convenient location

People & Lifestyle

The beautiful Bay Area suburb of Walnut Creek provides plenty of green space to enjoy as well as a thriving downtown with lots to do. Walnut Creek is known for its peace and quiet, but it’s never boring; at any moment, you’re just a quick drive from major Bay Area cities.

Young professionals are increasingly attracted to Walnut Creek because of its proximity to prestigious universities and high-profile tech jobs. Urban dwellers looking for a change of pace are drawn to Walnut Creek; the BART train system makes it easy to catch a ride into the city for work. Retirees also love living in Walnut Creek because of the warm climate.

 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Whether you’re looking for dining or shopping opportunities, Walnut Creek has it all! Check out your favorite retail locations, or enjoy a meal with friends at one of Walnut Creek’s most delicious restaurants.

 

Walnut Creek’s iconic Broadway Plaza is a high-end outdoor mall that’s packed with both familiar and unique shopping experiences. Shop all of your favorite stores, such as Neiman Marcus, Crate & Barrel, J. Crew, Kiehl’s, LUSH, Macy’s, Nordstrom, and many more. Broadway Plaza also offers a selection of full-service restaurants.

 

Walnut Creek is also home to a variety of restaurants, including Va de Vi Bistro & Wine Bar, an eclectic restaurant featuring small plates from around the world, and Rooftop Walnut Creek, a restaurant with an outdoor terrace looking out over stunning Mount Diablo. Walnut Creek Yacht Club is the place to go for amazing seafood dishes.

 

Things to Do

There are plenty of great events in Walnut Creek, perfect for meeting your neighbors and making new friends. From fundraisers to festivals, there’s always something happening in town.

 

Locals love attending events like the Walnut Festival! Held each September for the past 85 years, this community event serves as a fundraiser for the town, providing attendees with delicious food and entertainment. The community also puts on regular parades, art exhibits, and an annual crab feast.

 

Outdoorsy residents love spending time at Heather Farm Park, a 102-acre preserve that offers residents incredible amenities like a dog park, garden center, skate park, swim center, multiple athletic courts, and more! There’s also the Lesher Center for the Arts, a cultural center that hosts dance, theater, and comedy performances.

 

Schools

Walnut Creek is home to several excellent schools within five excellent public school systems. Top educational opportunities include:

 

  • Northgate High School, located at the entrance of Mount Diablo State Park

What is Walnut Creek, CA Known for?

Walnut Creek is a bedroom suburb of greater San Francisco. It's known as a hub for agricultural commerce and shipping. Local attractions include state parks, gardens, and museums. Historically, the area was settled by Spanish explorers in the 1770s, eventually becoming a Mexican land grant. American settlers renamed the area Walnut Creek in 1862 because of the prevalence of walnut trees.

 

Is Walnut Creek California a Good Place to Live?

Niche rates Walnut Creek as one of the greatest places to live in California. They rate the city particularly high in terms of their public schools, family life, nightlife, diversity, and housing. There are many fine restaurants, parks, and cafes to visit in the area, one reason why it attracts young professionals and retirees alike.

 

Nearby Neighborhoods

If you enjoy Walnut Creek's calming suburban feel, you might want to check out real estate in Orinda, Pleasant Hill, and Lafayette real estate. We also have beautiful houses for sale in Moraga, a nearby community that was ranked by Niche as one of Contra Costa's best places to live.

Overview for Walnut Creek, CA

69,876 people live in Walnut Creek, where the median age is 47.8 and the average individual income is $72,869. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

69,876

Total Population

47.8 years

Median Age

High

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

$72,869

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
13
Somewhat Bikeable
Bike Score
19
Minimal Transit
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Carmen's Cakes & Pastries, Lover of Paris Macarons, and Mindful Movement Collective.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 2.94 miles 41 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 2.94 miles 25 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.78 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.92 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.88 miles 23 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Walnut Creek, CA

Walnut Creek has 32,126 households, with an average household size of 2.15. 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. 69,876 people call Walnut Creek home. The population density is 3,536.18 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

69,876

Total Population

High

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

47.8

Median Age

47.58 / 52.42%

Men vs Women

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Education Level

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  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
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32,126

Total Households

2.15

Average Household Size

$72,869

Average individual Income

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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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