Walnut Creek

An urban Contra Costa County city with a bustling downtown and many parks and amenities.

Welcome to Walnut Creek

Vibrant city with diverse housing and a lively downtown.

Walnut Creek is an urban Contra Costa County city with a bustling downtown and many parks and amenities. The community’s convenient location at the intersection of Interstate 680 and State Route 24 and BART railway access make it a transportation hub with easy access to other areas. Along with its lively downtown, Walnut Creek boasts more publicly-owned land than any other community in California. Surrounded by undeveloped hillsides and open space preserves, as well as an active arts and culture scene, Walnut Creek is a community with something for everyone.

Walnut Creek’s diverse housing options include downtown condominiums and apartments, quiet neighborhoods of spacious single-family homes, and lavish hillside estates with sweeping views over Mount Diablo.

What to Love

  • Diverse housing options.
  • Vibrant downtown.
  • Parks and open space.
  • Arts and cultural events.

People & Lifestyle

Walnut Creek is a dynamic community whose population represents all demographics. Downtown condos and apartments are perfect for young professionals looking to remain close to the city’s many restaurants and nightlife spots, while the city’s quieter neighborhoods are popular with young families. There’s also a large community for over-55s located in the Rossmoor district, with state-of-the-art recreational facilities, golfing, and easy access to surrounding open space preserves.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Walnut Creek’s Main Street is lined with boutique shops, international restaurants, and hip nightlife spots. The chic Californian-style bistro Main Street Kitchen is a popular spot for brunch, lunch, and dinner dishes prepared using fresh local ingredients. Lively Lokanta Mediterranean Grill & Bar fuses the flavors of Greece and Turkey and has a great selection of wines and cocktails. Other standout dining options include Walnut Creek Yacht Club’s ocean-fresh seafood, wine-focused Catalonian bistro Va de Vi, innovative Thai spot Kacha Thai Bistro, and delicious Italian dishes at elegant Il Fornaio. Nightlife options include sports bars, craft beer breweries, Irish pubs, and nightclubs. Broadway Plaza is an upscale outdoor mall anchored by Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Macy’s. Other businesses at Broadway Plaza include dozens of fashion stores and restaurants, such as health-conscious True Food Kitchen. Lesher Center for the Arts has three theaters that stage a varied program of ballet and other dance performances, comedy shows, lectures, and literary events.

Things to Do

102-acre Heather Farm Park is a sprawling recreation hotspot with amenities such as swimming and equestrian centers, tennis and volleyball courts, a skate park, fishing pond, all-ability playground, six athletic fields, and an off-leash dog park. Heather Farm connects to the 32-mile Iron Horse Trail, which provides a scenic path for cycling, horseback riding, and walking along the route of the historic Southern Pacific Railroad. Since 1936, the annual harvest of the local walnuts that give the community its name is celebrated during September’s Walnut Festival at Heather Farm Park. Over the years the festival has expanded into a four-day extravaganza, with two stages of live music, a carnival with more than 30 rides, and vendors selling food, drink, and arts-and-crafts. In June, Heather Farm Park hosts Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival, showcasing wineries from Napa and Sonoma counties, along with regional craft beer breweries, artisans, and live music. There’s also live music and arts-and-crafts downtown on the first Wednesday of each month from May to September during the First Wednesdays Street Fest. Broadway Plaza stages frequent events throughout the year, including a Summer Concert Series with live music on Thursday evenings in August.

Schools

Public schools within Walnut Creek belong to the Walnut Creek Elementary, Mt. Diablo Unified, and Acalanes Union High school districts.

  • Walnut Heights Elementary, Public, K-5.
  • Tice Creek, Public, K-8.
  • Foothill Middle, Public, 6-8.
  • Las Lomas High, Public, 9-12.
  • Northgate High, Public, 9-12.

Overview for Walnut Creek, CA

14,059 people live in Walnut Creek, where the median age is 49.4 and the average individual income is $109,101. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

14,059

Total Population

49.4 years

Median Age

High

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

$109,101

Average individual Income

Demographics and Employment Data for Walnut Creek, CA

Walnut Creek has 4,815 households, with an average household size of 2.91. 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. 14,059 people call Walnut Creek home. The population density is 1,107.53 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

14,059

Total Population

High

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

49.4

Median Age

52.34 / 47.66%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

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25-64 Years

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65-74 Years

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75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
4,815

Total Households

2.91

Average Household Size

$109,101

Average individual Income

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Commute Time

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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.
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