Key findings

  • Concord has a Livability Score of 68/100, which is considered average
  • Concord crime rates are 25% higher than the California average
  • Cost of living in Concord is 7% higher than the California average
  • Concord real estate prices are 3% higher than the California average
  • Rental prices in Concord are 7% higher than the California average

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      Concord, CA

      Concord is a mid-sized city at the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area. With Sacramento to the north and San Francisco to the west, it offers the ideal central location for those wanting to enjoy all that northern California has to offer. Concord provides a quiet living environment, yet plenty of social and cultural activities year-round. Plus, affordable living costs and easy access to surrounding metropoles give it a major advantage over larger cities in the area.

      Downtown Concord features the Todos Santos Plaza, which includes a farmer’s market, free concerts in the summer, and numerous shops and restaurants. Concord also has plenty of nature: Mount Diablo State Park offers camping, biking, and hiking trails, as well as breathtaking panoramic views of the Bay. In addition, Lime Ridge Open Space includes 25 miles of trails that run through fields of wildflowers, grasses, and native oak trees. Concord has a few issues, though. Low-quality public schools and unsafe, poorly-maintained areas might discourage some people from living here.

      Concord is a colorful city boasting a vibrant array of unique experiences. Dive into international cuisine from seafood at Shabuya to sushi at Mikuni, and masa crepes at Puesto to coconut milk curries at Koon Thai. Enjoy an evening of live music at the Concord Pavilion or explore work by local creatives at the aRt Cottage on Mt Diablo Street. If you want to learn more, stop by the Concord Museum and Event Center or the Concord Historical Society for information. We also have historic home and walking tours of the city.

      Concord is well known for its commutability. The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), a heavy rail and elevated subway system, can take you to San Francisco in under 45 minutes. The County Connection bus line has a plethora of routes that run throughout the area, linking up to BART and Amtrak stations. Moreover, the monthly East Bay Value Pass gives you unlimited rides on bus routes at a reduced fare. Concord also supports electric vehicles by including over ten charging stations throughout the city in an effort to “go green.”

      Moving to the Bay Area means beautiful weather year-round and a surplus of opportunities to enjoy it. Concord’s rich cultural diversity offers a global experience without having to leave home. Venture out into the vast network of outdoor recreational areas, or splurge on a weekend getaway to Sonoma or Napa Valley. Make new friends from all over the world and create unforgettable experiences. If you’re looking for a city with regional vibrancy minus the sky-high living costs, Concord might be the perfect place to begin your Californian adventure.

      Top Rated Schools in Concord

      Name Grades Students Proficiency
      Floyd I. MarchusKG - 1295n/a
      Elementary SchoolKG - 5432n/a
      Sunrise (Special Education)KG - 832n/a
      Elementary School6 - 8883n/a
      Queen Of All Saints SchoolKG - 8222n/a
      Step By Step Montessori SchoolPK - KG5n/a
      Silverwood Elementary SchoolKG - 5496n/a
      Calvary Christian1 - 1267n/a
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      Used to be a decent place...

      I was born in the area and have lived here most of my life... 30-40 years ago, Concord was a fairly unremarkable but decent place to live...

      But even 40 years ago, and even now, if one wants to, say... have a pizza of better-than-average quality, or go to a concert, or see a professional sports event, or go to a nice, intimate restaurant with great atmosphere and food, or just about anything else of interest, you gotta jump in the car and brave nasty traffic and go to some other city... Of course, there are exceptions, but they are few and far between.

      Seems like the Concord Pavilion has about three shows a year, most often either country or some old rock group on a reunion tour.

      Homes are outrageously expensive (tho not as much as in some nearby much-nicer cities) and crime is getting up there, mostly petty stuff to feed drug habits. I have heard that, in this city of 130,000, there is a Grand Total of FIVE active traffic-patrol cars, which leads to the next paragraph...

      Seems like the main interest of the younger people in town is to drag-race up and down Clayton Road in the middle of the night... Ilive near that road and hear those guys a lot, but never many sirens.

      As to the other interview, it's SunValley Mall, not Sunnyville... And it's gotten pretty run-down. However, the Willows (across the freeway) has been built up quite nicely. and there is a waterpark near that, so I guess there is that...

      And yes, I remember the walnut orchards... They used to be everywhere in the area... 50 years ago. I bet not more than 1% of those are left, the rest replaced by condos, houses, and strip malls.

      Interesting bit of trivia... Before 1920, the agriculture all around here was grapes... All of that was replaced by the walnuts due to Prohibition.

      So yeah, this town has a bit of history and interest... But now, it generally is not a very nice place and too darned expensive.
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      Concord, CA - Walnut Trees and Loads of Fun

      I have visited the city of Concord on many occasions to see my grandparents. What I enjoy about Concord are the Walnut trees, yes Walnut trees! Concord is the only place I know that has Walnut trees! The city is sunny and plentiful with beautiful plants and lots of green. I always go shopping at the Sunnyville Shopping Mall. This mall has every store that you can imagine!

      During one Summer on my trip to Concord, I went to a concert at the Concord Pavilion, and had so much fun! It was on of my favorite concerts I had ever been to. The only thing I don't enjoy about Concord was there is not too much of a Nightlife scene. It is very laid back, and a good place to go to relax. Also, Concord is very close to Napa Valley, I enjoy wine and don't mind driving to Napa Valley when I want to go to a wine tasting.
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      Source: The Concord, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).