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  • Martinez has a Livability Score of 78/100, which is considered exceptional
  • Martinez crime rates are 39% lower than the California average
  • Cost of living in Martinez is 12% higher than the California average
  • Martinez real estate prices are 13% higher than the California average
  • Rental prices in Martinez are 20% higher than the California average

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      Top Rated Schools in Martinez

      Name Grades Students Proficiency
      Morello Park ElementaryKG - 553065%
      Alhambra Senior High9 - 121,18155%
      John Swett ElementaryKG - 551450%
      Hidden Valley ElementaryKG - 580648%
      Martinez Junior High6 - 897846%
      John Muir ElementaryKG - 543446%
      Golden Gate Community6 - 12107n/a
      Mt. Mckinley7 - 1293n/a
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      Attractions7/10
      Community9/10
      Nightlife6/10
      Dining7/10
      Shopping4/10
      I've lived in Martinez for over 20 years and Pleasant Hill for 15 years. What I like about living in historical downtown Martinez are the old custom homes, and the proximity to the water and the weather it brings. I currently live in a house that was built in 1926 on the old Christian Brothers land, which became available after they move to Napa. Regarding the weather, the coolest weather will be experienced North of Highway 4. My current residence is walking distance to downtown, which is less than quarter mile from the Carquinez Straits. This brings nice breezes which helps it cool down when is sunny and warm. During the winter time, it is slightly warmer than the surrounding areas due to the proximity to the water. There is a nice marina with plenty on uncovered berths, and a pier for fishing. There is also a marshland area with walking and biking trails where you can observe plenty of wildlife. There is a large bocce ball field and skate park in the marina as well. Due to the mostly constant Breeze the marina is a great place to fly kites. Amtrak runs through Martinez so there are travel options available. The downtown area is currently thriving, with a new Greek restaurant, bike shop and 3 breweries. There are plenty of other restaurants, a candy shop, beauty shops, a dog park and public swimming pool. Martinez is nestled next to a sizable range of hills with plenty of hiking and biking trails. The current mayor is working towards redeveloping the marina with more businesses in shops, and bringing in a semi-pro baseball team.Being the county seat of Contra Costa, there is a jail, bail bonds, courthouse, and county hospital. After these legal facilities close, the town quiets down substantially. There is also a large oil refinery towards the eastern side which brings plenty of work to the area but may be a turn off to some. Martinez is a mix of blue collar, white collar residences and artists. Currently, homes range between 350k upwards of 4 million dollars. The farther you go south (5-7 miles) the newer the homes are for the most part. There's plenty of horse property and pricey country estates on large lots towards the west hilly side in Martinez. The southwest side of Martinez butts up to affluent Lafayette and middle-class Pleasant Hill. These areas usually have Pleasant Hill School assignments. North of Highway 4, kids will be assigned to the Martinez School District which is rated well and does not except transfer students from less desirable areas as far as I know. Diablo Valley community College in Pleasant Hill is between 1/2 Miles to 8 miles away, depending on which part of Martinez you live in. Downtown Martinez is off the "beaten track" so to say. Given this, it does not experience the crime levels as areas of Concord and Pleasant Hill. Like all cities in this area, there is a homeless population here, but nowhere near the amount as Concord and some areas of Pleasant Hill. Some people still look down on Martinez due to the oil refinery, jail and a history bikers and drugs. They have no idea that this city has changed for the better in the last 30 years. I'm actually okay with that, since it's nice just how it is population and demographic wise, and a nice place to raise a family with a strong sense of community.
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      Martinez, CA is a Great Place To Call Home

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      Nightlife8/10
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      Shopping9/10
      I live in Martinez, CA and enjoy making it my home. Martinez is the county seat and is modern and up to date. Yet, it has vineyards and local farms that still produce fresh products. It has a wonderful park by the water and a number of great museums.

      Centered around Pacheco Boulevard, the town features a variety of restaurants and artist shops. I love to visit the home of John Muir who lived in Martinez. The Martinez adobe of the ranch owner, Vincente Martinez, still stands and is now a park. Because of its location on the water, Martinez is home to a number of oil refineries that supply fuel for the San Francisco Bay Area.

      Martinez has a great family atmosphere centering around yearly festivals and entertainment shows. Shopping centers offer a variety of stores and restaurants to visit. Martinez features a variety of both blue and white-collar jobs. It has some of the lower housing prices in the San Francisco Area. Plus, if you like martinis, a bar owner created the drink in Martinez.
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      Source: The Martinez, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).