Walnut Creek, CA

Population: 67,568 livability score shield

Key findings

  • Walnut Creek has a Livability Score of 79/100, which is considered exceptional
  • Walnut Creek crime rates are 18% higher than the California average
  • Cost of living in Walnut Creek is 27% higher than the California average
  • Walnut Creek real estate prices are 58% higher than the California average
  • Rental prices in Walnut Creek are 33% higher than the California average

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      Walnut Creek, CA - An East Bay Gem
      I've lived close to Walnut Creek, located in the San Francisco East Bay, for most of my life. The city has a Mediterranean climate--moist, cool winters and dry, hot summers. Granted, it is more of a place where people live than a destination to visit, but Walnut Creek has much to offer.

      Despite its agricultural roots, Walnut Creek is very much a suburban utopia. It lacks the excitement of the big city. However, San Francisco is only a BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) ride away, and Walnut Creek has a station with a direct line.

      Walnut Creek has a number of educational opportunities such as the Lindsay Wildlife Museum and the Lesher Center for the Arts. For fans of the outdoors, Walnut Creek boasts a bounty of gardens and parks. The Boundary Oak Golf Course is an 18-hole green with manicured lawns and lovely views of the surrounding hills.

      The shopping in Walnut Creek is also fantastic. My girlfriends and I will often travel miles to spend a leisurely afternoon strolling about the Broadway Plaza Shopping Center, or eating at one of Walnut Creek's great restaurants. The Counter, specializing in gourmet burgers, is a personal favorite.
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      Source: The Walnut Creek, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).