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A+ Walnut Creek Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Walnut Creek Cost of Living Cost of living is 28% higher than California
Walnut Creek
18080% more expensive than the US average
California
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Walnut Creek cost of living
C+ Walnut Creek Crime Total crime is 18% higher than California
Total crime
3,34129% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3029% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
6%Year over year crime is up
Walnut Creek crime
B+ Walnut Creek Employment Household income is 30% higher than California
Median household income
$82,84850% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$53,84981% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%19% lower than the US average
Walnut Creek employment
C- Walnut Creek Housing Home value is 58% higher than California
Median home value
$647,400251% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,72181% higher than the US average
Home ownership
64%equal to the US average
Walnut Creek real estate or Walnut Creek rentals
A+ Walnut Creek Schools HS graduation rate is 21% higher than California
High school grad. rates
97%17% higher than the US average
School test scores
68%38% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
21:129% higher than the US average
Walnut Creek K-12 schools

Living in Walnut Creek, CA

Walnut Creek, California is a moderately-sized city with a population of 67,568 inhabitants. In Walnut Creek, there are 3,420 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. If we look at the most recent Census, Walnut Creek is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Asian and Black. The Walnut Creek population appears to be aging at a faster rate than normal. The median age is currently 49, which is on the high side when compared to most other cities. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 84% of the population considered married and 64% with kids under the age of 18, Walnut Creek could be considered a very suitable city for families.

Living in Walnut Creek can be a fulfilling experience for anyone moving to the town. Having said that, in the state of California, there are many amazing places to live, so choose wisely! The best areas in Walnut Creek and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from crime, cost of living, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the California and national averages.

Walnut Creek has a livability score of 79 out of 100 and is ranked #105 in California and #2,444 in the USA. Clearly, Walnut Creek is doing something right, as this score ranks well above the average of most cities. This city is also ranked in the top 10 percentile of all cities across the USA. If we take a closer look at each of the categories individually, we see that Walnut Creek ranks well for amenities (A+), crime (B), weather (B+), education (A+) and employment (B+). Unfortunately for Walnut Creek, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: cost of living (F).

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Walnut Creek on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Walnut Creek: Lindsay Wildlife Museum, The Ruth Bancroft Garden, and All-Outdoors California Whitewater Rafting - Day Trips.

Low violent crime (murder, rape, robbery, assault) is a must for most people when searching for a new area to live. At 150 crimes per 100,000 residents, Walnut Creek has a violent crime rate that is far below the national average.

The average school test scores in Walnut Creek are 68%. This far exceeds the national average and ensures that this educational system will provide your children with the skills and the tools they need to thrive.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Walnut Creek is actually affordable. The median home price for Walnut Creek homes is $647,400, which is 58.2% higher than the California average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Walnut Creek, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 7.8, which is 21.9% higher than the California average. Real estate appreciation rates in Walnut Creek are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Walnut Creek homes comes in at 3.6%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 8.8%.

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Compare Walnut Creek, CA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Walnut Creek, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Crocker Highland, Oakland82122,280
Upper Rockridge, Oakland8211.45,996
Montclair, Oakland8110.64,011
Forestland, Oakland809.61,954
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Shepherd Canyon, Oakland809.91,863
Merriwood, Oakland8010.23,273
Glen Highlands, Oakland7910.71,473
Panoramic Hill, Oakland7910.61,751

Best Cities Near Walnut Creek, CA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Port Costa, CA8912.6228
Lafayette, CA854.425,381
Mill Valley, CA8527.414,318
Hillsborough, CA8429.511,312
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Contra Costa Centre, CA841.86,190
Belvedere, CA8423.62,017
Tiburon, CA8422.89,170
Palo Alto, CA8432.366,649

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Walnut Creek, CA - An East Bay Gem

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Community8/10
Nightlife6/10
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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).
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