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    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    D+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D-
  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
    B-
Contra Costa County is located in California with a population of 1,107,925. Contra Costa County is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Contra Costa County offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Contra Costa County there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Contra Costa County and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Contra Costa County are highly rated.
Population
1,107,925

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$472,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,506
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    35%
  • Own
    65%
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Contra Costa County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    181
    283
  • Murder
    4
    6
  • Rape
    27
    41
  • Robbery
    138
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    374
    500
  • Theft
    1,805
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    520
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$82,881
National
$55,322
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    15%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    26%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    18%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%

Contra Costa County Reviews

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I love Contra Costa County. This is where I was born and have since moved, but I feel happy with the foundation I received here. It is a family-friendly environment with many enrichment programs, free parks and sports areas, hiking, trails, and various accessible pool. Unfortunately, the public school system sees success in only a elect few of the various elementary, middle, and high schools available. There is not much diversity in Contra Costa, the majority of the population being either white or hispanic families whose breadwinners commute to and from work, or retired individuals. People are relatively active in the city politics in this area, and students do rather well when compared to other counties in California. The property is expensive but incredibly located, with the closest major city being less than an hour away and accessible by public transportation. Overall, a great place to live.
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Contra Costa County is a very nice area in the East Bay. There are nice schools, easy transportation with BART, making the rest of the bay area accessible. The housing varies from new housing to more vintage housing. In areas like San Ramon and Walnut Creek you can find more of an upscale and modern area for shopping and eating. In Concord/Pleasant Hill/Martinez it varies. It is overall a very safe area.
It can feel closterfobic at times with all the traffic. Depending on the city, there can be some very biased attitudes towards race. However, one can easily find something fun to do not far away from where they live. Having a bart system really helps when getting around.