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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C-
  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
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
Pleasant Hill is a suburb of Oakland with a population of 34,785. Pleasant Hill is in Contra Costa County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Pleasant Hill offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Pleasant Hill there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Pleasant Hill and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Pleasant Hill are highly rated.
About Pleasant Hill...
Population
34,785

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$680,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,946
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    36%
  • Own
    64%
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Pleasant Hill 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
    59.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    2.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    8.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    90.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    380.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,894.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    218.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    7%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    18%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    37%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    10%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%

Working in Pleasant Hill

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$110,137
National
$55,322
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Pleasant Hill has a community that cares about it's citizens and is driven to make a difference. It is home to one of the best community colleges in the nation and beautifully kept parks. Through community events, like concerts in the park, festivals, and even an annual Relay for Life, Pleasant Hill residents always have a way to come together. With hundreds of volunteer opportunities and chances for the youth to give back to the community, growing up in Pleasant Hill was a rewarding experience. City council members have always reached out to the youth and guided them in a pathway to success and making a difference. The local Parks and Rec Department offers amazing childcare, camps, clubs, and activities for all different ages. With city events like the annual Community Service Day, I can thank the city for teaching me how to be involved and form community ties that will last forever.
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I have lived In Pleasant Hill CA for 9 years and It is an amazing city for the most part. I like how it has Valhalla elementary school, Valley View middle school, College Park High School, and Diablo Valley College. I went to Valley View middle school then College Park High school and Now I'm going to Diablo Valley College. It's very nice how all these schools are right next to each other because if they weren't this close to each other I probably would have to move to another city. The one thing I would change about Pleasant hill is the fact that it's not Diverse. When I was going to College Park High School African Americans were 1% of the school's population. As an African American, I thought that was very unfair because I felt unfit. I would also change hoe expensive the houses are in this area. Another thing I would change is Job opportunities. I feel like Pleasant Hill Doesn't provide a lot of job opportunities. My brother and I applied for a lot of jobs but couldn't find jobs.
Pleasant Hill is the perfect place to settle if you like being close to the city, but want to live in a rural setting. It is located between Concord and Walnut Creek, which are two highly sought after small cities. Pleasant Hill is a family-oriented town where its dwellers are truly proud to be a part of the all-inclusive community. This town has an exceptional school system and no shortage of parks and recreational activities. Downtown Pleasant Hill offers great dining, walking, outdoor concerts, farmers markets, a movie theater, and nightlife, including the popular Jacks Taps! There is not much that needs changing in Pleasant Hill, and if I had to suggest something it would be the subtle remodel of a few small shopping centers.