A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  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
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$609,000
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,577
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    36%
  • Own
    64%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    88
    273
  • Murder
    1
    6
  • Rape
    3
    41
  • Robbery
    41
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    499
    525
  • Theft
    2,860
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    347
    263

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$82,120
National
$53,889
Children
14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    26%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    36%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    10%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools

Walnut Creek Reviews

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If only Walnut Creek didn't have spiders! The public schools are great and really push their students to work hard to earn their grades - A's aren't handed out. There are a lot of local businesses, family-owned establishments, as well as big stores here. Downtown mall is nice to visit as well. It is however, a bit expensive to live here but well worth it as the streets are very clean and the city is always re innovating! One down side: there is a noticeable crime rate here. I've heard of cars being broken into even in my quiet neighborhood as well as mail box thieves in our condo area. I can't speak for the job opportunities or the nightlife (I do not take part) but all in all, Walnut Creek is great.
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Walnut Creek is a great city to raise a family. They have nice, safe neighborhoods. Downtown Walnut Creek is on the rise with more shops, restaurants and businesses coming in. Broadway Plaza's renovation and update is almost complete. We have been happy living here for almost 20 years!
Walnut Creek is is a small city in Contra Costa County in Bay Area. Considered as a city of East Bay of San Francisco Bay Area, Walnut Creek is about 50 minutes away east of San Francisco and provides a much quiter, cleaner suburban environment than many cities in Bay Area. It is a great place to raise live and raise children. Recently, its downtown has been rennovated with numerous new stores, restaurants, and shopping malls. Honestly, it is a hidden gem of SF Bay Area. Two down sides of Walnut Creek are the job opportunities and diversity, which are relative less abundant and diverse compared to other bay area cities. Nonetheless, in short, I would recommend Walnut Creek to anyone interested in living in and enjoying this lively city.