Best Places to Live

Walnut Creek, CA

Population: 66,799
LIV
SCORE
622
Downtown Walnut Creek, California. Credit: Rachel Capil Photography

Earning a spot on our Best Places to Live list as well as our Top 10 Foodie Cities and Best Places to Retire lists, Walnut Creek is a beautiful city with a thriving economy in areas like advanced manufacturing, biotechnology, education and healthcare.

The city is a hub destination for several neighboring communities within central Contra Costa County, and attractions include shopping centers, year-round farmers markets, 100 restaurants and 16 public parks. Residents send their children to excellent public schools, and Walnut Creek scores high in civic engagement with citizens and business owners sharing pride and enthusiasm about their community.

Also in the city is Mount Diablo, and those who hike or bike to its 3,849-foot summit are rewarded with stunning views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Find out more about the good life in Walnut Creek.

Walnut Creek, CA Ranking Data

Civic
81
Demographics
60
Economy
58
Education
64
Health
77
Housing
47
Infrastructure
48