Downtown Walnut Creek

Downtown Walnut Creek, California. Credit: Rachel Capil Photography

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How We Calculate Our Data
Civics 81
Demographics 60
Economy 58
Education 64
Health 77
Housing 47
Infrastructure 48

#57. Walnut Creek, CA

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.

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