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Walnut Creek is a city in Contra Costa County, California, United States, located in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay
San Francisco Bay
Area, about 16 miles (26 kilometres) east of the city of Oakland. With a total estimated population of 67,673, Walnut Creek serves as a hub for its neighboring cities because of its location at the junction of the highways from Sacramento and San Jose (I-680) and San Francisco/Oakland (SR-24) and its accessibility by BART. Its active downtown neighborhood features hundred-year-old buildings and extensive high-end retail establishments, restaurants and entertainment venues.

Contents

1 History 2 Geography and climate

2.1 Open space 2.2 Climate

3 Public transit and bike trails 4 Demographics

4.1 2010 census 4.2 2000 census

5 Education

5.1 Public K-12 5.2 Private K-12 5.3 Public libraries

6 Economy

6.1 Top employers

7 Culture

7.1 Arts companies and venues

7.1.1 Bedford Gallery 7.1.2 California
California
Symphony 7.1.3 Center Repertory Company 7.1.4 Civic Arts Education 7.1.5 Diablo Ballet 7.1.6 Festival Opera 7.1.7 Lesher Center for the Arts

8 Points of interest 9 Media 10 Notable people 11 Sister cities 12 See also 13 References 14 Further reading 15 External links

History[edit]

Downtown Walnut Creek

There are three bands of Bay Miwok
Bay Miwok
Indians associated with early Walnut Creek:[8][9] the Saclan, whose territory extended through the hills east of present-day Oakland, Rossmoor, Lafayette, Moraga and Walnut Creek; the Volvon (also spelled Bolbon, Wolwon and Zuicun) near Mt. Diablo; and the Tactan located on the San Ramon Creek in Danville and Walnut Creek. Today's Walnut Creek is located within the earlier site of four Mexican land grants. One of these land grants – measuring 18,000 acres (73 km2) – belonged to Juana Sanchez de Pacheco, who eventually passed the land down to her two grandsons. Ygnacio Sibrian, one of the grandsons, created the first roofed home in the valley in about 1850. The grant was called Rancho Arroyo de Las Nueces y Bolbones, named after the principal waterway, Arroyo de las Nueces (Walnut Creek), as well as for the local group of indigenous Americans (Bolbones). The Arroyo de las Nueces was named for the evidence of the native species of walnut tree, the California
California
Walnut. With the coming of American settlers following the Mexican-American War, a small settlement called "The Corners" emerged, named because it was the place where roads from Pacheco and Lafayette met. The site of this first American settlement is found today at the intersection of Mt. Diablo
Mt. Diablo
Boulevard and North
North
Main Street. The first town settler was William Slusher, who built a dwelling on the bank of Walnut Creek, which was called "Nuts Creek" by the Americans in 1849. In the year 1855, Milo Hough of Lafayette built the hotel named "Walnut Creek House" in the corners. A blacksmith shop and a store soon joined the hotel, and a year later, Hiram Penniman (who built Shadelands Ranch) laid out the town site and realigned the Main Street of today. Two decades later, the community changed its name from The Corners to Walnut Creek. In December 1862 a United States Post Office
Post Office
was established, and the community was named "Walnut Creek".[10] The downtown street patterns laid out in 1871–1872 by pioneer Homer Shuey on a portion of one of his family's large cattle ranches are still present today. Walnut Creek began to grow with the arrival of Southern Pacific Railroad service in 1891. On October 21, 1914, the town and the surrounding area of 500 acres (2.0 square kilometres)), were incorporated as the 8th city in Contra Costa County. A branch line of the Southern Pacific railroad ran through Walnut Creek until the late 1970s. The East Bay Regional Park District's Iron Horse Trail, used by walkers, runners and bikers, runs over what were portions of that branch line.[11] The mainline of the Sacramento Northern
Sacramento Northern
Railway passed through Walnut Creek. Both railroads had stations here. Today, the Pittsburg/Bay Point – SFO Line
Pittsburg/Bay Point – SFO Line
line of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) serves Walnut Creek with a station adjacent to Highway 680. With the 1951 opening of the downtown Broadway Shopping
Shopping
Center (now Broadway Plaza), Contra Costa County's first major retail center, the city took off in a new direction, and its population more than quadrupled – from 2,460 in 1950 to 9,903 in 1960. Geography and climate[edit] Walnut Creek is located at 37°54′23″N 122°03′54″W / 37.90639°N 122.06500°W / 37.90639; -122.06500.[12] Portions lie in both the San Ramon Valley and the Ygnacio Valley below the western slopes of Mount Diablo. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 19.8 sq mi (51.2 km2), 0.06 percent of which is water. Walnut Creek – the actual waterway that runs through town – has been routed underneath downtown through a series of tunnels starting at the southwest end of Macy's
Macy's
and ending just southwest of Maria Maria Restaurant. Open space[edit]

Shell Ridge Open Space

Walnut Creek owns more open space per capita than any other community in the state of California. In 1974, Walnut Creek voters approved a $6.7 million bond measure that allowed the city to purchase 1,800 acres (730 ha) of undeveloped hillsides, ridge lines, and park sites. Walnut Creek owns parts of Lime Ridge Open Space, Shell Ridge Open Space, Acalanes Ridge Open Space, and Sugarloaf Open Space. The East Bay Regional Park District
East Bay Regional Park District
operates Diablo Foothills Regional Park and Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area, both in Walnut Creek. Climate[edit] Walnut Creek's warm summer Mediterranean climate
Mediterranean climate
(Köppen climate classification Csb) is typical of California's interior valleys. In summer, high pressure is in control of the region, leading to almost unbroken sunshine and virtually no precipitation. Days start out cool but quickly warm up, with high temperatures normally in the 80s Fahrenheit (27 to 32 °C). Temperatures of 100 °F (38 °C) or hotter occur numerous times during heatwaves, however. In the winter, the jet stream moves far enough south so that Pacific storms can reach Walnut Creek, bringing much-needed rain – average annual rainfall approximates 20 inches (510 mm), with slight variations occurring in microclimates based on elevation and topography. During particularly cold storms, snow falls on the peak of nearby Mount Diablo, but snow in the valley floor is very rare. There are also plenty of clear, mild days in winter, often with morning frost. The climate allows for the successful cultivation of many plants and crops, being warm enough for citrus yet cold enough for apples. The Ruth Bancroft Garden
Ruth Bancroft Garden
is a renowned botanical garden that showcases the diversity of plants that can be successfully grown.

Climate data for WALNUT CREEK 2 ESE, California
California
(1893–1974)

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Record high °F (°C) 80 (27) 83 (28) 97 (36) 94 (34) 103 (39) 109 (43) 115 (46) 112 (44) 114 (46) 101 (38) 89 (32) 76 (24) 115 (46)

Average high °F (°C) 55 (13) 61 (16) 65 (18) 71 (22) 76 (24) 83 (28) 88 (31) 87 (31) 84 (29) 77 (25) 66 (19) 56 (13) 72.4 (22.4)

Average low °F (°C) 36 (2) 38 (3) 40 (4) 43 (6) 47 (8) 52 (11) 54 (12) 54 (12) 52 (11) 46 (8) 41 (5) 37 (3) 45.0 (7.2)

Record low °F (°C) 17 (−8) 21 (−6) 24 (−4) 28 (−2) 32 (0) 34 (1) 38 (3) 41 (5) 36 (2) 27 (−3) 23 (−5) 18 (−8) 17 (−8)

Average precipitation inches (mm) 4.52 (114.8) 3.62 (91.9) 2.47 (62.7) 1.38 (35.1) 0.56 (14.2) 0.14 (3.6) 0.01 (0.3) 0.04 (1) 0.24 (6.1) 1.05 (26.7) 2.26 (57.4) 3.83 (97.3) 20.12 (511.1)

Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 10 9 8 5 3 1 0 0 1 3 6 9 53

Source: [13][14]

Public transit and bike trails[edit]

Ygnacio Valley Canal Trail to Lime Ridge Open Space

The city hosts two BART
BART
stations, Walnut Creek station and Pleasant Hill station (in the unincorporated area known as Contra Costa Centre Transit Village). BART
BART
provides direct service from Walnut Creek to San Francisco, heading west, and Pittsburg, heading east. Other cities such as Berkeley and Fremont can be accessed via transfers. Central Contra Costa Transit Authority (County Connection/CCCTA) provides bus service throughout Walnut Creek and Contra Costa County at a modest cost. County Connection
County Connection
also operates three free weekday shuttles within city limits: the Downtown Trolley/Route 4 loops from Walnut Creek BART
BART
to Broadway Plaza; Route 5 runs from Walnut Creek BART
BART
to Creekside; and Route 7, which runs from Pleasant Hill BART
BART
to Shadelands Business Park. Walnut Creek is transected by the Iron Horse Trail (running north/south) through its downtown, as well as the Contra Costa Canal Trail (running east/west) at the north end of the city. Both these trails, in addition to city bike lanes, make bicycle transportation feasible for both recreation and an alternative commute. Demographics[edit]

Historical population

Census Pop.

1880 94

1920 538

1930 1,014

88.5%

1940 1,578

55.6%

1950 2,420

53.4%

1960 9,903

309.2%

1970 39,844

302.3%

1980 54,033

35.6%

1990 60,569

12.1%

2000 64,296

6.2%

2010 64,173

−0.2%

Est. 2016 69,122 [7] 7.7%

U.S. Decennial Census[15]

2010 census[edit] The 2010 United States Census[16] reported that Walnut Creek had a population of 64,173. The population density was 3,246.2 people per square mile (1,253.4/km²). The racial makeup of Walnut Creek was 50,487 (78.7 percent) White, 1,035 (1.6 percent) African American, 155 (0.2 percent) Native American, 8,027 (12.5 percent) Asian, 125 (0.2 percent) Pacific Islander, 1,624 (2.5 percent) from other races, and 2,720 (4.2 percent) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5,540 persons (8.6 percent). The Census reported that 63,171 people (98.4 percent of the population) lived in households, 176 (0.3 percent) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 826 (1.3 percent) were institutionalized. There were 30,443 households, out of which 6,363 (20.9 percent) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 13,305 (43.7 percent) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 2,071 (6.8 percent) had a female householder with no husband present, 844 (2.8 percent) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 1,286 (4.2 percent) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 298 (1.0 percent) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 11,884 households (39.0 percent) were made up of individuals and 6,424 (21.1 percent) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.08. There were 16,220 families (53.3 percent of all households); the average family size was 2.79. The population was spread out with 10,719 people (16.7 percent) under the age of 18, 3,599 people (5.6 percent) aged 18 to 24, 15,137 people (23.6 percent) aged 25 to 44, 17,653 people (27.5 percent) aged 45 to 64, and 17,065 people (26.6 percent) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47.9 years. For every 100 females there were 86.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.0 males. There were 32,681 housing units at an average density of 1,653.2 per square mile (638.3/km²), of which 20,262 (66.6 percent) were owner-occupied, and 10,181 (33.4 percent) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.4 percent; the rental vacancy rate was 6.7 percent. 43,079 people (67.1 percent of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 20,092 people (31.3 percent) lived in rental housing units.

Demographic profile[17] 2010

Total Population 64,173 – 100.0%

One Race 61,453 – 95.8%

Not Hispanic or Latino 58,633 – 91.4%

White alone 47,170 – 73.5%

Black or African American alone 996 – 1.6%

American Indian and Alaska Native alone 99 – 0.2%

Asian alone 7,954 – 12.4%

Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone 114 – 0.2%

Some other race alone 148 – 0.2%

Two or more races alone 2,152 – 3.4%

Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 5,540 – 8.6%

2000 census[edit] As of the census[18] of 2000, there were 64,296 people, 30,301 households, and 16,544 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,246.9/km² (3,229.6/mi²). There were 31,425 housing units at an average density of 609.4/km² (1,578.5/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 83.89 percent White, 1.07 percent African American, 0.33 percent Native American, 9.36 percent Asian, 0.15 percent Pacific Islander, 1.96 percent from other races, and 3.25 percent from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.99 percent of the population. There were 30,301 households out of which 20.9 percent had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.7 percent were married couples living together, 6.7 percent had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.4 percent were non-families. 38.0 percent of all households were made up of individuals and 19.7 percent had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.09 and the average family size was 2.78. In the city, the population was spread out with 17.6 percent under the age of 18, 5.2 percent from 18 to 24, 27.1 percent from 25 to 44, 24.8 percent from 45 to 64, and 25.3 percent who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 85.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.5 males. Education[edit] Public K-12[edit] Walnut Creek residents attend schools in five public-school districts.[19] The Walnut Creek School District (K–8) has 5 elementary schools, one magnet school(K-8), and one middle school in the city. Some residents are served by schools from the Mount Diablo Unified School District (K–12), the Acalanes Union High School District (9–12), the San Ramon Valley Unified School District (K–12), and the Lafayette School District (K–8). The following public schools are within the city limits of Walnut Creek:

Walnut Creek School District

Buena Vista Elementary Indian Valley Elementary Murwood Elementary Parkmead Elementary Walnut Heights Elementary Walnut Creek Intermediate Tice Creek School

Acalanes Union High School District

Las Lomas High School Acalanes Center for Independent Study

Mount Diablo
Mount Diablo
Unified School District

Eagle Peak Montessori (charter elementary) Bancroft Elementary Valle Verde Elementary Walnut Acres Elementary Foothill Middle Northgate High School

Private K-12[edit] Walnut Creek is home to several private schools, including

Berean Christian High School (Grades: 9–12) Contra Costa Christian Schools (Grades: PK–12)[20] Garden Gate Montessori School (Grades: PK–K) North
North
Creek Academy & Preschool (Grades: PK–8) Palmer School (Grades: K–8) St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception School (Grades: PK–8) The Seven Hills School (Grades: PK–8) Springfield Montessori School (Grades: PK–K) Walnut Creek Christian Academy (Grades: K–8)[21]

Public libraries[edit]

Walnut Creek Library‍—‌sculpture by Marta Thoma Hall

The Walnut Creek Library and the Ygnacio Valley Library of the Contra Costa County Library are located in Walnut Creek.[22][23] The Ygnacio Valley Branch, which opened in 1975, is also known as the Thurman G. Casey Memorial Library.[23] Fundraising and other support is provided by the Walnut Creek Library Foundation. On February 26, 2008, the city demolished the Walnut Creek Library, that was built in 1961 at the southern end of Civic Park. Mayor
Mayor
Gwen Regalia hosted a groundbreaking on the same site for the new library on May 19, 2008. The new library, designed by Group 4 Architecture, Research + Planning, Inc., has 42,000 square feet (3,900 m2) and an underground parking garage.[24] Construction was completed in 2010 and the library was officially opened on July 17, 2010.[25] Economy[edit] Companies based in Walnut Creek include Carollo Engineers, Central Garden & Pet (makers of AvoDerm, Amdro, Kaytee, among others),[26] American Reprographics Company, CSE Insurance Group, Maximum Games, and the PMI Group. Top employers[edit] According to Walnut Creek's 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[27] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees

1 John Muir Health 4,604

2 Kaiser Permanente 2,300

3 Safeway 1,275

4 Nordstrom 570

5 IHC 500

6 United States Postal Service 409

7 Aetna 400

8 Macy's 400

9 City of Walnut Creek 364

10 HCR Manor Care 360

In 2012, the city was listed among the 10 best places to retire in the U.S. by CBS Money Watch and U.S. News.[28][29] Culture[edit] Arts companies and venues[edit]

Lesher Center for the Arts

Broadway Plaza Shopping
Shopping
Center

Bedford Gallery[edit] This 3,500-square-foot exhibition space hosts several exhibitions annually, featuring historic and modern art from contemporary artists. The gallery is a community-based facility that provides art workshops, lectures, and educational programs to the public throughout the year. California
California
Symphony[edit] The California
California
Symphony, notable for its commitment to the performance of music by American composers, has been based in Walnut Creek since its inception in 1986. Center Repertory Company[edit] The Center Repertory Company is the in-house theater company for the Lesher Center for the Arts. It stages six productions a year, including its annual production of A Christmas Carol. Civic Arts Education[edit] A community arts education program offering classes to children and adults since 1964. Classes include beginning, intermediate and expert levels in ceramics, sculpture, dance, fiber arts, digital media, photography, drama, drawing, painting, printmaking, glass, jewelry and music. The Clay Arts Guild (CAG) is a non-profit volunteer organization, established in 1964, supporting ceramics arts education under the Civic Arts Education program. An arts-based preschool and youth arts center are popular year-round programs, all part of the City of Walnut Creek's Arts Recreation & Community Services Department. Diablo Ballet[edit] Established in 1993, Diablo Ballet is Contra Costa's only professional dance company that also tours nationally and internationally. The company presents renowned classics in addition to premiering new contemporary works. Diablo Ballet has also been recognized by the California
California
state government for their PEEK Youth Outreach Program, which brings in-school arts education to under-served elementary school students in the East Bay and also those incarcerated by the Juvenile Justice system. Festival Opera[edit] The Festival Opera Association was founded in Walnut Creek in 1991 to preserve and advance the operatic art form. The company produces a free Opera in the Park in Civic Park in addition to main stage performances at the Lesher Center for the Arts.[30] Lesher Center for the Arts[edit] Three performance spaces (The Knight Stage 3, The Hoffman, and The Margaret Lesher theatres) and the Bedford Gallery are included in this modern building. The Center is named for Dean Lesher, newspaper publisher and founder of the Contra Costa Times. Points of interest[edit]

Community Center at Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek, California.

Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation
Animal Rescue Foundation
(ARF) Bedford Art Gallery Boundary Oak Golf Course Broadway Plaza Shopping
Shopping
Center Castle Rock Park Civic Park, including seasonal outdoor skating rink Heather Farm Park, including Gardens at Heather Farm
Gardens at Heather Farm
and all-abilities playground Howe Homestead Park Lesher Center for the Arts Lindsay Wildlife Museum Mount Diablo
Mount Diablo
State Park Open space hiking/biking trails, including Acalanes, Lime Ridge, Shell Ridge (featuring Fossil Hill trail) Old Borges Ranch Ruth Bancroft Garden St. Paul's Episcopal Church, featuring Carpenter Gothic
Carpenter Gothic
chapel Shadelands Ranch
Shadelands Ranch
Museum Walden Park Disc Golf Course Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society

Media[edit] Walnut Creek is served by the daily newspaper, The East Bay Times (formerly The Contra Costa Times). The paper was originally run and owned by the Lesher family. Since the death of Dean Lesher in 1993, the paper has had several owners. The Times, as it is known, has a section called "The Walnut Creek Journal." Walnut Creek TV (WCTV) is the city's government-access television channel, covering local government and community events. WCTV is available in Walnut Creek on Comcast channel 28 (channel 26 in Rossmoor), Astound channel 29, AT&T U-verse channel 99 under the menu option "Walnut Creek Television," and on YouTube. Claycord.com is the widely read independent news and talk blog serving the greater Walnut Creek metropolitan area. Notable people[edit]

Matt Anger, professional tennis player Tom Candiotti, MLB
MLB
pitcher Richard Carlson, psychotherapist, author of Don't Sweat the Small Stuff[31] Dr. Alette Coble-Temple, Ms. Wheelchair America 2016, disability advocate[32][33] Stephen Curry, NBA
NBA
All-star[34] Kyle Gass, guitarist for Tenacious D, attended Las Lomas High School Lee Goldberg, writer and television producer, graduated from Northgate High School (1980) Dan Haren, MLB
MLB
pitcher[35] Brandon Harkins, professional golfer Jack Henderson, artist, charity fundraiser Marya Hornbacher, author[36] Kristian Ipsen, U.S. diver, Olympic bronze medalist[37] Bessilyn Johnson, daughter of Hiram Penniman, Shadelands Ranch
Shadelands Ranch
owner, resident of Scotty's Castle
Scotty's Castle
in Death Valley Randy Johnson, MLB
MLB
pitcher Kira Kazantsev, Miss America 2015 Joshua Kors, investigative reporter, graduated from Las Lomas High School Mark "Mad Dog" Madsen, NBA
NBA
player John A. Nejedly
John A. Nejedly
(1914–2006), California
California
State Senator Kyle Newacheck, co-creator, co-star of Comedy Central's Workaholics Jason Newsted, bassist for Metallica Aaron Poreda, MLB
MLB
pitcher Markie Post, television actress Jeff Richards, writer and featured performer on NBC's Saturday Night Live, 2001–04 Bill Rigney, MLB
MLB
infielder, Angels' first manager Lester Rodney, journalist, civil rights activist[38] Katharine Ross, film actress, graduated from Las Lomas High School (1957) Leslie Carrara-Rudolph, Sesame Street
Sesame Street
puppeteer Greg Sestero, Actor, star of cult classic The Room, author of The Disaster Artist, born in Walnut Creek. Justin Speier, MLB
MLB
pitcher Joe Starkey, California
California
Golden Bears and former San Francisco
San Francisco
49ers announcer The Story So Far, Pop Punk band Christy Turlington, supermodel, health activist Lars Ulrich, drummer for Metallica Joseph R. Walker, 19th-century wilderness explorer and scout Johnny Weekly, MLB
MLB
outfielder Wayne A. Wiegand, library historian, author, academic

Sister cities[edit] Walnut Creek has an active Sister Cities International
Sister Cities International
program with two sister cities. Schools in the city have a yearly student-exchange with these cities.[39]

Noceto, Italy Siófok, Hungary

See also[edit]

San Francisco Bay Area
San Francisco Bay Area
portal

List of cities and towns in California List of cities and towns in the San Francisco Bay
San Francisco Bay
Area

References[edit]

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Further reading[edit]

Emanuels, George (1982). Ygnacio Valley, 1834–1970. OCLC 9221187.  Emanuels, George (1991) [1984]. Walnut Creek: Arroyo de Las Nueces. Walnut Creek, Calif.: Diablo Books. ISBN 0-9607520-2-1. OCLC 11704494.  Nilda Rego (1998). Days Gone By in Contra Costa County Vol II. Lafayette, Calif.: Great West Books. ISBN 1-889652-02-4. OCLC 71402468. 

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Cities and towns 10k–25k

Alamo Albany American Canyon Ashland Bay Point Cherryland Clayton Discovery Bay Dixon El Cerrito El Sobrante Emeryville Fairview Half Moon Bay Healdsburg Hercules Hillsborough Lafayette Larkspur Millbrae Mill Valley Moraga North
North
Fair Oaks Orinda Piedmont Pinole San Anselmo San Lorenzo Sonoma Stanford Tamalpais-Homestead Valley

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North
Bay San Francisco
San Francisco
Peninsula Silicon Valley South
South
Bay

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Municipalities and communities of Contra Costa County, California, United States

County seat: Martinez

Cities and towns

Antioch Brentwood Clayton Concord Danville El Cerrito Hercules Lafayette Martinez Moraga Oakley Orinda Pinole Pittsburg Pleasant Hill Richmond San Pablo San Ramon Walnut Creek

CDPs

Acalanes Ridge Alamo Alhambra Valley Bay Point Bayview Bethel Island Blackhawk Byron Camino Tassajara Castle Hill Clyde Contra Costa Centre Crockett Diablo Discovery Bay East Richmond Heights El Sobrante Kensington Knightsen Montalvin Manor Mountain View Norris Canyon North
North
Gate North
North
Richmond Pacheco Port Costa Reliez Valley Rodeo Rollingwood San Miguel Saranap Shell Ridge Tara Hills Vine Hill

Unincorporated communities

Alamo Oaks Arbor Avon Bancroft Bayo Vista Bayview-Montalvin Bixler Blackhawk-Camino Tassajara Bridgehead Canyon Christie Cornwall Crolona Heights Diamond Eastport Four Corners Franklin Canyon Gateley Glen Frazer Hasford Heights Herpoco Hookston Las Juntas Los Medanos Luzon Maltby Marsh Creek Springs McAvoy Meinert Monsanto Muir Neroly Newlove Nichols Oleum Orwood Ozol Rheem Rock City Selby Shore Acres Sobrante Sparkle Stege Tassajara Tormey Valle Vista Valona Waldon Walnut Heights Werner

Ghost towns

Acelanus Ambrose Atchison Eckley Empire Giant (Nitro) Hooper Horse Haven Judsonville Junction Nortonville Ohmer Point of Timber Port Chicago Schmidtville Somersville Stewartville Tammukan West Hartley Winehaven

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Shopping
Shopping
in the San Francisco Bay
San Francisco Bay
Area

North
North
Bay

The Mall at Northgate, San Rafael Town Center at Corte Madera The Village at Corte Madera Solano Mall, Fairfield

Oakland/East Bay

4th Street, Berkeley Abella Center, San Pablo Bayfair Center, San Leandro Bay Street Emeryville Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek El Cerrito Plaza Grand Lake, Oakland Hilltop Mall, Richmond Jack London Square, Oakland Macdonald 80 Shopping
Shopping
Center, Richmond Montclair Village, Oakland NewPark Mall, Newark Oakland City Center Pacific Commons, Fremont Pacific East Mall, Richmond Piedmont Avenue, Oakland Point Richmond Historic District Rockridge Market Hall, Oakland Skywest Commons, Hayward Solano Avenue, Albany and Berkeley Somersville Towne Center, Antioch Southland Mall, Hayward Stoneridge Shopping
Shopping
Center, Pleasanton Sunvalley Shopping
Shopping
Center, Concord Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley Union Landing, Union City Uptown Oakland Westgate Center, San Leandro The Willows Shopping
Shopping
Center, Concord

San Francisco/Peninsula

Chinatown, San Francisco San Francisco
San Francisco
Ferry Building Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco Hillsdale Shopping
Shopping
Center, San Mateo Metreon, San Francisco Westfield San Francisco
San Francisco
Centre Serramonte Center, Daly City The Shops at Tanforan, San Bruno Stonestown Galleria, San Francisco Union Square, San Francisco Westlake Shopping
Shopping
Center, Daly City

San Jose/ South
South
Bay

Eastridge
Eastridge
Center, San Jose Great Mall of the Bay Area, Milpitas Downtown Los Gatos Milpitas Square PruneYard Shopping
Shopping
Center, Campbell San Antonio Shopping
Shopping
Center, Mountain View Santana Row, San Jose Stanford Shopping
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Center, Palo Alto Vallco Shopping
Shopping
Mall, Cupertino Westfield Oakridge, San Jose Westfield Valley Fair, San Jose Westgate Ma

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