Contra Costa County resides in the East Bay includes the incorporated cities of Antioch, Brentwood, Clayton, Concord, Danville, El Cerrito, Hercules, Lafayette, Martinez, Moraga, Oakley, Orinda, Pinole, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Richmond, San Pablo, San Ramon and Walnut Creek. Click here to search for properties in Contra Costa County using our Property Search MLS.
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Contra Costa consists of three counties. East, west, and central. The unincorporated areas include in the west, Bayview / Montalvin, El Sobrante, East Richmond Heights, North Richmond, Kensington, Port Costa, Rollingwood and Terra Hills. In the central county, Alamo, Blackhawk, Canyon, Clyde, Diablo, Pacheco, Vine Hill and Walden. The Eastern unincorporated areas include Bethel Island, Bay Point, Byron, Knightsen and Discovery Bay. Contra Costa County is located about thirty minutes from downtown oakland and forty five minutes from San Francisco. Richmond is to the west, Concord sits in the middle and Oakley is to the east of this approximate 750 mile County. It was one of the original 27 counties in the state of California and was incorporated in 1850. Contra Costa County is the least populated of the primary nine Bay Area counties but is growing rapidly due to job growth and location.
The fastest growing cities in Contra Costa are Antioch, Concord and Richmond with the overall County making high marks on the income scale. The public transportation system is good in Contra Costa with Bart, and interstates 5, 80, and 680. State highway 24 connects the Orinda, Lafayette and Moraga areas or what the locals call "Lamorinda". The major industries in Contra Costa County are financial services, petroleum, refining, retail and heavy manufacturing. There is also a very alive and growing entertainment and dining industry that has really boomed over the past decade.
The petroleum and refinery business is a very large contributor to the counties economy with the Chevron Corporation alone contributing approximately 6,500 jobs to the work force. The other two refineries are the Shell oil company and the Tosco refinery. The Chevron company is the fifth largest employer in the Bay Area and has the capacity to produce over 365,000 barrels a day. Most of the crude oil, that is brought in, is shipped via tanker ships, pipelines and trucks with its major sources being California and Alaska. Some of the other major employers in Contra Costa County include AT&T, Kaiser Permanente medical group, Bank of America, Wells Fargo Bank, Safeway, Lucky stores, Bio-Rad Laboratories, and the US Postal service.
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Many of the cities in Contra Costa are very desirable locations to live and work with its plush suburban lifestyle and close proximity to the Bay Area metropolitan areas. It is also attractive for many because of the warmer weather on the other side of the Oakland hills and the Caldecott Tunnels. The "Lamorinda" areas are very nice with many estates and luxury homes and estates in vast numbers. Lamorinda consists of Orinda, Moraga and Lafayette. Walnut Creek is also very desirable and has excellent shopping and many fine dining restaurants with its very trendy dining scene. These areas are great locations located about a half an hour from downtown San Francisco and twenty minutes from downtown Oakland.
Many who prefer Marin County also really enjoy the Lamorinda areas as well. I guess when it all boils down to it, it's all great California living. The Bay Area is one of the greatest places to live and work in the world. It has first class amenities, many activities, parks, museums, a wide array of cultures, world class shopping and dining, an amazing wine country, a fantastic climate, and so much more. It is no wonder why the property values here are amongst the most expensive in the world. The ethnic make up in Contra Costa is mainly composed of Caucasian, Latino, African American and Asian cultures. It has really become a destination for families many of which have relocated from more urban environments.
The per capita income levels are upper middle class on average and many households that reside in Contra Costa live a comfortable lifestyle. There are many activities to do here including water world, the Black Hawk automotive museum, the Lindsay wildlife museum and the San Ramon valley museum.
There is also Mt. Diablo State Park with many hiking / biking trails, San Pablo Dam Reservoir for hiking, picnics and fishing and the Las Trampas Regional Wilderness in San Ramon. ( use the google search feature below for more information on any of these places )
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