Walnut Creek, CA
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Walnut Creek is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 69,773 people and 19 constituent neighborhoods, Walnut Creek is the 128th largest community in California.

Walnut Creek home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Walnut Creek real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Walnut Creek is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 93.68% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Walnut Creek is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Walnut Creek who work in management occupations (17.63%), sales jobs (11.49%), and business and financial occupations (11.02%).

Also of interest is that Walnut Creek has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Of important note, Walnut Creek is also a city of artists. Walnut Creek has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Walnut Creek’s character.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.44% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

One thing noticeable about Walnut Creek, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Walnut Creek is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Walnut Creek a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

In Walnut Creek, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.74 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Walnut Creek is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the subway. For Walnut Creek, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Walnut Creek. 62.91% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Walnut Creek in 2010 was $56,460, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $225,840 for a family of four. However, Walnut Creek contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Walnut Creek is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Walnut Creek home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Walnut Creek residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Walnut Creek include German, English, Irish, Italian, and Russian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Walnut Creek's cultural character, accounting for 23.07% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Walnut Creek is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.