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 69,825 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.

A relatively large number of people in Walnut Creek telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.44% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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 that you will notice about Walnut Creek is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider Walnut Creek a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Walnut Creek is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the subway helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Walnut Creek area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

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.

Walnut Creek also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 23.07%.

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