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 68,910 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 92.67% 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 (17.78%), sales jobs (11.41%), and business and financial occupations (9.94%).

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.07% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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 downside of living in Walnut Creek, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.63 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Walnut Creek use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Walnut Creek‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the subway. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Walnut Creek, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Walnut Creek is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 62.30% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Walnut Creek in 2010 was $52,677, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $210,708 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 English, Irish, Italian, and Russian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Walnut Creek's cultural character, accounting for 22.85% of the city’s population.

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