Located in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area, Walnut Creek, California is thriving city with a population of 65,211. It has been consistently rated as one the wealthiest cities in the nation ranked 20th out of cities with a population higher than 50,000 and 83rd out of cities with a population over 40,000. While a large portion of housing in the city is single-family homes, there are also a reasonable percentage of other housing options including a significant percentage of high-rise apartments and condos.
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The location of Walnut Creek was originally inhabited by three bands of Native Americans in the region, and it was later located on the site of Mexican land grants. The town was named for the large presence of a native strand of walnut trees, and it took this name officially in 1862 with the establishment of a post office. The city experienced substantial growth after 1891 with the Southern Pacific Railroad's arrival. The city experienced even greater growth during the 50s when the Broadway Shopping Center was built, and residents continue to shop at the location.
Today, the city offers a number of amenities and activities, and it owns the largest amount of open space per capita in the state of California, which includes a number of undeveloped hillsides, national parks and ridgelines. Residents can enjoy the Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area and the Diablo Foothills Regional Park. The city also provides a number of cultural activities including theater, ballet, opera and museums. There is also easy public transit to a number of Bay Area locations including San Francisco, which provide additional theater and arts venues. Additionally, the community offers excellent modern library facilities. Students in the region attend one of 5 public school districts, which include a number of highly respected elementary, middle and high schools. There are additionally several private institutions that students can attend. The idyllic city of Walnut Creek truly provides an optimal place to settle.