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Las Trampas Regional Wilderness

Contra Costa County is located in the state of California in the United States. It occupies the northern portion of the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, and is primarily suburban. The county's name is Spanish for "opposite coast", referring to its position on the other side of the bay from San Francisco. Many communities in Contra Costa County are considered 'bedroom' communities, areas where the population primarily commutes to work.

As of the 2010 census, the population was 1,049,025. The county seat is Martinez. It occupies the northern portion of the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, and is primarily suburban. Contra Costa County is included in the San Francisco–Oakland–Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The county has a total area of 804 square miles, of which 716 square miles is land and 88 square miles (11%) is water.

Contra Costa County's physical geography is dominated by the bayside alluvial plain, the Oakland HillsBerkeley Hills, several inland valleys, and Mount Diablo, an isolated 3,849-foot upthrust peak at the north end of the Diablo Range of hills.

 

The summit of Mount Diablo is the origin of the Mount Diablo Meridian and Base Line, on which the surveys of much of California and western Nevada are based.

Mount Diablo

Briones Regional Park

The windmills on Vasco Road

Vasco Caves Regional Park.

With an operating budget exceeding $76 million and more than 650 employees, Contra Costa County provides many types of services to over 177,000 students in its 285 schools in 18 school districts. The County serves over 10,000 students at 34 high schools in its Career Technical Education program alone.

Contra Costa County has the 11th largest public school student population in the state. Not only do they provide service to children, they also serve the most vulnerable students, including adults and young people who are incarcerated, homeless, or in foster care, as well as students who have severe physical or emotional challenges.

Point Isabel Regional Shoreline in Richmond, California, is operated by East Bay Regional Park District, and is a multi-use park for joggers, windsurfers, kayakers, photographers, picnickers, and people walking dogs. It has access for pedestrians and via public transit, private vehicles, and bikes (although bike-riding within Point Isabel itself is not allowed). It also features a concession offering food for people and grooming for pets. 

Briones Regional Park is a 6,117-acre regional park

Adjoining or nearby many of Contra Costa County's parks are lands of the East Bay Municipal Utility District. These require special annual permits for hiking, bicycle riding and horse riding, available for a small fee. At least one member of a party traversing these areas must have such a permit. 

Briones Regional Park

Briones Regional Park

View from Mt. Diablo.

state & national parks

Briones Regional Park

Diablo Foothills

Mount Diablo State Park

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness

Shell Ridge Open Space

Lime Ridge Open Space

San Pablo Recreation Area

Sugarloaf Open Space

Acalanes Open Space

Point Isabel Regional Shoreline

recreation

Hiking

Boating

Fishing

Horseback Riding

Incorporated Cities

communities

Antioch

Clayton

Danville

Hercules

Moraga

Orinda

Pittsburg

Martinez

San Pablo

Walnut Creek

Brentwood

Concord

El Cerrito

Lafayette

Oakley

Pinole

Pleasant Hill

Richmond

San Ramon

Unincorporated Cities

Alamo

Bethel Island

Briones

Discovery Bay

Kensington

Bay Point

Blackhawk

Clayton

El Sobrante

Knightsen

famous for...

Open Space Preserves

Mount Diablo

Hiking & Camping Destinations

Creedance Clearwater Revival

Winehaven Historic District

Rural / Farming Communities

you'll love it here if you...

Want a country home while you work in the city.

Love to hike & explore nature.

Want a warmer climate than the peninsula offers.

Are "outdoorsy".

MILITARY

Travis AFB to the north

Camp Parks to the south

CGI Alameda to the west

TRANSPORTATION

Buchanan Airport

Byron Airport

Concord Airport

County Connection

Golden Gate Transit

Fairfield & Suisun Transit

Benecia Transit

Amtrak

BART

AC Transit

Tri-Delta

WestCAT

Vallejo Transit

5 largest employers

John Muir Health

BART

Contra Costa Regional Medicine

USVA

Walnut Creek Unified School District

upper education

CSU East Bay

Contra Costa College

Diablo Valley College

John F Kennedy University

Los Medanos College

Saint Mary’s College

University of San Francisco

tourist attractions

Blackhawk Museum

John Muir National historic Site

Lindsay Wildlife Museum

Don Salvio Pacheco Adobe

San Ramon Valley Museum

Borges Ranch

Rosie the Riveter National Historic Park

Vasco Caves Regional Preserve

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