If you’re looking for a job in Walnut Creek, this guide has everything you need to know about getting to work, wages, cost of living, coffee shops, lunch specials, happy hours, and coworking spaces.

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Walnut Creek is where country-chic meets urbane, and if you check out its location on a map, you’ll understand why. Just over the hills from San Francisco and the East Bay, Walnut Creek is close to the city and yet, the reliably warm weather, the open space, and the slower pace can feel worlds away. It’s a popular place to work and is home to top companies in healthcare, travel, and financial advisory, plus it has a rather serious performing arts scene.

At its core, Walnut Creek is a place to gather around and meet up, whether for business or pleasure. You may prefer the more boutique, local feel of Downtown Walnut Creek or the established chains at the high-end outdoor mall, Broadway Plaza. Either way, we’re talking about a center of commerce that rivals cities much larger—and in all likelihood, much less meticulously groomed—than Walnut Creek.

While the city is not known for throngs of young, hip adults—and is home to a reasonably sized retirement community—it’s a suburban hub with wealth, resources, and recreation areas. Regardless of where you work in Walnut Creek, you’re bound to encounter at least a few moments of pastoral bliss. Follow our guide for insights on work, wages, cost of living, coffee shops, lunch specials, happy hours, and coworking spaces.


Getting to Work

Walnut Creek is conveniently located between two BART stations, and lies at the intersection of two freeways, giving you a few options for getting to work. Because there isn’t much traffic in and around Walnut Creek, 80% of people commute to work there by car. The rest are likely to take BART, which has direct lines from San Francisco and the East Bay. 

For cycling enthusiasts, the Iron Horse Trail is a popular bike route, stretching from Concord to Pleasanton, that runs through Walnut Creek. Even if it’s not the quickest way to get to work, it’s a scenic ride worth taking at least once.

Curious about the cost of your commute? Calculate commute time and costs here.

Wages in Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek does not have its own minimum wage ordinance, which means that it follows the California state minimum wage. As of March 2017, the minimum wage in California is $10.50 per hour. 

In April 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that will increase the state minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022. Be sure to check the CA.gov website for the most up-to-date minimum wage information.

The median household income in Walnut Creek is $82,120, which is a well above the national average of $53,046. The median individual income is $45,533.

Cost of Living in Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek can be an expensive place to live. As of March 2017, the median home sale price in Walnut Creek is $695,000 and the median rent price is $3,400 per month.

Eating and Drinking in Walnut Creek

Whether you need to get caffeinated in the morning or wind down after work, there’s no shortage of restaurants, bars and cafes to try in Walnut Creek.

Grab a coffee before work at Pacific Bay Coffee Co., Coffee Shop, and Caffe La Scala. Check out the lunch specials at Silk Road, Oyama Sushi, and Le Cheval. After a long day of work, meet your friends after work for happy hour at Residual Sugar, Walnut Creek Yacht Club, and Va de Vi Bistro.

Coworking Spaces in Walnut Creek

Joining a coworking community can offer you work flexibility and conference space access, as well as a network of new co-workers with whom to share office supplies and great ideas. Here are few great options to choose from in Walnut Creek.

  • Third Workplace—7000 Sunne Ln, Ste 112, Walnut Creek, CA 94597 ($116-$399 per month) 
  • Pacific Workplaces—1990 North California Blvd 8th Floor Walnut Creek, CA 94596 (request a price quote on their website)
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