If you’re looking for a job in Concord, 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.
Located about 30 miles north and inland from San Francisco in Contra Costa County, Concord is the eighth largest city in the Bay Area. Once a largely agricultural area, Concord was known mostly as a commuter town, but has grown into a lively suburb with jobs of its own.
The city has nurtured a growing economy that’s now home to regional branches of many companies like Costco, Chevron, and Bank of America, and the headquarters of Round Table Pizza. Additionally, the grounds of the old naval base in Concord have been transformed into a testing center, GoMentum, where a number of car manufacturers are testing their technology for self-driving cars.
When the city’s Sunvalley Shopping Center opened its doors in the 60s, it was one of the largest malls in the world. To this day, the mall is an extensive retail center that’s known for its variety of restaurants as well as the Sears, JCPenney and Macy’s department stores.
While the waterpark, Waterworld and the Concord Pavilion Event Center have always drawn crowds, Downtown Concord around the Todos Santos Plaza has also recently seen new growth, and the pedestrian-friendly neighborhood brings people in for its boutiques, restaurants and farmers' market.
Getting to Work
Concord is still a developing suburb that’s best navigated by car, and because commute times tend to be manageable, 87% of commuters drive. However, one of the biggest pluses for commuters are the Concord and North Concord/Martinez BART stations. A solid 11% of people take public transit to work. Overall the city has an average walking score of 44 and a less than thrilling transit score of 30, but it does run bus lines to limited parts of the city.
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Wages in Concord
Concord 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 recently 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.
Cost of Living in Concord
Living in Concord isn’t nearly as expensive as living in some of the neighboring cities. As of March 2017, the median home sale price in Concord is $492,000 and the median rent price is $2,500 per month.
Eating and Drinking in Concord
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 Concord. Grab coffee before work at Bon Jour Bakery & Cafe, Sugar Plum Coffee Shop, and Chick’s Donuts and Coffee Shop. Check out the lunch specials at Korea House, Bronze Buddha Thai Fusion, and Naan n Curry. Meet your friends after work for happy hour at Eureka, Milo’s Lounge Bar, and Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar.
Coworking Spaces in Concord
For freelancers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses, coworking is a great option. A coworking community can offer you flexibility, conference space access, and a network of new co-workers with whom to share office supplies and great ideas. To find coworking spaces you’ll need to drive to Walnut Creek and check out Third Workplace and Pacific Workplaces.