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Downtown Walnut Creek_Credit to Rachel C

As peaceful and pleasant as its name suggests, Walnut Creek is an inviting Bay Area suburb that attracts young commuters, recent retirees, and everyone in between. The city is known for its great schools and gorgeous scenery, as well as its upscale shopping and dining venues. While it is a safe and quiet community, Walnut Creek’s proximity to metropolitan areas makes it a hub for young professionals and contributes to its diverse urban-suburban feel. 

Population: 69,825

Number of Parks: 16

Fun Fact: Walnut Creek owns more open space per capita than any other community in the state of California.