Welcome to Concord
Contra Costa’s largest city is an idyllic suburban hub recognized as one of the best places to raise a family.
Contra Costa County's largest city, Concord, is located northeast of San Francisco. Founded in 1869 by Salvio Pacheco, Concord has remained a significant suburban hub in the East Bay area since its inception. Consistently recognized as one of the best places to raise a family in California, Concord boasts a welcoming and family-oriented atmosphere attractive to people from all lifestyles, from retirees to newlywed couples looking to settle down.
The local lifestyle reflects a blend of the city's rich California heritage with modern development. Concord is home to many convenient amenities, including large open space preserves, a vibrant downtown area featuring the historic Todos Santos Plaza, great shopping centers, quiet neighborhoods, and an expansive park system.
What to Love
• Mount Diablo’s spectacular views
• The historic Todos Santos Plaza
• Affordable homes and low cost of living
• Extensive and varied culinary scene
• Large open space preserves and parks
• Diverse, family-friendly community.
People and Lifestyle
Effortlessly blending modern conveniences with the town's rich historical legacy, Concord residents are passionate about preserving the town's past. The historical landmarks are part of the area's charm. Hence the self-guided historical walking tours, which remain a popular pastime for residents and locals alike.
A progressive and growing community, Concord has long since blossomed from a small sleepy town into a vibrant and bustling hub in Contra Costa County. Residents love the area's small businesses, great local shopping, hiking spots, top schools, and a strong sense of community.
Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment
The allure of freshly baked goods and coffee will draw you into Alpine Bakery
, a homey bakery located on Willow Pass Road. Whether you're just in the mood for a tasty treat or you're looking for a special occasion cake (such as a wedding cake), this local bakery is revered for its exceptional desserts and decorations.
the go-to spot for sushi lovers. Housed inside The Veranda
, a Mediterranean-inspired village in Concord, Mikuni's is a casual eatery known for sushi, small plates, and savory hot entrees. Dinner at Mikuni's combines elegant architecture, art, music, and elaborate water features into a genuine experience. Doppio Zero
is also at the Veranda. This authentic Italian restaurant is known for classic Neapolitan pizzas, traditional Italian dishes, and fresh homemade pasta.
Things to Do
The Concord Pavilion
is one of California's premier outdoor music venues, with a significant seating capacity of 12,500. The pavilion is regularly used for concerts, events, festivals, and graduation ceremonies. Designed by architect Peter Walker in the 1990s, the Concord Pavilion has since hosted some of the biggest music events in the region.
During the hot summer months, families love visiting Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
, a water park with more than 20 different water rides. Thrill-seekers will find plenty of daunting water slides and attractions to tackle. Still, there are also relaxing lazy rivers and wave pools for anyone who wants to lounge on an intertube and leave the bigger rides to the adrenaline junkies.
is Concord's largest and best destination with upscale supermarkets, popular retail chains, a cinema, and casual dining for all of your shopping, dining, and lifestyle needs. The Veranda regularly hosts fun events and opens an ice-skating rink each year for those who want to get into the seasonal spirit.
At 3,849 feet high, Mt. Diablo
brings hikers, bikers, and campers from all over to visit this sprawling 20,000-acre state park. The diverse terrain is unique and engaging for people of all skill types, with more than 400 different species of plants and animals living in the park.
Concord is served by the Mount Diablo Unified School District and there are several acclaimed academies in Concord that are part of the Clayton Valley Charter High School. Catholic schools De La Salle High School for boys and Carondelet High School for girls are also in Concord. California State University, East Bay has a campus in Concord.