All About Concord, California

Concord is the largest city in the county of Contra Costa, California. The town was the 8th largest town in the San Francisco Bay area in 2010 with a population of 122,067. The name was changed to Concord in a period of months as the community of Todos Santos by Salvio Pacheco, in 1869. In the San Francisco Bay Area, the town is the biggest regional suburb of the East Bay, and 47 km east of San Francisco. The city has a total area of 30.5 square miles (79 km2), all of it land, according to the United States Census Bureau.

The Bay Miwok Indians had first inhabited the area and in the late 18th century the Spanish explored it. In 1834 Don Salvio Pacheco received a land grant called Monte del Diablo. Laid down as Todos Santos (Spanish: “All Saints”) in 1868, the town was renamed to Concord , Massachusetts in 1869, and developed as an orchard and poultry hub after the Oakland, Antioch and Eastern Railways were established in 1912. Now mostly residential, it is connected by freeways to San Francisco and Oakland, and by the Bay Area Rapid Transit system. The Chronicle Pavilion at Concord is a center for exhibit and performing arts. The town has two popular amusement parks, Pixieland and Waterworld Concord with Six Flags. Adjacent to the city is Mount Diablo State Park.

The hot summer climate in Concord (Köppen Csa) is Mediterranean with warm, dry summers and warm to cool, wet winters.

Concord is represented by Democratic Steve Glazer in the 7th Senate District in the California State Legislature, and by Democratic Tim Grayson in the 14th Assembly of the District. Concord is federally represented by Democrat Mark DeSaulnier in California’s 11th congressional district.

Concord has been mainly San Francisco and Oakland’s dormitory community for the last forty years, but jobs have increased in the city during the last ten years. Round Table Pizza, which is based in Concord, has established extensive back offices for companies with strong regional ties in the Bay Area, such as Chevron and the Bank of America, diversifying its local economy. Concord also has the Sunvalley Mall, one of the 50 biggest shopping malls in the USA, car shops, Costco and Fry’s Electronics, and many more. Atrivo had its headquarters in Concord before it was dissolved.

Concord is home to the old-fashioned shopping area of downtown Todos Santos Plaza with a market for farmers all year round, a free summer concert series, a festive 4th of July, a restaurant offering new and elegant options, as well as a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on holiday time. Concord is popular for its summer park, theatre, arts and entertainment in the Water World. The city is ranked first in the East Bay region, with many jobs, industrial jobs and tech jobs.

Concord, long known as a great place to stay while working in San Francisco, has a BART station that provides preferred choices for commuters over finding restricted, costly parking in the area. Much of the area around the city center has been reconstructed recently with new density apartments and condo projects in order to benefit the proximity of public transport and the area around the park. Despite this, some issues of crime and homelessness remain in the downtown area.

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The following amazing landmarks are located in Concord, California.  Don’t forget to visit:

  • Newhall Community Park
  • Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial
  • Rick Seers Neighborhood Park
  • Shiva Murugan Temple
  • Sunvalley Shopping Center
  • Todos Santos Plaza
  • West Wind Solano Drive-In Theater
  • Willow Pass Community Park
  • Ygnacio Valley Park

All of these wonderful locations are located just a short distance from our location located at 2890 North Main Street! Stop by for a visit anytime!