About the Concord-Walnut Creek Region
The Concord / Walnut Creek Region of California is considered part of the Greater San Francisco Bay Area. It encompasses the center of Contra Costa County and is located inland, just east of San Pablo Bay, just south of Suisun Bay, right at the foot of Mount Diablo.
The Mount Diablo open space area, including Mount Diablo State Park, consists of over 90,000 acres of preserved lands. The park has extensive hiking hiking trails, campgrounds, wildlife, rock formations and expansive vistas reaching from The Sierra Nevada mountains to the Golden Gate Bridge.
The area has seen rapid growth in recent years, primarily as bedroom communities to San Francisco and The Silicon Valley.
Major employers include the John Muir Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, Chevron, Wells Fargo, Bank of America and Pacific Gas & Electric.
The area was originally inhabited by the Miwok Native American people. The Spanish arrived in the late 1700's and began to populate the area after 1834. American settlers began to arrive in the area in 1848, following the Mexican-American War.