Walnut Creek is a city in Contra Costa County, California, United States, located in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, about 16 miles (26 km) east of the city of Oakland. Walnut Creek serves as a hub for its neighbouring cities because of its location at the junction of the highways from Sacramento and San Jose (I-680) and San Francisco/Oakland (SR-24) and its accessibility by BART. Its active downtown neighbourhood features hundred-year-old buildings and extensive high-end retail establishments.
Companies based in Walnut Creek include Central Garden & Pet (makers of AvoDerm, Amdro, Kaytee, among others), American Reprographics Company, CSE Insurance Group, Maximum Games, and the PMI Group. Among] the top employers in the city are: John Muir Health; Kaiser Permanente; Safeway; Nordstrom; IHC; United States Postal Service; Aetna; Macy's; City of Walnut Creek; HCR Manor Care. The city was listed among the 10 best places to retire in the U.S. by CBS Money Watch and U.S. News.
Walnut Creek has a population of over 70,166 people. Walnut Creek also forms part of the wider San Francisco Bay metropolitan area which has a population of over 12,594,831 people.