Concord (California)

Concord is a residential and business city located in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area in the state of California.

Understand

Concord is located 29 miles east of San Francisco, meaning that the commute through the Caldecott Tunnel and across the Bay Bridge can be done in approximately thirty minutes when traffic is light, but may feel like an eternity when traffic is heavy. The total area of the city is 31.13 square miles, and with over 120,000 residents Concord is the largest city in Contra Costa County.

Concord is perhaps best known for the De La Salle High School football team, which between 1992 and 2004 established a national record winning streak of 151 games, shattering the previous record of 72 games. During this time the team was named ESPN national champion in 1994 and USA Today national champion in 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003. Concord's other claim to fame is that it is the birthplace of actor Tom Hanks, who is well known for numerous critically-acclaimed movies including Turner & Hooch, Bachelor Party and Joe Versus the Volcano. Jazz artist Dave Brubeck (of "Take Five" fame) is also from Concord and one of Concord's several parks is named in his honor.

There is a campus of Cal State East Bay in Concord.

Climate

 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
 
Daily highs (°F) 56 61 66 70 76 83 87 87 84 77 64 56
Nightly lows (°F) 40 43 45 47 52 56 58 58 56 51 44 40
Precipitation (in) 3.3 3.3 2.4 1.1 0.5 0.1 -77.8 0.0 0.2 0.9 1.5 3.1

   Data from NOAA (1981-2010)

Get in

By subway

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) stops at the Concord and North Concord stations.

By car

Concord is accessible by car from Interstate Highway 680, and State Highways 242 and 4. When driving from Oakland take Highway 24 East to 680 North. County Connection buses also service the city.

By air

Small planes and helicopters can land at Buchanan Field Airport (IATA: CCR). The closest international airport is Oakland International (IATA: OAK), while BART runs directly from all Concord stations to San Francisco International Airport (IATA: SFO).

Get around

Like most of America, unless you enjoy walking or biking long distances you'll want a car to get around in Concord. This city is asphalt America at its finest, and while motorists are generally respectful of bikers and pedestrians, the auto is the king of the road. County Connection buses also service the city, along with several taxi services.

See

Do

Buy

Strip malls, grocery stores, fast food restaurants, electronics megastores, and all other manner of American consumerism are readily available; following any major street will inevitably lead to some sort of shopping area.

Eat

Drink

Those looking for nightlife are better served by visiting neighboring Walnut Creek, although there are a few drinking establishments that are worth a visit.

Sleep

Go next

Routes through Concord

Benicia Martinez  N  S  Pleasant Hill San Jose
Hercules Martinez  W  E  Bay Point Stockton


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