Contra Costa County, CA

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2022 Population
1.16M
0.0865% 1-year growth
US Senator
Alex Padilla
Democratic Party
US Senator
Laphonza Butler
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
40.1
0.501% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
8.26%
0.705% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$120,020
8.66% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$787,300
14.3% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
573,653
0.573% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Contra Costa County, CA had a population of 1.16M people with a median age of 40.1 and a median household income of $120,020. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Contra Costa County, CA grew from 1.16M to 1.16M, a 0.0865% increase and its median household income grew from $110,455 to $120,020, a 8.66% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Contra Costa County, CA are White (Non-Hispanic) (40.6%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (18%), Other (Hispanic) (12.2%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (8.4%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (7.01%).

None of the households in Contra Costa County, CA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

89.3% of the residents in Contra Costa County, CA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Contra Costa County, CA are Diablo Valley College (113634) (3,866 degrees awarded in 2022), Los Medanos College (2,167 degrees), and Contra Costa College (1,386 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Contra Costa County, CA was $787,300, and the homeownership rate was 67.2%.

Most people in Contra Costa County, CA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 36.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Contra Costa County, CA was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Contra Costa County, CA is home to a population of 1.16M people, from which 89.3% are citizens. As of 2022, 25.2% of Contra Costa County, CA residents were born outside of the country (294k people).

In 2022, there were 2.25 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (472k people) in Contra Costa County, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 210k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 141k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

89.3%
2022 Citizenship
89.4%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 89.3% of Contra Costa County, CA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Contra Costa County, CA was 89.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Contra Costa County, CA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    472k ± 1.81k
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    210k ± 2.21k
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    141k ± 4.5k
26.4%
Hispanic Population
307k people

In 2022, there were 2.25 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (472k people) in Contra Costa County, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 210k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 141k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

26.4% of the people in Contra Costa County, CA are hispanic (307k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Contra Costa County, CA as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    3,899,021 ± 46,015 people
  2. Philippines
    824,230 ± 22,055 people
  3. China
    685,370 ± 20,148 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of California was Mexico, the natal country of 3,899,021 California residents, followed by Philippines with 824,230 and China with 685,370.

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Foreign-Born Population

25.2%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
294k people
25%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
290k people

As of 2022, 25.2% of Contra Costa County, CA residents (294k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Contra Costa County, CA was 25%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    14,456 ± 799
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    7,421 ± 689
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    5,121 ± 582

Contra Costa County, CA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.95 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Contra Costa County, CA employs 574k people. The largest industries in Contra Costa County, CA are Health Care & Social Assistance (80,355 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (68,722 people), and Retail Trade (57,850 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($190,565), Utilities ($143,037), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($140,595).

Males in California have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $75,777. The income inequality in California (measured using the Gini index) is 0.498, which is higher than than the national average.

Occupations

574k
2022 Value
± 6,586
0.573%
1 Year growth
± 1.58%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Contra Costa County, CA grew at a rate of 0.573%, from 570k employees to 574k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Contra Costa County, CA, are Management Occupations (80,909 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (57,186 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (55,876 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Contra Costa County, CA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

574k
2022 Value
± 6,586
0.573%
1 Year growth
± 1.58%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Contra Costa County, CA grew at a rate of 0.573%, from 570k employees to 574k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Contra Costa County, CA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (80,355 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (68,722 people), and Retail Trade (57,850 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Contra Costa County, CA, though some of these residents may live in Contra Costa County, CA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$72,094
Median earning men ± $1,148
$51,585
Median earning women ± $1,024

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Information ($137,862), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($119,693), and Public Administration ($111,839).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Information ($85,135), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($83,225), and Public Administration ($80,142).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.57%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 17.9M people employed in California. This represents a 2.57% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 14%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in California.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 11,860
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 6,672
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 6,657
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Contra Costa County, CA went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 71.6% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (26.3%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.05%).

Alex Padilla and Laphonza Butler are the senators currently representing the state of California. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

California is currently represented by 52 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from California

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Alex Padilla
Senator from California3
Assumed office on January 20, 2021
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Kamala Harris, who had become Vice President of the United States.
Laphonza Butler
Senator from California1
Assumed office on October 3, 2023
Appointed to the seat following the death of Dianne Feinstein.

Alex Padilla and Laphonza Butler are the senators currently representing California.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from California

California is currently represented by 52 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for California have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Contra Costa County, CA awarded 10,122 degrees. The student population of Contra Costa County, CA in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 15,029 male students and 19,427 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Contra Costa County, CA are Hispanic or Latino (3,512 and 35.8%), followed by White (2,542 and 25.9%), Asian (1,814 and 18.5%), and Black or African American (740 and 7.54%).

The largest universities in Contra Costa County, CA by number of degrees awarded are Diablo Valley College (113634) (3,866 and 38.2%), Los Medanos College (2,167 and 21.4%), and Contra Costa College (1,386 and 13.7%).

The most popular majors in Contra Costa County, CA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (1,600 and 15.8%), Biological & Physical Sciences (929 and 9.18%), and General Business Administration & Management (672 and 6.64%).

The median tuition cost in Contra Costa County, CA for private four year colleges is $53,372.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Contra Costa County, CA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 87.9%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 15.1%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 34,456 (43.6% men and 56.4% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 34,456 students enrolled in Contra Costa County, CA, 43.6% men and 56.4% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in Hispanic or Latino with 12,194 records, of which 60.1% were women and 39.9% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 749 degrees awarded
  2. 432 degrees awarded
  3. 412 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Contra Costa County, CA was Biological & Physical Sciences with 749 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Contra Costa County, CA according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 3,866 degrees awarded
  2. 2,167 degrees awarded
  3. 1,386 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Diablo Valley College (113634) with 3,866 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 3,633 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Contra Costa County, CA, which is 0.56 times less than the 6,489 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was Hispanic or Latino students. These 3,512 degrees mean that there were 1.38 times more degrees awarded to Hispanic or Latino students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 2,542 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($53,372) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($200) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,100) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 2.08% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 2.26% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were Some college (6.9M), High School or Equivalent (6.8M), and Bachelors Degree (6.36M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Contra Costa County, CA was $787,300 in 2022, which is 2.79 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $689,000 to $787,300, a 14.3% increase. The homeownership rate in Contra Costa County, CA is 67.2%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Contra Costa County, CA have an average commute time of 36.8 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Contra Costa County, CA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Contra Costa County, CA is $120,020. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Contra Costa County, CA was Census Tract 3461.02 with a value of $250,001, followed by Census Tract 3462.04 and Census Tract 3480, with respective values of $250,001 and $250,001.

In 2022, 20.5% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Contra Costa County, CA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 3.05%.

Property

$787,300
Median Property Value 2022
±$7,496
$274,388
Median Property Taxes
±$3,595

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Contra Costa County, CA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Contra Costa County, CA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

67.2%
Homeownership
2022
69%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 67.2% of the housing units in Contra Costa County, CA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 67%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 3461.02
  2. Census Tract 3462.04
  3. Census Tract 3480

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Contra Costa County, CA was Census Tract 3461.02 with a value of $250,001, followed by Census Tract 3462.04 and Census Tract 3480, with respective values of $250,001 and $250,001.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Contra Costa County, CA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$120,020
Median Household Income
± $1,496
409k
Number of Households
± 4,867

In 2022, the median household income of the 409k households in Contra Costa County, CA grew to $120,020 from the previous year's value of $110,455.

The following chart displays the households in Contra Costa County, CA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $200k+ range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Contra Costa County, CA is from California.
0.498
2022 Wage GINI in California
0.497
2021 Wage GINI in California

In 2022, the income inequality in California was 0.498 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.107% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for California was higher than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in California in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (62%)
  2. Worked At Home (17%)
  3. Carpooled (9.71%)

In 2022, 62% of workers in Contra Costa County, CA drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (17%) and those who carpooled to work (9.71%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

36.8 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Contra Costa County, CA have a longer commute time (36.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 8.08% of the workforce in Contra Costa County, CA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 20.5% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Contra Costa County, CA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 3.05%.

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Poverty & Diversity

8.26% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Contra Costa County, CA (95.3k out of 1.15M people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females 55 - 64.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Contra Costa County, CA is Hispanic, followed by White and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 7.9% of the children was living in poverty in Contra Costa County, CA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 6.6%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 336 in Contra Costa County, CA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 61.7 per 100,000 population.

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Health

95.3% of the population of Contra Costa County, CA has health coverage, with 54.8% on employee plans, 15.8% on Medicaid, 11.8% on Medicare, 12.3% on non-group plans, and 0.589% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Contra Costa County, CA see 977 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.03% increase from the previous year (967 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1104 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 263 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.7% were men and 51.3% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

977 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Contra Costa County, CA

Primary care physicians in Contra Costa County, CA see an average of 977 patients per year. This represents a 1.03% increase from the previous year (967 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Contra Costa County, CA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 23.6% under 18 years, 19.3% between 18 and 34 years, 40.9% between 35 and 64 years, and 16.2% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.7% were men and 51.3% were women.

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Uninsured People

4.65%
Uninsured
54.8%
Employer Coverage
15.8%
Medicaid
11.8%
Medicare
12.3%
Non-Group
0.589%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Contra Costa County, CA declined by 1.76% from 4.73% to 4.65%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 30.2 in Contra Costa County, CA.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 23.9% in Contra Costa County, CA.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 6.46% in Contra Costa County, CA.

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