Concord (formerly Todos Santos) is the largest city in Contra Costa County, California, in the United States. At the 2010 census, the city had a population of 122,067. Founded in 1869 as the community of Todos Santos by Salvio Pacheco, the name was changed to Concord within months. The city is a major regional suburban East Bay center within the San Francisco Bay Area, and is 31 miles (50 km) east of San Francisco.
The focal point of downtown Concord is Todos Santos Plaza, which encompasses an entire city block and is known for its farmers market, free summer concerts, and large number of surrounding restaurants. Much of the area immediately around downtown has recently been redeveloped, with new high-density apartment and condominium projects to take advantage of the proximity to public transportation and the vibrant area surrounding the park. Despite this, some crime and homelessness remain issues in the downtown area.
To the north and east of downtown is the older residential area of Concord, with many homes dating back to before World War II. In the far northern edge of town is a primarily industrial area, dominated by the Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery (which is actually not located within city limits). The southeastern area of the city, centered along Clayton Road, is primarily residential and was mostly developed in the 1960s and 1970s. In the southwest area of the city is the primarily Latino neighborhood known as Four Corners, centered around the intersection of Monument Boulevard and Oak Grove Road.
Concord is bordered on the west by Pleasant Hill and the unincorporated community of Pacheco, on the south by Walnut Creek, on the southeast by Clayton, on the northeast by Pittsburg and the unincorporated community of Bay Point, and on the north by the unincorporated community of Clyde. Though it shares no border with Concord, Martinez (the county seat) is located almost immediately adjacent to Concord on the northwest.
Points of interest:
- Concord Pavilion – amphitheater, a major regional concert venue formerly known as the Concord Pavilion and as Chronicle Pavilion at Concord.
- Markham Regional Arboretum
- Concord Center – conference and event facility
- Sunvalley Mall
- Don Francisco Galindo House
- Don Salvio Pacheco Adobe
- Todos Santos Plaza – site of farmer’s market, concerts, and movies
- Buchanan Field Airport
- Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial
- West Wind Solano Drive-In Theater
- Baldwin Community Park and the Concord Senior Center
- Six Flags Waterworld Concord
- Concord Skatepark
- Willow Pass Community Park
- Ygnacio Valley Park
- Newhall Community Park
- Lime Ridge Open Space
- Dave Brubeck Park
- Rick Sears Memorial Park
- Hillcrest Park – home to Matteo’s Dream, a playground for children of all abilities
- Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps
- Starting point of the Iron Horse Regional Trail