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Retirement Living In East Contra Costa County - California

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Area Description

Antioch is one of the oldest Cities in our county, established in the 1850s.

Region Characteristics

Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   Enjoy outdoor summer concerts in the plaza, a remodeled 1920's era theater for concerts, foreign films,live plays. Free September Blues Festival; an active artistic community with art shows; a Historical Museum with a "Sports Legends" section featuring local athletes; an active Senior Center with Senior programs of all kinds - including dancing.

Black Diamond Mines Regional Park is next to Contra Loma Regional Park which both feature hiking, running, biking and hiking trails. Contra Loma Lake has a swimming section with a small beach, fishing and some boating.

We're the gateway to the Delta where the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers flow together - with great fishing and boating opportunities. We have a water park with water slides and a new Community Center. We're a hub where it is equally as easy to drive to the coast or the mountains or spend time in Napa or other wine locations or head for big city amenities. We're on the flyway; so we are a haven for duck hunters. And close to sporting events and skiing and state parks...

Cultural Activities

Although we don't have our own Symphony, it is easy to get to larger communities for their Symphonies - and sometimes they come to us at the El Campanil Theatre. The community college is in the adjacent community and Cal State East Bay just "over the hill" which has a strong Scholar Ollie lecture series.

Ballet comes to our El Campanil Theatre showcasing the "Nutcracker" at Christmas. We have a strong arts and cultural foundation that puts on festivals, community events and cultural events, plus numerous civic groups that also sponsor events; such as "Celebrate Antioch" which puts on a spectacular 4th of July and a Christmas themed "Holiday Delites" with lighted boat parade on the river. Because of our diverse ethnic community, our parades have a delightful range of participants - which also includes are various festivities. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, Cesar Chavez and Day of the Dead have been prominently acknowledged in our community - among others.

Public transportation

Bar Area Rapid Transit is completing a line to Antioch within the next two years; so there is easy and inexpensive access to Oakland and San Francisco Airports as well as all the big City amenities those cities have to offer.

We have dial a ride for seniors that need extra help and don't want to take a taxi. We have a popular senior center, with bus access. We're in line for Ferry Service on the River front, which will go to Martinez (the county seat) and San Francisco or Oakland. We have an AMTRAK station.

Medical Facilities

We have a Kaiser Hospital and full service medical center as well as Sutter Delta, also a full service hospital with full service medical center. And John Muir's Brentwood Campus (in an adjoining City) - while not a hospital offers office facilities with a range of specialties.

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In East Contra Costa County, California?

For those of you that retire in East Contra Costa County, you will have pleasant temperatures year-round.

Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the upper 40's and highs in the upper 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the low 40's. Expect some rainy days in the winter.

If the weather in the spring is too cold for the outdoors, enjoy some indoor activities in East Contra Costa County such as a movie, dining, nightlife or some shopping. Spring temperatures are cool with averages in the low 60's and highs in the low 70's. Nights are cold with lows in the upper 40's. Expect some rainy days in the spring.

Summertime in East Contra Costa County is a great time to enjoy your retirement with a day at the lake, an outdoor concert, a local festival or other outdoor activity! Summer temperatures are mild with averages in the low 70's and highs in the upper 80's. Nights are cool with lows in the upper 50's. Expect a lot of days above 90°.

If you retire in East Contra Costa County, you can look forward to fall weather activities such as biking on a bike path, hiking, enjoying a walking path and more! Fall temperatures are cool with averages in the mid 60's and highs in the mid 70's. Nights are cool with lows in the low 50's. Expect a few days above 90°. Expect a few days of rain.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  40  48  55
 Feb  43  52  61
 Mar  46  56  66
 Apr  49  60  71
 May  53  66  78
 Jun  57  71  85
 Jul  59  75  90
 Aug  59  74  89
 Sep  57  72  86
 Oct  53  65  77
 Nov  45  55  64
 Dec  40  48  56

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  3  0
 Feb  0  0  0
 Mar  0  0  0
 Apr  0  0  0
 May  3  0  0
 Jun  8  0  0
 Jul  16  0  0
 Aug  14  0  0
 Sep  9  0  0
 Oct  2  0  0
 Nov  0  0  0
 Dec  0  3  0

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  3 "  11  40 %
 Feb  3 "  10  42 %
 Mar  2 "  9  44 %
 Apr  1 "  5  45 %
 May  1 "  3  48 %
 Jun  0 "  1  50 %
 Jul  0 "  0  52 %
 Aug  0 "  0  53 %
 Sep  0 "  1  50 %
 Oct  1 "  3  47 %
 Nov  2 "  6  43 %
 Dec  3 "  10  40 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  0 "  0  0
 Feb  0 "  0  0
 Mar  0 "  0  0
 Apr  0 "  0  0
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  0 "  0  0
 Nov  0 "  0  0
 Dec  0 "  0  0

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Cost of Living for East Contra Costa County, CA

East Contra Costa County, California cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

We have just about every type of housing imaginable. We are considered among the most affordable communities in the Bay Area, but certainly not affordable when compared to other parts of the country. We are a very diverse community with every nationality and ethnic background; so we have some really great restaurants and festivities - even our PTA functions have great food! Plus great schools for grandchildren to attend with pathways programs in every local High School.

Senior Assistance in East Contra Costa County, CA

East Contra Costa County, California offers the following assistance for seniors:

Many of our senior assistance programs require payment of a fee.

What Job or Volunteer Opportunities Does East Contra Costa County Offer For Retirees?

Contra Costa County has a volunteer resource center with every kind of volunteer job imaginable. Many of our organization depend on volunteers to operate. We have hospital volunteer programs, Hospice volunteer opportunities, Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis, Soroptimist, Woman's Club, Antioch Schools Education Foundation, Delta Learning Center (employees credentialed teachers, Historical Society and so much more.

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