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6 Reasons to Move to Antioch, CA

1. Geography

Antioch is a suburb of San Francisco and Oakland, just off of Highway 4 in Contra Costa County. The city is known as the Gateway to the Delta because of its location on the banks of the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta.
Its total area measures 29.1 square miles, of which 28.3 square miles is land and 0.7 square miles is water.
Antioch has become the heart of Eastern Contra Costa County thanks to a variety of employment opportunities, shopping and a wide variety of recreational activities.

1.a Climate

Antioch has a semi-arid climate; the summers are hot and dry while the winters are mild with moderate precipitation.
The city gets 19 inches of rain per year (the US average is 39), and the average number of days with any measurable precipitation in the area is 55.
Residents enjoy over 260 sunny days per year. The July high is around 91 degrees while the January low is 39.

2. Economy

Antioch is home of a growing population of professionals and skilled workers. It is a crossroads linking the San Francisco/East Bay region to Sacramento and the Central Valley.
The top employers in the city are:
Kaiser Permanente, Antioch Unified School District, Sutter Delta Medical Center, Contra Costa County Social Services, Wal-Mart , City of Antioch, Target, Antioch Auto Center, Costco and Macy’s.

3. Government

The City Council functions as the legislative body that represents the citizens of Antioch, and it consists of one elected Major and four City Council members, who are elected at large for four-year terms.

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4. Education

Antioch Unified School District Public operates two high schools, four middle schools, and multiple elementary schools in the area. The four middle schools are: Antioch Middle School, Park Middle School, Black Diamond Middle School and Dallas Ranch Middle School.
The two high schools consist of Antioch High School and Deer Valley High School.
A big majority of private institutions in the community are religious; among them we find the following private elementary and middle schools: Cornerstone Christian Academy, Holy Rosary Elementary School, Hilltop Christian School, Kinder Care Learning Center, Antioch Christian School, Golden Hills Christian School and Great Beginnings Elementary School.
Private high schools in Antioch include: Heritage Baptist Academy (K-12), Delta Christian High School, Cornerstone Christian Academy and Promised Land Christian High School.
For higher education, residents have the option to attend the Western Career College, which is located on Lone Tree Way.
Also, in Antioch, the Event First Aid & Safety Service offers CPR and First Aid Training on its location at 201 G Street, 2nd and G streets.

4.a Library

Antioch Library of the Contra Costa County Library is located across the street from Antioch Middle School. The library provides both physical and online collections, and users require a free library card to access most of the services.
Databases and services available through the Contra Costa County Library include: California Missions eBooks, Elementary School Research, Middle School/ High School Research, Social Studies Fact Cards and Tumble Book Library.
The library offers Homework Help for kids, consisting on lessons from textbooks used in California for science k-8, National Geographic Kids Education, Encyclopedia, articles, games, activities, maps, photos and videos. A similar program is available for teens.
For adults and seniors (50+), the library system provides information, resources and activities such as:
Classes/education at Acalanes Adult Center, Contra Costa College, DVC and Los Medanos.

Fun Resources: CoCoCo Fun Resources

Job Seeking for 50+: CCCL Job Resource Guide

Organizations: AARP | CARA

Senior Centers & Clubs: at Concord, Hercules, Pinole and Walnut Creek.

Technology: GCF Tech Classes | Library Tech Assistance | SeniorNet

Transportation: AC Transit 800-555-8085 | BART | County Connection 925-676-7500

Travel: National Parks Senior Pass | Rick Steves Travel Tips | Road Scholar

Volunteering: Library Volunteering | Volunteer Center of the East Bay

Database available at the library for seniors, include:
Health & Home – AARP | Boomers Int’l | SeniorNet.
Community Living | Meals on Wheels
Financial & Legal – Financial Tips & Tools | Library Legal Guide History & Genealogy – HeritageQuest | Obituaries
Government Resources – Social Security | Taxes | Veterans
Library Resources – Accessibility | eBooks | Tech Help

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5. Infrastructure

5.a Transportation

Eastern Contra Costa Transit Authority (Tri Delta Transit) is the predominant provider of public transportation in the Antioch area; the company serves the cities of Antioch, Pittsburg, Brentwood, Oakley, Bay Point, Discovery Bay and Concord, and also operates 14 local bus routes from Monday to Friday (including express route 300), 4 local bus routes on weekends & holidays, door-to-door bus service for senior citizens and people with disabilities, and shuttle services for community events.

County Connection bus number 93X facilitates transportation from Antioch to John Muir Medical Center, Mitchell Park n’ Ride, Railroad Castlewood, Delta Fair Sommersville and Hillcrest Park ‘n Ride. Express Route 300 is the fastest route between Brentwood and Pittsburg BART, with only 4 stops along the way and direct service from Antioch. Route 300 drops passengers off right in front of the BART station, just steps from the entrance.
The Antioch-Pittsburg Amtrak station serves the community, as well as the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) which is available at the Pittsburg/Bay Point Station in Pittsburg.
Antioch’s primary freeway is State Route 4, a half hour’s drive to Interstate 80 and the road network of the Bay Area. To the east, the freeway connect with Interstate 5 at the Central Valley city of Stockton, California.
International airports serving this area include: Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose, and Sacramento. Stockton Metropolitan Airport is also a commercial airport serving this area.
Byron Airport, Livermore Municipal Airport, and Buchanan Field Airport are also nearby facilities serving private aircraft.
eBART is a proposed rail or other rapid transit system that will run from the Pittsburg/Bay Point BART station through Pittsburg, Antioch, Oakley, Brentwood, and Byron.
The City of Antioch and the Water Transit Authority (WTA) are exploring the option of providing ferry passenger service from the Antioch waterfront to San Francisco.

5.b Utilities

The Contra Costa Water District is in charge of providing water services to residential homes and businesses in Contra Costa County.
NPDES is responsible for maintaining an estimated 28,252 residential and commercial sewer lateral connections. Contra Costa County Waste & Recycling Services offers the following services and resources to the community: Municipal Solid Waste, Yard Waste, Organics, Electronics Recycling, Special Waste, Job-Site Recycling, Dumpster Rental, Landfill, Transfer station, Household Hazardous Waste, Bulk Trash Pickup, All-In-One™ Residential, Universal Waste, Sharps Disposal, Industrial Recycling, Commercial Recycling, and Recycling Centers.

6. Point of Interest

The Antioch Municipal Marina located at the Foot of “L” Street #5 Marina Plaza, on the south side of the San Joaquin River, is the perfect gateway to the California Delta. The marina sits on the merge of the San Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers, and it provides one of the best locations for fishing striped bass, salmon, steelhead, and sturgeon, and also for enjoying a day of sailing and racing sailboats along the Antioch Riverfront.
Antioch’s suburb location offers multiple fishing zones just minutes away, such as Sherman Lake and Winter Island.
Four (4) Antioch’s Historic Places or Buildings on the National Register are: the Black Diamond Mines, Roswell Butler Hard House, Riverview Union High School Building, and the Shannon-Williamson Ranch.
The historic El Campanil Theatre, in downtown Antioch, provides multiple entertainment opportunities for residents and visitors such as concerts, classic films, live theatre, symphony, ballet, and comedy. A large variety of local dance and community-based organizations including the Antioch Rivertown Theatre Group, perform regularly at this facility.
The Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch furthers several programs for diverse age groups, including education in graphic arts, sculpture, pottery, and performance arts. The foundation also hosts several community events such as the Saturday Summer Concert Series, the Delta Blues Festival and the Holiday Delights Parade.
Antioch Historical Society Museum, located in the Riverview Union High School Building, houses moving historical exhibits and endorses tours of the grounds.
Art exhibits from local artists can be appreciated throughout the year at the Lynn House Gallery and at the Rivertown Art Center.
The Contra Costa County Fairgrounds provides amazing entertaining for residents and visitors, including live music, entertaining shows, Antioch Speedway events, delicious fair food, traditional exhibits, youth livestock, the new and free Family Fun Zone, and much more.
Antioch City Prewett Water Park, situated at 4701 Lone Tree Way, is a seasonal city water park with pools, slides & waterfalls and a floating bridge, which also provides classes and programs like water aerobics, lap swim, Parent-Tot Swim Time in the lap pool, American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED, American Red Cross Lifeguard Training and American Red Cross Lifeguard Training, among other programs.

Conclusion

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