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Pleasant Hill

Great place for families and anyone who loves being outdoors.

Welcome to Pleasant Hill

A beautiful and bucolic Oakland suburb.
 
This small suburban city in San Francisco’s Bay Area is a great place for families and anyone who loves being outdoors. With its green rolling hills, Pleasant Hill, as its name implies, is a peaceful and bucolic setting with plenty of beautiful parks and trails to enjoy.
 
Originally used as agricultural land, the area that eventually became Pleasant Hill was developed in the 1920s and incorporated in 1961. The town maintained a small-town atmosphere with no real, established downtown until 2000 when a major shopping center was added to create Downtown Pleasant Hill.
 
Today, Pleasant Hill is a thriving Oakland suburb with plentiful restaurants and shops. Spacious and elegant homes are available near the downtown area, many with fantastic luxury amenities; overall, home prices tend to skew lower in Pleasant Valley compared to other Bay Area and Silicon Valley suburbs.
 

What to Love

  • Plentiful parks and outdoor trails
  • Thriving downtown
  • Small-town community feel

People & Lifestyle

Pleasant Hill is as calm and peaceful as its name implies, with beautiful scenery, rolling hills, and lush green parks. Even so, it’s never too quiet or boring; there are plenty of fun festivals and community events, which is a great way to meet your neighbors and make new friends!
 
Young professionals raising families love living in Pleasant Hill due to its outstanding quality of life, excellent public school system, and proximity to tech hubs like Oakland and San Francisco. There are also plenty of camps and activities to keep children occupied while having a great time.
 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

In recent decades, Pleasant Hill has developed into a fun place to enjoy an incredible meal or spend a fun day shopping. From a major shopping center to a wide variety of restaurants, there’s always something to do in Pleasant Hill.
 
The town is known for the Downtown Pleasant Hill shopping center, home to many of your favorite retail destinations. Enjoy a movie at Cinemark, take a class at Club Pilates, or shop at classics like Michaels or Ulta. Downtown Pleasant Hill is a great place to get a quick meal, whether you’re craving Chipotle or Five Guys.Enjoy a delicious meal and time with family or friends at Jack’s Restaurant & Bar, a lively, family-run grill that serves up American fare. Slow Hand BBQ is another great place to grab dinner; enjoy smoked ribs, brisket, pulled pork, or tri-tip and pair it with a cold glass of beer. Locals also love ordering from Nama, a delightful sushi spot downtown, or picking up goods from Escape from Fisherman’s Wharf, a deli with excellent seafood offerings.
 

Things to Do

No matter what time of year it is, there’s always something exciting happening in Pleasant Hill! Make new friends, socialize, and enjoy food and music at some of Pleasant Hill’s best events.
 
During the summer, take in a fantastic musical performance at Pleasant Hill’s Sunset by the Lake summer concert series. The community also comes together for the Art, Wine & Music Festival, a celebration of all things artistic with arts and crafts, performances, exhibits, and food vendors. Looking for a great catering opportunity for your next event? Check out local Pleasant Hill business Off the Grid, a unique food truck provider that works with hundreds of food and beverage partners to create a fantastic catering experience. The town also has a fantastic variety of parks to explore, including Birchview Park (great for kids) and Mission Oaks Park (perfect for picnicking—and bringing the dog).
 

Schools

Pleasant Hill is zoned in the Mount Diablo Unified School District and is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
 
  • College Park High School
  • Diablo Valley College



Overview for Pleasant Hill, CA

48,575 people live in Pleasant Hill, where the median age is 42.4 and the average individual income is $57,507.69. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

48,575

Total Population

42.4 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$57,507.69

Average individual Income

Around Pleasant Hill, CA

There's plenty to do around Pleasant Hill, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

38
Car-Dependent
Walking Score
74
Very Bikeable
Bike Score
25
Some Transit
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Aala Yazdi, Wardrobe Boutique, and Core Motion Athletics.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 1.95 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 3.94 miles 12 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.68 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.05 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.02 miles 34 reviews 5/5 stars
Beauty 4.4 miles 16 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Pleasant Hill, CA

Pleasant Hill has 19,461 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Pleasant Hill do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 48,575 people call Pleasant Hill home. The population density is 3,765.6 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

48,575

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

42.4

Median Age

48.19 / 51.81%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

0-9:

0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
19,461

Total Households

2

Average Household Size

$57,507.69

Average individual Income

Marital Status

Married
Single
Divorced
Separated

Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Pleasant Hill, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Pleasant Hill. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Valhalla Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Christ The King Catholic School
PRIVATE
K - 8th
No rating available
Gregory Gardens Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
2/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Fair Oaks Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
1/5
Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy
PRIVATE
K - 12th
No rating available
Contra Costa County Regional Occupational Program
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
Pleasant Hill Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
Horizons School: Independent Study
PUBLIC
K - 12th
4/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
Strandwood Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5

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