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A Guide to Martinez, CA

A look at the City, Neighborhoods, Schools & More


Welcome to Martinez, CA

Located in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area, the city of Martinez is known for its large number of antique shops and beautifully preserved old buildings. Marinez is the county seat of Contra Costa County and home to nearly 40,000 residents. Established in 1849, Martinez is one of the oldest towns in California. While many folks passing by on I-680 think of the refinery operations that dot the north side of town, Martinez is known locally for its historic downtown. From breweries and gastropubs to antique shops and more – the charm of Martinez is missed from the highway.


The Martinez Regional Shoreline makes up the north edge of the city - providing amazing views and a huge marina with deep water access to The San Francisco Bay and beyond, as well as a major Amtrak station.

Martinez At-A-Glance

The city Martinez can be defined as a more densely built downtown with suburban areas stretching south of Highway 4 to join the neighboring city of Pleasant Hill. Unincorporated areas include the rural Alhambra Valley and the Franklin Canyon area. Notable for its large number of preserved old buildings, the downtown includes the Art Deco Martinez Library, registered as a landmark for architectural considerations. Martinez is the birthplace of Joe DiMaggio, the famous New York Yankee slugger, and also the "martini," invented by a Martinez bartender in 1874.

People and Demographics

As of 2021, Martinez is home to nearly 40,000 people, with a median age of 42.5. As of 2020, the estimated median household income in Martinez: $115,313, and the estimated per capita income is $55,069. The percentage of residents living in poverty in 2020 is around 5.1%.


Martinez has a Mediterranean climate with cool and wet winters and dry, warm summers. The city gets around 20 inches of rain per year and no snow. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is around 62. On average, residents enjoy 265 sunny days per year with July highs around 89 degrees and January lows around 39 degrees.

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Martinez CA Real Estate Market

Martinez is a hot seller's market with more people looking to buy than there are homes available. As of March (2021), the median list price for Martinez CA homes for sale is $662,000, trending up 20.7% year-over-year. The median list price per square foot is $434, and the median sale price for homes in Martinez is $652K. Median Days on Market: 35 Days.

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Schools and Education

For parents of school-age children, the community is served by the Martinez Unified School District. The district has four elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school.

Elementary schools:

Secondary Schools: 

Alternative and independent study schools:

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The top 20 largest employers in Contra Costa County (all agencies countywide in alphabetical order) include:

  • 24 Hour Fitness USA Inc., San Ramon
  • Bay Area Rapid Transit, Richmond
  • Bio-Rad Laboratories, Hercules
  • Broadspectrum Americas, Richmond
  • C&H Sugar, Crockett
  • Chevron (various entities), San Ramon, and Richmond
  • Contra Costa County (including Contra
  • Costa Medical Center), multiple locations
    GE, San Ramon,
  • John Muir Medical Center, Concord, and Walnut Creek
  • Kaiser Permanente, multiple locations
  • Phillips 66, Rod
  • Robert Half International, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek
  • San Ramon Medical Center, San Ramon
  • Santa Fe Pacific Pipe Lines, Richmond
  • Shell Oil Products, Martinez
  • St Mary's College, Moraga
  • Sutter Delta Medical Center, Antioch
  • Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery, Pacheco
  • U.S. Veterans Medical Center, Martinez
  • USS-Posco Industries, Pittsburg

Sources: America's Labor Market Information System Database, 1st Quarter 2020, downloaded via State of California Employment Development Department, October 30, 2019; and "Largest Employers in the East Bay", San Francisco Business Times, Oct. 18, 2019.

Hospitals, Medical Centers & Clinics in or near Martinez

Local Utilities & Community Services

Area Transportation

  • Amtrak runs its San Joaquins line to Southern California and Capitol Corridor line to Sacramento and San José through stations in Richmond, Martinez, and Antioch-Pittsburg.
  • BART High-speed commuter rail system, which functions as the Bay Area’s metro system.
  • AC Transit provides local service in West County and in Orinda, in addition to western Alameda County, Transbay commuter services to San Francisco, bus rapid transit lines, and the bulk of All Nighter service for the East Bay.
  • County Connection provides fixed-route and paratransit bus service throughout the communities of Concord, Pleasant Hill, Martinez, Walnut Creek, Clayton, Lafayette, Orinda, Moraga, Danville, San Ramon, as well as unincorporated communities in Central Contra Costa County. A County Connection bus dressed up like a trolley-car is a free shuttle provided by the city to bring BART travelers to the downtown area.
  • Golden Gate Transit provides connecting Transbay service between San Rafael and Richmond and El Cerrito del Norte BART stations via the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.
  • Tri-Delta Transit provides local bus service in East County and connecting regional services to Martinez, Livermore, and Stockton.
  • WestCAT provides local bus service in northern West County with connecting service to BART and Transbay service to the city (San Francisco).

The nearest major airport to Martinez is Oakland International Airport (OAK / KOAK), which has international and domestic flights from Oakland.  Another major airport is San Francisco International Airport (SFO / KSFO), which has international and domestic flights from San Francisco, California.

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