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Contra Costa County, California, is one of the nine counties in the San Francisco Bay Area. Contra Costa means "Opposite Coast" in Spanish, and was so named by the early Mexican Americans in describing the coast opposite San Francisco.

The county's mild climate, quiet suburban lifestyle and wide open country are very attractive. Those who reside in the various suburban, industrial, agricultural and port areas of the county and enjoy outdoor recreational facilities ranging from boating, water skiing, fishing in the Bay and Delta waterways, to golfing, hiking, horseback riding and camping in Mt. Diablo State Park.

Interesting facts about the county include:

  • Population of approximately 1 million people
  • Third among California counties in per capita income
  • 750 square miles ideally located on San Francisco Bay
  • Temperate climate enjoyed all year
  • Fishing and boating upon a thousand miles of Bay and Delta waterways
  • Beautiful countryside including semi-wilderness areas like Briones Park and Mount Diablo
  • Only a 1 hour drive to the Napa Valley, 2 hours to the Monterey Peninsula and 3 hours to Lake Tahoe
  • Within three hours drive of Lake Tahoe, Napa Valley, and the Monterey Peninsula

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