Orinda

Peaceful, luxurious suburban oasis with stunning vistas

Welcome to Orinda

Nestled in the foothills east of San Francisco, Orinda is an affluent, picturesque community in Contra Costa County. Thanks to its vantage point among the coastal hills of the Lamorinda area, Orinda has some of the most breathtaking views of the surrounding East Bay landscape.

Orinda’s history is strongly linked to the ranching and agricultural industries still vital to California today. The town began to grow exponentially after completing the Caldecott Tunnel in 1934, opening Orinda up to larger cities in the West like Oakland and San Francisco. 

Forbes ranked Orinda as one of the friendliest towns in America, noting the strong community spirit that runs through this town. Residents can participate in town events like pumpkin carving contests, attend the Independence Day fireworks, or catch an outdoor Shakespeare performance by the local Cal Shakes theater group.                     

What to Love

  • Gorgeous East Bay landscape and weather
  • Top-rated local public schools
  • Lots of community events and festivals
  • Lively shopping and dining district
  • Plenty of parks and nature preserves

Local Lifestyle

There is plenty to do in Orinda, whether you prefer golfing at the Orinda Country Club, shopping in the vibrant downtown district, or hiking through the Orinda Open Space Preserve. And the San Pablo Reservoir just north of town is perfect for kayaking and fishing. 

Despite its proximity to the major cities of Oakland and San Francisco, Orinda has maintained a quiet, tranquil atmosphere. There is plenty of wide open space, and many of the homes in this community feature large backyards. Orinda homes span a variety of architectural styles, from classic California ranches to sprawling Mission Revival estates. 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Located in the heart of downtown Orinda in the theater district, The Fourth Bore Tap Room is a New American eatery serving elevated gastropub fare. The Fourth Bore has an extensive local craft beer list and features live music throughout the week. 

The interior of Casa Orinda is classicly rustic. The mahogany bar, Western American art, and exposed beams give the eatery an elegantly warm vibe. The innovative menu combines Western and classic Italian cuisine with favorites like veal parmigiana, filet mignon, and a prawn cocktail.

Shelby’s serves European-inspired contemporary California cuisine in an elevated, sleek dining space. The menu at Shelby’s features dishes such as penne pasta al arrabbiata, crab cakes, and braised short ribs. Diners can enjoy their meal on the picturesque, cozy patio. 

The historic Orinda Theatre has been showing movies since its opening in 1941. Currently, this downtown Orinda theater showcases first-run movies, film festivals, and a summer concert series. 

Things to Do

The Orinda Farmers’ Market brings together local growers and vendors at Orinda Community Park weekly. This year-round market features fresh local produce, flowers, and artisan goods. 

Established in 1924, the Orinda Country Club is the community’s premier, exclusive social and recreation club. The golden age William Watson golf course has been renovated to make it challenging for modern, avid golfers. And the club also features a state-of-the-art aquatic center, fitness facilities, tennis courts, pickleball courts, and an elegant dining room in a historic hacienda clubhouse.

Orinda Oaks Park has over 12 acres of open green space among the rolling hills of this community. The park has picnic areas, walking trails, athletic fields, and a playground. A winding trail also connects the park to the Orinda Open Space Preserve, with hiking areas leading to stunning vistas of Mount Diablo.

One of Orinda’s most charming attractions is Redwood Valley Railway, a railway for a miniature steam train. The railway is open for rides each weekend and holds special community events throughout the year. 

Schools

The Orinda Union School District serves the community of Orinda. Excellent schools of note in the area include:


Overview for Orinda, CA

19,497 people live in Orinda, where the median age is 49 and the average individual income is $128,328. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

19,497

Total Population

49 years

Median Age

High

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

$128,328

Average individual Income

Demographics and Employment Data for Orinda, CA

Orinda has 7,252 households, with an average household size of 2.68. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Orinda do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 19,497 people call Orinda home. The population density is 1,517.08 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

19,497

Total Population

High

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

49

Median Age

48.93 / 51.07%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

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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
7,252

Total Households

2.68

Average Household Size

$128,328

Average individual Income

Households with Children

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Without Children:

Marital Status

Married
Single
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Separated

Blue vs White Collar Workers

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Commute Time

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

Schools in Orinda, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Orinda. 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
PRIVATE
8th - 12th
No rating available
Wagner Ranch Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
Sleepy Hollow Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
Holden High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
Glorietta Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
Orinda Intermediate
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
Del Rey Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5

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