Pinole, CA

Named after a flour made from seeds and grasses, Pinole took its name when a Spanish expedition ran out of provisions and was fed pinole by the locals.

Originally a trading facility on the shore of San Pablo Bay, the city grew first with the incoming of the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1878, and also a powder manufacturer,
California Powder Company, a mere 2 miles away.

The city was incorporated in 1903 but remained small until the early 1960s when interstate 80 ran through the city.

The arrival of interstate 80 virtually transformed the city, and the population grew 428 percent in the 60s. As a result, most of old Pinole was torn down, and the town transitioned to a residential city.

Today, the population is around 19,0000, and Pinole is known as a shopping destination for its huge Outlet shopping district.

Pinole has a dense, urban feel to it, and of the city residents, a healthy 67 percent own their own homes, while 33,000 rent.

A typical home in Pinole runs around $720,000. For those who rent, typically they will pay around $1800 a month for their accommodations.

The median household income is $100,000 and being only 14 miles from Oakland and 17 miles from San Francisco, the vast majority of workers commute, although the commute time, as is typical in Contra Costa County is around 30 minutes or more.

There is no Bart in Pinole, but there is nearby bus transportation to the El Cerrito del Norte Bart Station.

Pinole has a small-town feel to it, and that’s why people either love or hate Pinole.

Outside of the Outlet Mall, there is not much to do but chill and relax. Even trip advisor lists relatively few things to do.

There are only around 20 restaurants in the city and besides the outlet mall, there is a small shopping center, but generally, if you want outside entertainment, you get in the car and go to nearby Oakland.

The population of Pinole is generally diverse, and the crime rate is fairly low.

So Pinole is a great place to check out if you are family orientated and want a quiet place to live. If you want to experience nightlife, check out Orinda.

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