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Antioch, California

City of Antioch
View of Antioch from Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve.
View of Antioch from Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve.
Official seal of City of Antioch
Motto: Gateway to the Delta
Location of Antioch within California
Location of Antioch within California
City of Antioch is located in USA
City of Antioch
Location in the United States
Country United States
State California
County Contra Costa
Incorporated February 6, 1872[1]
 • Mayor Wade Harper[2]
 • State senator Steve Glazer (D)[3]
 • Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D)[4]
 • United States representatives Jerry McNerney (D) and Mark DeSaulnier (D)[5]
 • City 29.083 sq mi (75.324 km2)
 • Land 28.349 sq mi (73.422 km2)
 • Water 0.734 sq mi (1.902 km2)  2.52%
Elevation[7] 43 ft (13 m)
Population (April 1, 2010)[8]
 • City 102,372
 • Estimate (2014)[8] 108,930
 • Rank 3rd in Contra Costa County
60th in California
 • Density 3,500/sq mi (1,400/km2)
 • Metro 7,468,390
Time zone Pacific (UTC−8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC−7)
ZIP codes[9] 94509, 94531
Area code 925
FIPS code 06-02252
GNIS feature IDs 1657936, 2409715

Antioch (formerly, East Antioch, Smith's Landing,[10] and Marshs Landing[11]) is a city in Contra Costa County, California, United States. Located in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area along the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta, it is a suburb of San Francisco and Oakland. The city's population was 102,372 at the 2010 census[12] and estimated to be 108,930 in 2014.[8]


  • History 1
    • 1850-1999 1.1
    • 2000s 1.2
    • 2010s 1.3
    • Timeline 1.4
  • Geography 2
    • Climate 2.1
  • Open space and wildlife 3
    • Owl controversy 3.1
    • Parks and trails 3.2
  • Demographics 4
    • 2010 4.1
    • 2000 4.2
  • Economy 5
    • Top employers 5.1
  • Transportation 6
  • Arts, culture and science 7
  • Government 8
    • City Council 8.1
    • Public safety 8.2
  • Education 9
    • Public libraries 9.1
  • Media 10
  • Notable people 11
    • Sports 11.1
    • Miscellaneous 11.2
  • Casualties from wars 12
  • Fraternal orders 13
  • Sister cities 14
  • See also 15
  • References 16
  • External links 17



Antioch is one of the oldest towns in California. In 1848, John Marsh, owner of Rancho Los Meganos, one of the largest ranches in California, built a landing on the San Joaquin River in what is now Antioch. It became known as Marsh's Landing, and was the shipping point for the 17,000-acre rancho. It included a pier extending well out into the river, enabling vessels drawing 15 feet of water to tie up there at any season of the year. The landing also included a slaughterhouse, smokehouse for curing hams, rodeo grounds, and even a 1-1/2 story dwelling, embellished with a liberal amount of fretwork, that was brought around the Horn to serve as a home for the mayordomo (manager) and his wife.[13]

In 1850, two brothers, William and Joseph Smith, founded a town slightly west of Marsh's Landing, and named it Smith’s Landing. In 1851, the town's new minister persuaded the residents to change the name of the town to Antioch, for the biblical city of Antioch.[14]

Around 1859, coal was discovered in several places in the hills south of Antioch and coal mining formed the first substantial business apart from farming and dairying by the inhabitants of this community. This new industry resulted in the founding of the towns of Nortonville, Somersville, Stewartsville, and Black Diamond (now

In 1863, a great excitement arose over the discovery of copper ore near Antioch. Smelting works were built at Antioch, and a value of fifteen to twenty-five dollars per ton was paid for the ore, according to its quality. Unfortunately the copper bubble eventually burst, to the dismay of the citizens with connections. Petroleum was first drilled for near Antioch in 1865, but not enough oil was found to make a decent profit.

The Antioch Post Office was opened in 1851, closed in 1852, re-opened in 1855, closed again in 1862, and it has operated continuously since re-opening in 1863.[11] The city of Antioch was incorporated in 1872.[11]

The Antioch Ledger was first issued on March 10, 1870, and in all its forty-seven years never missed an issue. In memory of when the paper was formed, a copy of its first issue has been framed and hangs over the desk of the present editor. It is five by eight inches in size, printed on one side only, and its sole news item is a report and editorial comment on women's suffrage meeting that had just been held in the town. The Ledger later merged with the Contra Costa Times and printed its last issue in 2005.[15]

During the mid-1950s the Fibreboard Research patented a method of applying wax coatings to cardboard containers that spawned the first milk, juice and ice cream containers hence making Antioch "the home of the milk carton".[16]

Today, Antioch is mainly a "bedroom" community, with most adults working in larger cities toward Oakland and San Francisco. The town has seen an enormous amount of growth in the last 30 years, as the population of the Bay Area continues to grow, and real estate prices force families to move towards the outskirts of the Bay Area.


In late 2009, Antioch received worldwide media attention following the news of kidnap victim Jaycee Lee Dugard being discovered alive there,[17] and became the focus of several news stories regarding its 1000 registered sex offenders. The Los Angeles Times ran a story titled "Sex offenders move to Antioch area 'because they can',"[18] The Independent ran a story titled "How Jessica's Law turned Antioch into a paedophile ghetto",[19] and CNN's Anderson Cooper[20] and Larry King both did similar stories for television; the latter with commentary by TV judge Judy Sheindlin.[21] However, the Contra Costa Times and affiliated newspapers contradicted their claim: "Disturbing, if true. Only it's not, according to a Bay Area News Group analysis of sex offender addresses and census data." The report concluded that the 94509 zip code ranked only 39th in the state with 1.5 sex offenders per 1000 (k), with Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose, Bethel Island and Vallejo ZIP codes ranked in the top ten. Monte Rio ranked first with 4.5 per 1000.[22]


The city was attempting in 2012 to annex an adjacent 678-acre area of unincorporated land, which includes a GenOn Energy 760-megawatt power plant, to include the plant within city limits.[23]


  • May 31, 1926 – War memorial to servicemen lost during World War I was dedicated
  • November 1, 1928 – The El Campanil Theatre opened by Fred Stamm and Ralph Beede
  • 1990-1993 – The Antioch Airport is closed, this is now the location of Dallas Ranch Middle School.
  • 1994 – Bridgehead 1-2-3 Drive-in, located near the Antioch Bridge is closed and soon demolished.
  • 1996 – Deer Valley High School opens for high school students
  • May 7, 2005 – The Temple-Inland paper mill closed ending 166 years of papermaking in Antioch, California
  • 2012 – Rock Bottom Records closes after being open since 1979.


Antioch is located at ,[24] along the San Joaquin River at the western end of the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 29.1 square miles (75 km2), of which 28.3 square miles (73 km2) is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) (2.52%) is water.


Antioch has a mediterranean climate (Köppen climate classification Csa) that borders on a semi-arid climate (Köppen BSk) with hot, dry summers, and mild, wet winters.[25]

Climate data for Antioch, California
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 79
Average high °F (°C) 54.0
Daily mean °F (°C) 45.6
Average low °F (°C) 37.1
Record low °F (°C) 20
Average precipitation inches (mm) 2.78
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 10 9 9 5 2 1 0 0 1 2 6 9 55
Source: Western Regional Climate Center (normals and extremes 1955–present)[26]

Open space and wildlife

Owl controversy

Threatened burrowing owl, Antioch, California

In late 2008, Friends of East Bay Owls, one-way doors were installed in the birds' burrows so that the owl families could not return to their nests.[31] A 1992-93 survey reported no breeding burrowing owls in Napa, Marin, and San Francisco counties, and only a few in San Mateo and Sonoma. The Santa Clara County population is declining and restricted to a few breeding locations, leaving only Alameda, Contra Costa, and Solano counties as the remnant breeding range.[32] To assist the displaced Antioch owls in finding new homes a group of local residents and environmental group Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed constructed six artificial burrows at a designated burrowing owl habitat preserve in the hills north of Prewett Water Park.[33]

Sunset over Mt. Diablo as seen from Antioch

Parks and trails

According to the Public Works Department of Antioch, Antioch is home to 31 parks covering a total of 310 acres (130 ha) with an additional 600 acres (240 ha) of city-owned open space. It also has 11 mi (18 km) of walking paths connecting communities to parks and schools.

Within its boundaries it has Contra Loma Regional Park, the Antioch/Oakley Regional Shoreline and Black Diamond Mines Regional Park, and the Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail and Delta de Anza Regional Trail. According to the East Bay Regional Parks District, these three parks take up 6,493 acres (2,628 ha); approximately 38% of Antioch’s total land area.

Just outside Antioch’s city limit is the 2,024 acres (819 ha) Round Valley Regional Preserve.

Established in 1980, Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge was the first national wildlife refuge in the country established for the purpose of protecting endangered plants and insects, specifically the Apodemia mormo langei known by the common name Lange's metalmark butterfly, Antioch Dunes evening primrose, and Contra Costa wallflower.[34] It is located on the south shore of the San Joaquin River in Antioch. The refuge and a few acres of surrounding lands contain most of the remaining habitat for these three species and are all that remain of a nine kilometer stretch of sand dunes formed during glaciation periods.

The city has a municipal marina,[35] along with other private marinas, boatyards, and yacht clubs. There is a public fishing pier in town, and another out near the Antioch Bridge.

There is fishing in the San Joaquin River along the Antioch/Oakley Regional Shoreline, located just upstream from Highway 160's Antioch Bridge (also known as Nejedly Bridge).

In late 2011, a lawsuit was filed by several community groups against local power plants to protect the Lange's metalmark butterfly and ensure the operators went through proper permitting processes.



The 2010 United States Census[38] reported that Antioch had a population of 102,372. The population density was 3,520.0 people per square mile (1,359.1/km2). The racial makeup of Antioch was 50,083 (48.9%) White, 17,667 (17.3%) African American, 887 (0.9%) Native American, 10,709 (10.5%) Asian (5.7% Filipino, 1.4% Chinese, 0.9% Indian, 0.7% Vietnamese, 0.2% Korean, 0.2% Japanese, 0.1% Laotian, 0.1% Pakistani, 0.1% Cambodian), 817 (0.8%) Pacific Islander, 14,310 (14.0%) from other races, and 7,899 (7.7%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 32,436 persons (31.7%); 22.6% of Antioch is Mexican, 2.2% Salvadoran, 1.2% Nicaraguan, 1.2% Puerto Rican, 0.7% Peruvian, 0.4% Guatemalan, and 0.2% Cuban.

The Census reported that 101,708 people (99.4% of the population) lived in households, 404 (0.4%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 260 (0.3%) were institutionalized.

There were 32,252 households, out of which 14,664 (45.5%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 17,010 (52.7%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 5,718 (17.7%) had a female householder with no husband present, 2,295 (7.1%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 2,384 (7.4%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 306 (0.9%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 5,296 households (16.4%) were made up of individuals and 1,781 (5.5%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.15. There were 25,023 families (77.6% of all households); the average family size was 3.52.

The population was spread out with 28,807 people (28.1%) under the age of 18, 10,593 people (10.3%) aged 18 to 24, 27,459 people (26.8%) aged 25 to 44, 26,515 people (25.9%) aged 45 to 64, and 8,998 people (8.8%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33.8 years. For every 100 females there were 94.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.7 males.

There were 34,849 housing units at an average density of 1,198.3 per square mile (462.7/km2), of which 20,751 (64.3%) were owner-occupied, and 11,501 (35.7%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.7%; the rental vacancy rate was 8.2%. 64,284 people (62.8% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 37,424 people (36.6%) lived in rental housing units.

Demographic profile[39] 2010
Total Population 102,372 - 100.0%
One Race 94,473 - 92.3%
Not Hispanic or Latino 69,936 - 68.3%
White alone 36,490 - 35.6%
Black or African American alone 17,045 - 16.7%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 455 - 0.4%
Asian alone 10,322 - 10.1%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone 743 - 0.7%
Some other race alone 251 - 0.2%
Two or more races alone 4,630 - 4.5%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 32,436 - 31.7%


As of the census[40] of 2000, there were 90,532 people, 29,338 households, and 23,177 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,359.5 people per square mile (1,297.0/km2). There were 30,116 housing units at an average density of 1,117.6/sq mi (431.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 65.33% White, 22.12% Hispanic or Latino of any race, 9.75% Black or African American, 0.93% Native American, 7.40% Asian, 0.40% Pacific Islander, 9.23% from other races, and 6.97% from two or more races.

There were 29,338 households out of which 46.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.3% were married couples living together, 13.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.0% were non-families. 15.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.07 and the average family size was 3.42.

In the city the population was spread out with 32.3% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 32.4% from 25 to 44, 19.8% from 45 to 64, and 7.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 96.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $60,359, and the median income for a family was $64,723. Males had a median income of $50,152 versus $34,203 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,152. About 6.5% of families and 8.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.3% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.


Top employers

According to the City's 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[41] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Kaiser Permanente 2,070
2 Antioch Unified School District 1,786
3 Sutter Delta Medical Center 891
4 Contra Costa County Social Services 427
5 Wal-Mart 318
6 City of Antioch 308
7 Target 257
8 Antioch Auto Center 221
9 Costco 207
10 Macy's 130


Antioch's primary surface transportation link is via the freeway State Route 4, both westward a half hour's drive to Interstate 80 and the road network of the Bay Area, or alternatively eastward to connect with Interstate 5 at the Central Valley city of Stockton, California. State Route 160 leads north from Highway 4, crossing the San Joaquin River via the Antioch Bridge and through the Delta to Sacramento.

Antioch is served by both the Antioch-Pittsburg Amtrak station, and access to Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) is available at the Pittsburg/Bay Point Station in Pittsburg. Although public transportation agency Tri-Delta Transit is the predominant provider of public transportation in the Antioch area, County Connection bus #930 also serves Antioch going to John Muir Medical Center, Mitchell Park n' Ride, Railroad Castlewood, Delta Fair Sommersville and Hillcrest Park 'n Ride. This is in addition to the city's 50 cent a ride senior shuttle.[42] However, due to budget cuts in 2011 it was proposed to eliminate their $275,000 subsidy for this program.[42]

Commercial airports serving this area are:

Other nearby airports serving private aircraft are:

Arts, culture and science

Antioch currently has 4 Historic Places or Buildings on the National Register of Historical Places. The Black Diamond Mines, Roswell Butler Hard House, Riverview Union High School Building and the Shannon-Williamson Ranch.

El Campanil Theatre

El Campanil Theatre

The historic El Campanil Theatre [43] opened on November 1, 1928, in downtown Antioch. It now presents a wide variety of entertainment opportunities including classic films, live theatre, concerts, symphony, ballet, comedy and is host to numerous local dance and community-based organizations such as the Antioch Rivertown Theatre Group.

Arts and Cultural Foundation of Antioch

The Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch [9] organizes education in graphic arts, sculpture, pottery, and performance arts for various age groups. It also hosts the Saturday Summer Concert Series, Delta Blues Festival [10], Holiday De Lights along with other community events.

Antioch Historical Society Museum

Run by the Antioch Historical Society [11], the museum is located in the Riverview Union High School Building. This high school was the first high school constructed in Contra Costa County. It houses moving historical exhibits and offers tours of the grounds.

Lynn House Gallery

The Lynn House Gallery [44] houses exhibits throughout the year, with an emphasis on providing opportunities for local artists.

Rivertown Art Center

Rivertown Art Center is housed in a historic bank building built in 1923. It is administered by the Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch and was created to allow local artists additional opportunities to exhibit their art and to conduct art classes.

ESPACE Academy

The ESPACE Academy [12] is located within Deer Valley High School and includes a planetarium.


City Council

As of 2014, Antioch's City Council consists of:[45]

  • Mayor Wade Harper,
  • Mayor Pro Tempore Lori Ogorchock,
  • Mary Helen Rocha,
  • Monica E. Wilson, and
  • Tony G. Tiscareno.

The following people have been elected Mayor of Antioch since the city's incorporation:

Len Herendeen 1995–Nov 1996
Mary Helen Rocha 1996–Nov 2000
Don Freitas 2000–Nov 2008
Jim Davis 2008–Nov 2012
Wade Harper November 2012–Present

Public safety

The city is protected by Contra Costa Fire and the Antioch Police Department.


Public schools are run by the Antioch Unified School District, which consists of two high schools, four middle schools, and numerous elementary schools. The two high schools are Antioch High School and Deer Valley High School. The four middle schools are Antioch Middle School, Park Middle School, Black Diamond Middle School, and Dallas Ranch Middle School. All schools in the district follow a single track schedule, where school begins in late August or early September and concludes in June.

The private schools are primarily religious. The private high schools are: Heritage Baptist Academy (K-12), Delta Christian High School, Cornerstone Christian Academy, and Promised Land Christian High School. The private primary and middle schools are: Cornerstone Christian Academy, Holy Rosary Elementary School [13], Hilltop Christian School, Kinder Care Learning Center, Antioch Christian School, Golden Hills Christian School, and Great Beginnings Elementary School.

Antioch is also home to Western Career College, located on Lone Tree Way. Also Antioch has one school for CPR and First Aid Training, Event First Aid & Safety Services located at 201 G Street, 2nd and G streets.

Public libraries

The Antioch Library of the Contra Costa County Library is located in Antioch, across the street from Antioch Middle School.[46]


Antioch is served by the Antioch Press,[47] published by Brentwood Press & Publishing Corporation. Antioch Press is a weekly newspaper that is published every Friday. The current circulation is just over 4,000.

Notable people



Casualties from wars

According to the Military Times, Antioch lost two servicemembers during Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn.[76] Antioch lost seven servicemen during the Vietnam War.[77]

Fraternal orders

  • Antioch, Brentwood Masonic Lodge #175, Established 1865
  • Fraternal Order of Eagles, Antioch Aerie No. 785, established September 1, 1904.
  • Improved Order of Red Men, related to the Sons of Liberty, the group that participated in the Boston Tea Party.
  • Independent Order of Odd Fellows
    • Antioch Encampment No. 114, I. O. O. F., was founded on October 9, 1908
    • Mizpah Rebekah Lodge, instituted June 28, 1888. The Mizpah Lodge is one of the prominent social as well as fraternal societies of the city.
    • San Joaquin Lodge No. 151 established January 9, 1869. Located on the corner of H and Second Street, this lodge is one of the largest and most important in Contra Costa County.
  • Loyal Order of Moose, Antioch Lodge No. 1612, organized in February, 1915.
  • Native Sons of the Golden West, General Winn Parlor No. 32 established July 26, 1884. Every year since its organization it has held a grand masque ball, which has become one of the principal social events of the year. For the last eight years this parlor has given an annual amateur theatrical performance, the entire proceeds being donated to the Homeless Children Fund.
  • Young Men's Institute
  • The Portuguese groups, Portuguese Union of the State of California [14], UPPEC [15], IDES, and SPRSI.

Sister cities

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External links

  • Official website
  • Antioch Unified School District
  • John Marsh House
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