Bay Point, California

Bay Point, California

Infobox Settlement
official_name = Bay Point, California
settlement_type = CDP

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map_caption = Location in Contra Costa County and the state of California

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subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name = United States
subdivision_name1 = California
subdivision_name2 = Contra Costa
government_type =
leader_title = N/A
leader_name =
leader_title1 = Senate
leader_name1 = Tom Torlakson (D)
leader_title2 = Assembly
leader_name2 = Mark DeSaulnier (D)
leader_title3 = U. S. Congress
leader_name3 = George Miller (D)
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area_total_km2 = 24.1
area_total_sq_mi = 9.3
area_land_km2 = 24.1
area_land_sq_mi = 9.3
area_water_km2 = 0
area_water_sq_mi = 0
elevation_ft = 89
elevation_m = 27
population_as_of = 2000
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population_total = 21534
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population_density_km2 = 893.5
population_density_sq_mi = 2315.5
timezone = PST
utc_offset = -8
latd = 38 |latm = 1 |lats = 40 |latNS = N
longd = 121 |longm = 57 |longs = 22 |longEW = W
timezone_DST = PDT
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postal_code_type = ZIP code
postal_code = 94565
area_code = 925
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Bay Point, formerly West Pittsburg, is a suburb and census-designated place located in eastern Contra Costa County, California, just west of the city of Pittsburg and northeast over a low range of hills from Concord. The population was 21,534 at the 2000 census.

The Pittsburg-Bay Point terminal of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) rail system is located in Bay Point.

The town is traversed by a freeway, State Route 4.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 9.3 square miles (24.1 km²), all of it land.

Bay Point borders the Suisun Bay.


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 21,534 people, 6,525 households, and 4,919 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,318.2 people per square mile (895.0/km²). There were 6,716 housing units at an average density of 723.0/sq mi (279.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 46.25% White, 12.71% Black or African American, 1.05% Native American, 11.15% Asian, 0.85% Pacific Islander, 20.18% from other races, and 7.82% from two or more races. 38.64% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,525 households out of which 45.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.2% were married couples living together, 17.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.6% were non-families. 18.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.27 and the average family size was 3.70.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 33.2% under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 33.0% from 25 to 44, 17.2% from 45 to 64, and 6.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females there were 100.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.6 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $44,951, and the median income for a family was $47,844. Males had a median income of $39,112 versus $30,617 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $16,743. About 14.9% of families and 17.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.1% of those under age 18 and 16.1% of those age 65 or over.


Bay Point was previously known by several names including Bella Vista and West Pittsburg. In 1993 a vote was held by the League of Women Voters in response to the bad reputation the area had gained, including a front page article in which a Sheriff's Deputy decried West Pittsburg as a cesspool. Those over the age of 18 were allowed to vote on renaming the area Bay Point.

Hard feelings about the name change were evident and vandalism did occur, mainly on the sign welcoming you to town, in which the words Bay Point were crossed out. The sign now proclaims "Welcome to our Community" and in recent years (as more people have moved into town and harsh feelings have died down) Bay Point was added to the bottom part of the sign.

Bay Point Municipal Advisory Council (MAC)

Members of the MAC were originally appointed by the Supervisor for the area, District 5. In the mid 1990's these turned into elected positions and now have reverted back into appointments.

Bay Point Today

The city of Pittsburg has recently made inroads into trying to annex Bay Point. A series of community meetings to discuss this issue were held at which residents were against annexation, Pittsburg has dropped the issue.

Ambrose Park, given to the residents of West Pittsburg by the Enes family, was recently annexed into Pittsburg by LAFCO. Several long time residents of Bay Point, including members of the Enes family, spoke against annexation. LAFCO did not agree and all members voted yes for annexation.

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