Antioch, known as the Gateway to the Delta, can be found right off Highway 4 in Contra Costa County. Its population has reached more than 100,000 individuals, so while being one of the smaller communities in the Contra Costa County, it still hosts several recreational, employment, and shopping opportunities.
Compared to other Bay Area locations, the land is both abundant and affordable. Office space and retail space could be lease from 20-30% less than various centrally situated areas of Contra Costa County.
Among Antioch's' most sought-after qualities is the reasonably priced housing found here, which is very difficult to find amongst the various Bay Area communities. Found within this area are homes varying in style from condos to family residences, priced for different income levels.
Service-oriented companies, as well as insurance institutions and contracting, have become more common as the pace of development has increased. This has created increased employment in these areas, like for example in schools, hospitals, and various service sectors.
Even if the service sectors have seen a recent increase in employment, people from the city of Antioch tend to travel to the bigger cities of Oakland and San Francisco for work. The growth that has been experienced during the past thirty years in Antioch is expected to continue because the real estate in the larger cities becomes more and more expensive. Individuals just can't afford to reside in the bigger cities and opt to move to a more inexpensive community on the outskirts of the Bay Area instead.
Boating is somewhat popular in Antioch, thus, some private yacht clubs, boatyards and marinas could be found littered through the city, along with a municipal marina. There is a public fishing pier in town and another one which is located closer towards the Antioch Bridge. Located upstream from Antioch Bridge is the San Joaquin River, which is also considered a prime fishing spot.
The main provider of public transportation in the Antioch area is Tri-Delta Transit, though the County Connection bus 930 likewise goes and connects to Railroad Castlewood, John Muir Medical Center, Mitchell Park n' Ride, Delta Fair Sommersville and Hillcrest Park 'n Ride. The two main stations that could be found in this area are the Antioch-Pittsburgh Amtrak station and Pittsburgh/Bay Point Station in Pittsburgh. Access to Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) is located at the Pittsburgh/Bay Point Station.