Bay Point, California
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|— CDP —|
|Contra Costa County and the state of California|
|• State Senator||Mark DeSaulnier (D)|
|• State Assembly||Susan Bonilla (D)|
|• U. S. Congress||George Miller (D)|
|• Total||7.371 sq mi (18.091 km2)|
|• Land||6.554 sq mi (16.975 km2)|
|• Water||0.817 sq mi (2.116 km2) 11.7%|
|Elevation||89 ft (27 m)|
|• Density||3,257.4/sq mi (1,257.7/km2)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC-7)|
|GNIS feature IDs||1853376, 2407808|
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 21,349 at the 2010 census, down from 21,534 reported at the 2000 census. It is the most populous CDP in Contra Costa County.
Being unincorporated, Bay Point does not have its own police department. The community is policed by the California Highway Patrol and the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 7.4 square miles (19 km2), 88.3% land and 11.7% water.
Bay Point borders the Suisun Bay.
The 2010 United States Census reported that 21,349 people, 6,224 households, and 4,853 families resided in the CDP. The population density was 3,257.4 people per square mile (1,257.7/km²). There were 6,762 housing units at an average density of 917.4 per square mile (354.2/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 41.4% White (20.5% non-Hispanic), 11.6% African American (10.9% non-Hispanic), 1.1% Native American, 9.9% Asian, 0.7% Pacific Islander, 28.8% from other races, and 6.5% from two or more races. 54.9% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.
The Census reported that 99.5% of the population lived in households, 0.1% lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0.4% were institutionalized.
There were 6,224 households out of which 50.6% had children under the age of 18 living in them, 49.0% were opposite-sex married couples living together, 20.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 8.8% had a male householder with no wife present. 8.0% of households were unmarried opposite-sex partnerships and 0.6% were same-sex married couples or partnerships. 16.4% of households were made up of individuals and 4.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.41 and the average family size was 3.77.
The population was spread out with 30.5% under the age of 18, 11.0% aged 18 to 24, 30.2% aged 25 to 44, 21.9% aged 45 to 64, and 6.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30.1 years. For every 100 females there were 99.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.3 males.
There were 6,762 housing units of which 56.3% were owner-occupied and 43.7% were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 3.0%; the rental vacancy rate was 7.6%. 52.5% of the population lived in owner-occupied housing units and 47.1% lived in rental housing units.
As of the census 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 per square mile (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, until 1993, West Pittsburg. An election was held in 1993 to vote on renaming the community Bay Point, reviving a historical name used in this area. "West Pittsburg," the former name, was sometimes confused with the western section of Pittsburg, an incorporated city. Bay Point is unincorporated.
Bay Point Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) 
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Members of the MAC were originally appointed by the Supervisor for the area, District 5. In the mid 1990s these turned into elected positions, and now have reverted back into appointments.
Bay Point today 
The city of Pittsburg recently made overtures in attempting to annex Bay Point. After series of a community meetings were held during which residents voiced their opposition, Pittsburg has since dropped the issue.
Ambrose Park, given to the residents of West Pittsburg by the Enes family, was annexed by Pittsburg in August 2010.
The Bay Point Library of the Contra Costa County Library is located in Bay Point. Bay Point has many public schools such as Riverview Middle School, Rio Vista Elementary School, Shore Acres Elementary School and Bel Air Elementary School.
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- U.S. Census
- All data are derived from the United States Census Bureau reports from the 2010 United States Census, and are accessible on-line here. The data on unmarried partnerships and same-sex married couples are from the Census report DEC_10_SF1_PCT15. All other housing and population data are from Census report DEC_10_DP_DPDP1. Both reports are viewable online or downloadable in a zip file containing a comma-delimited data file. The area data, from which densities are calculated, are available on-line here. Percentage totals may not add to 100% due to rounding. The Census Bureau defines families as a household containing one or more people related to the householder by birth, opposite-sex marriage, or adoption. People living in group quarters are tabulated by the Census Bureau as neither owners nor renters. For further details, see the text files accompanying the data files containing the Census reports mentioned above.
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- "Bay Point Library." Contra Costa County Library. Retrieved on April 1, 2010.
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- Ambrose Park & Recreation District website
- Riverview Middle School website
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Bay Point, California