Opportunity

  •  invests
  •  meets
  •  excels
  •  hires
  •  builds
  •  leads
  •  sells
  •  plans
  •  BARTs
  •  invests

here

Opportunity

  •  invests
  •  meets
  •  excels
  •  hires
  •  builds
  •  leads
  •  sells
  •  plans
  •  BARTs
  •  invests

here

In cities across the Bay Area, high rents and limited space slam the door on economic opportunities for businesses of all types and sizes. Not here.

In Antioch, opportunity is everywhere. It’s affordable building sites, responsible construction crews, and a talented workforce. It’s our own BART station and our passionate community. And it’s our history of second chances that’s made this chance possible: your opportunity to build the business you imagine.

They say, “Opportunity knocks.” But in Antioch it doesn’t have to—it already lives here.

white_play_button

Your dream commute has arrived.

If you’ll be commuting from outside Antioch, your workday is about to get a lot more pleasant.
[ Watch your reverse commute in action. ]

white_play_button

Your dream commute has arrived.

If you’ll be commuting from outside Antioch, your workday is about to get a lot more pleasant.
[ Watch your reverse commute in action. ]

Get moving

Search talent, find building sites and compare Antioch
to other cities (hint: we win).

Sites and Buildings
Demographics
Businesses
Mapping
Compare Communities
Talent Pool

Get moving

Search talent, find building sites and compare Antioch
to other cities (hint: we win).

Sites and Buildings
Demographics
Businesses
Mapping
Compare Communities
Talent Pool

GetMeeting

Get meeting

Whether you work here, live here or both, our
community is passionate and involved. May we
introduce your future neighbors:

New Business Spotlight: Smith’s Landing Seafood Grill
State of the City
Networking Events
Host Your Next Meeting in Antioch


Get marketing

Spread the word about your business by advertising with our local media.

110 Degree Magazine
Antioch Herald
Bay Area News Group
East County Today
The Grapevine
The Press

BOGetMarketingImg
BOGetMarketingImg

Get marketing

Spread the word about your business by advertising with our local media.

110 Degree Magazine
Antioch Herald
Bay Area News Group
East County Today
The Grapevine
The Press

The Bay Area’s best-kept secret.

Antioch has flown under the radar for years, which is how we’ve kept real estate prices low and quality of life high. But the secret is out, so get here soon!

[ Click here to see us on the map ]

  • 1799
  • 1837
  • 1848
  • 1848
  • 1849
  • 1850
  • 1850
  • 1851
  • 1851
  • 1850s–60s
  • 1859
  • 1863
  • 1864
  • 1860s
  • 1870
  • 1872
  • 1876
  • 1889
  • 1920s
  • 1928
  • 1973
  • 1980
  • 2006
  • 2018
  • 2019
  • John Marsh is born in Massachusetts

    After studying medicine at Harvard, John Marsh migrates to Southern California, where he becomes the first Californian to practice western medicine. Once he accumulates enough wealth (by accepting cattle for services rendered, creating one of early California’s largest herds), he heads north, the first white settler in what’s now Contra Costa County.

  • John Marsh purchases Rancho Los Meganos

    The 13,316-acre Mexican land grant includes present-day Oakley, Knightsen and Brentwood. John Marsh eventually marries Abbie Tuck and builds the Stone House, which still stands today.

  • John Marsh builds Marsh’s Landing and meets the Smith brothers

    John Marsh sells a land grant to the Smith brothers in what’s now Antioch. The brothers aren’t interested in repaying their debt to Marsh, but they are interested in settling the freshly minted “Smith’s Landing.”

  • Gold is discovered in California

    The opportunity to get rich quick attracts worldwide attention, bringing 300,000 people to the territory, reinvigorating the economy, and launching California into statehood.

  • Captain George Kimball heads for California

    Meanwhile, in Maine, ship captain George Kimball and his crew set out for California, seeking a land “…where summer reigns perpetually; while the fertile soil is yielding its increase abundantly, fruits growing spontaneously, fishes sporting most plentifully, and where wild game is most prolific, on the shores of the Pacific.”

  • Captain Kimball and company arrive in California

    Reverend Smith (one of the Smith brothers) invites the mariners to Antioch, where Kimball builds homes, a schoolhouse, wharves and other trappings of settled life. The Reverend leaves, making Mr. Kimball “… the first permanent settler… the first postmaster, the first notary public, the first justice of the peace, and the first school trustee in Antioch.”

  • California becomes a state

    On September 9th, California becomes the 31st state in the union.

  • Smith’s Landing is renamed Antioch

    At a town picnic on the 4th of July, conversation turns to naming the new settlement. After several ideas are proposed and dismissed (“Minton,” “Paradise”), the town is officially christened Antioch after a city in the Bible.

  • The Antioch Post Office opens

    It subsequently closes, re-opens, closes and re-opens again.

  • 1850s–60s: Entrepreneurs discover Antioch

    • J.C. McMaster builds a brick kiln by the river.
    • Mr. Nicholson uses local clay to make porcelain in his pottery plant.
    • George Russell, William Knight and George Gruenwald build a distillery that eventually produces 2,400 gallons of spirits a day.
    • John Gagen builds the area’s first soda water plant (to mix with the booze?).

  • Coal is discovered south of Antioch

    Coal mining becomes the town’s first non-farming business, spawning several surrounding towns and an economic boom. The area goes from rural to industrial.

  • The Antioch Lumber Company launches the local lumber industry

    The company eventually becomes Antioch’s longest-running business.

  • Antioch becomes the Asparagus Capital of the World

    Cheap water transportation made Antioch the ideal spot for canneries, providing work opportunities for local women. Today their contributions are immortalized in The Cannery Lady, a historical marker on West First Street.

  • The Antioch Ledger is first published

    The (only) news story of the day? A report on a local women’s suffrage meeting. However, the paper never missed an issue in 47 years. Image courtesy of the Illustrations of Contra Costa County with Historical Sketch (1879) reproduced by Valley Publishers, Fresno.

  • The Empire Railroad is built

    Tracks connect Antioch with the coal mines via what’s now F (formerly Kimball) Street.

  • The Antioch Paper Mill is established

    M.D. Keeney notices that Antioch is ideally located for a paper mill and starts building. His mill’s original capacity was for three to five tons. Eventually, it would churn out 90 tons of product.

  • Sand mining reigns

    Underground sand mines provide the materials used by other local companies to make glass. Before the mines close in 1949, more than 1.8 millions tons of sand are mined. Today tours take visitors past mine workings, ore chutes, the shifter’s office and more.

  • The historic El Campanil Theatre opens

    Today’s incarnation offers classic films, live theater, music and dance, and is home to various local performance groups.

  • The East Bay Regional Park District acquires the Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve

    he Preserve, formerly known as Mount Diablo Coalfield, contains relics of old mining towns, coal mines and a cemetery. The park offers views of the area as far as the Sierra Nevada, wildflower photo ops, a variety of wildlife including endangered and threatened species, 60 miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding, and even, some say, a ghost (maybe John Marsh’s?).

  • The Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge is established

    The refuge is the first national wildlife refuge in the country to protect endangered plants and insects, including the beautiful Lange’s metalmark butterfly.

  • The Antioch Sports Legends program begins inducting athletes

    Local athletes out of Antioch High and Dear Valley High play on a national stage. From Frank Beede (Seattle Seahawks) to Ron Pritchard (wrestler) to Larry Silveira (golfer), the Sports Legends program has plenty of stars to choose from.

  • Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) opens an Antioch station

    BART connects the Bay Area to all the opportunity Antioch offers.

  • The Bay Area discovers that opportunity lives here

    Antioch has always been full of opportunity, and now the rest of the Bay Area is catching on. Affordable homes and office buildings, a tight-knit community, rolling hills, sparkling water, an historic downtown—it all lives (works, plays, grows, creates, thrives) in Antioch.