The downtown is centered around the intersection of Oak Street and First Street, just off Highway 4 (Brentwood Blvd). It is the site of offices, restaurants, a movie theatre and small stores. City Park, City Hall, Brentwood Library and the U. S. Post Office are located along Oak Street.
Over the past several years a great deal of what could be described as "big-box" retail has been introduced in the area of the Brentwood/Antioch border on Lone Tree Way, about 3.5 miles from downtown Brentwood. This includes major tenants such as Kohl's, Trader Joe's, Home Depot, Lowes, Mervyns, Target, Sports Chalet and Barnes & Noble.
Although growth rate of single family residential units has been explosive in the last eight years, Brentwood is still known throughout the Bay Area for its agriculture, primarily its cherries, corn and peaches. Outside of these areas, Brentwood is exclusively residential except for a number of golf courses.
Brentwood is located at GR1.(37.935311, -121.709536)
Brentwood's education is like most others, and has about 7 elementary, middle, and high schools including a Christian school located at Golden Hills Church.*Gateway Christian School. The city is served by the Brentwood Union School District, Knightsen School District and the Liberty Union High School District. Pacific Western University, an unaccredited distance learning institution, was located in Brentwood from 1977 to 1997.
Los Medanos College operates a satellite facility on Sand Creek Road and Brentwood Blvd. (Highway 4).
As of the census GR2 of 2000, there were 40,007 people, 12,723 households, and 10,302 families residing in the town. The population density was 188.3/km? (487.5/mi?). There were 1,772 housing units at an average density of 74.8/km? (193.6/mi?). The racial makeup of the town was 75.38% White, 9.40% African American, 0.75% Native American, 6.99% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 5.96% from other races, and 1.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.34% of the population. There were 23,700 households out of which 45.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.2% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.4% were non-families. 19.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 2.93. In the town the population was spread out with 22.9% under the age of 18, 3.2% from 18 to 24, 19.4% from 25 to 44, 33.4% from 45 to 64, and 21.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females there were 96.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.7 males. The median income for a household in the town was $84,722, and the median income for a family was $71,893. Males had a median income of $58,059 versus $39,585 for females. The per capita income for the town was $33,621. About 5.4% of families and 9.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.3% of those under age 18 and 3.5% of those age 65 or over.
Public transportation is very limited, so the principal roads leading into the city are very congested with commuter traffic. No freeways serve Brentwood directly. Local bus service is provided by Tri Delta Transit company. This company also operates express bus service to BART stations in Dublin and Bay Point Monday through Friday, twice a day.
There is no passenger rail service to Brentwood.
Commercial airports serving this area are:
Other nearby airports serving private aircraft are: