moragaMoraga is a town in Contra Costa County, California. Moraga is neighbors with Lafayette and Orinda to the south and Oakland to the east. Moraga is near Walnut Creek and is part of San Francisco East Bay Area. Moraga was named after Joaquin Moraga a member of the famous Californio family. Joaquin Moraga’s father was the builder of San Francisco’s Presidio. As of 2020 Moraga had a population of about 17,000 people. St Mary’s College of California moved to Moraga in 1928 and is now part of this quaint town.

Moraga is part of a 1835 Mexican Land Grant that was given to Joaquin Moraga and his cousin. Moraga Adobe has been saved and is in neighboring Orinda. In early 20th century the Sacramento Northern Railroad ran through Moraga. Those tracks are now a fun hiking and biking trail called Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail. Moraga was incorporated in 1974 by uniting Rheem, Rheem Valley and the Town of Moraga together. The town has a total area of about 10 square miles. Moraga is in a valley, surrounded by hills.

Moraga has a Mediterranean climate, with cool, often wet winters and warm, dry summers. In the summer, Moraga often has morning fog burns off by early afternoon. During the year, Moraga has two dozen days over 90 F and about 40 nights below freezing. It rains about 60 days each year.

Moraga has a population of about 16,000. As of 2010, the racial makeup of Moraga was 76% White, 15% Asian and 7% Hispanic. The balance is made up of other races. The population has about 22% under the age of 18, 15% aged 18 to 24, 14% aged 25 to 44, 31% aged 45 to 64, and 19%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45.0 years.

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