According to a recent independent study, Concord ranks as one of the best communities in the entire nation for raising children. This harmonious and well-planned community blends quiet neighborhoods with an excellent park, system, convenient shopping centers, a modern highrise business center, expansive preserves of scenic open space, and an exciting downtown business core radiating from the historic Todos Santos Plaza. Rapidly transforming into one of the Bay Area's leading commercial/business centers, Concord is home to an impressive list of major employers including Chevron, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Systron Donner, and the Naval Weapons Station Concord. Interstate and highway routes combine with rapid rail transit for efficient transportation, allowing Concord residents to enjoy a wide selection of scenic attractions throughout Northern California. Area youth receive a quality education through the Mt. Diablo Unified district, renowned for its special programs and adult education. Concord is also home to the 200-acre Contra Costa Campus of California State University-Hayward and an extension of Chapman University. Home of the Concord Pavilion, one of the region's premier entertainment venues, the city offers highly developed recreational facilities including a regional water park, wonderful festivals, swimming pools, golf courses, tennis courts, athletic fields, hiking and equestrian trails, tot lots, picnic areas, and green space.