Oakland city, California

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Oakland city, California

Oakland city, California
Nickname(s):Oaktown, The O, The Town
- Total:390.724 (2010)
- Density:6.977,2/sq mi (2.694,6/sq km)
Area code(s):510
Time zone:PST (UTC−8)
Summer Time zone:PDT (UTC−7)
- Total:79 sq mi (203 sq km)
- Land:56 sq mi (145 sq km)
- Water:23 sq mi (58 sq km)
- % water:28,57 %

Quick information summary of the Oakland city area.

Oakland city is located in the state of California. It occupies the area of 79 square miles. 23 square miles are water areas and 56 square miles remain for land areas. Center of the Oakland city lies at +37.7698573, -122.2256401 coordinates. According to the 2010 Census, there are 390.724 living in the Oakland city. The racial makeup shows these 3 races as the most frequent : White (34.53%), Black or African American (28.02%) and Asian (16.84%). Median age is 36 for the males and 37 for the females.

Oakland is a city in the U.S. state of California and county seat of Alameda County.  It is the third-largest city in the San Francisco Bay Area and the busiest port in Northern California. In 2010, Oakland had a population of 390,724,  which made it the 47th largest city in the USA.

The city lies exactly across the bay from San Francisco. It is known as “Oaktown,” “The O” and “The Town.”

Lake Merritt in Oakland was the America’s first official wildlife refuge. The city is one of the top ones in the USA in terms of sustainability and the usage of electricity from renewable resources. On the other hand, Oakland has its problems, such as high crime rate.

Oakland is home to the MLB’s Oakland Athletics, the NFL’s Oakland Raiders and the NBA’s Golden State Warriors.

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Statistical data for the Oakland city based on the 2010 U.S. Census

Racial makeup

White alone
134,92534.53 %
Black or African American alone
109,47128.02 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
3,0400.78 %
Asian alone
65,81116.84 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
2,2220.57 %
Some Other Race alone
53,37813.66 %
Two or More races
21,8775.60 %

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Population break-up based on Counties and Subdivisions in the area

Counties Subdivisions
County (whole county) Oakland city part within the County Subdivision (whole subdivision) Oakland city part within the Subdivision
Alameda County 1.510.271- Oakland city part390.724
Oakland CCD 411.480- Oakland city part390.724

Profile of the Oakland city

History of Oakland

The first Europeans in the area of present-day Oakland came from Spain in 1772, however they did not establish any settlements. In 1820, Don Luis Maria Peralta received a land grant and gave it to his sons, who established ranches in the area. In the 1840s, travelling hunters and lodgers started building smaller settlements in Oakland area, which later became part of the city. Land speculators started selling lots in the area around 1850 and pushed for the foundation of a town that would be named Oakland after many oak trees that grew in the surrounding hills. A charter was granted in 1852 and two years later Oakland was incorporated as a city. Around that time, ferry service to San Francisco was established. This, in addition to the arrival of the railroad in 1869, when the city was selected as the western terminus of the Transcontinental Railroad, completely transformed Oakland and its economy.

Oakland was originally much smaller that it is today but grew bigger through a series of annexations. Its population grew steadily throughout the first half of the 20th century and at one point the city was a serious rival to San Francisco and its role as the leader in the Bay Area.

The city suffered greatly on two occasions in the late 20th century. In 1989, the Loma Prieta earthquake destroyed a portion of a freeway in West Oakland and killed 41 people, while in 1991 a firestorm struck the city, killing 25 people and causing over $1.5 billion in damage.

At the beginning of the new millennium, problems with crime and various school and housing issues have become more severe in Oakland. The city was also the site of the Occupy Oakland movement, starting from October 2011.

Geography and Climate

Oakland is located in Northern California, in the part of the Bay Area Region called East Bay. Located on the east side of the Bay, it lies exactly across from San Francisco, to which it is connected through the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. It occupies an area of 78 square miles, 28.4% of which is water.

Oakland has temperate and seasonal Mediterranean climate. Summers are generally warm and very dry and winters are mild and wet. The city, especially the northern sections, often experience maritime fog, typical for the San Francisco area, but it disappears soon and brings back pleasant Californian sunny weather.


The residents of Oakland often refer to different parts of the city (and its terrain) as “the flatlands” and “the hills.” Until recently, “the hills” used to contain much more affluent communities, but this has changed due to the recent gentrification processes. The city can be divided into Downtown, Lake Merritt, East Oakland, West Oakland and North Oakland.

Population of Oakland

In 2010, Oakland had 390,724 residents and the racial makeup was 27.3% Black or African American, 25.9% non-Hispanic White, 25.4% Hispanic or Latino, 16.7% Asian, 0.5% Pacific Islander, 0.3% Native American, 3.6% two or more races and 0.6% some other race.

Oakland is among the most ethnically diverse cities in the USA. It used to be the center of the African American population in Northern California, however between 2000 and 2010 it lost nearly a quarter of its African American residents.

In 2008, the median household income in Oakland was $48,596 and the per capita income was $30,094.

Oakland Economy

Oakland is one of the major West Coast ports. Marine cargo transport provides 200,000 jobs to the city. Health care, dot-com companies and home product manufacturing are also major contributors to the economy of the city. Oakland is home to several major companies, most notably Matson, Kaiser Permanente, Clorox, Dreyer’s, Cost Plus World Markets, Ask.com, Pandora Radio and others.

Top ten employers in Oakland are the Alameda County, Wells Fargo, Oakland Unified School District, City of Oakland, Cost Plus World Market, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Peralta Community College District, Safeway, IRS and Albertson’s.

Arts, Culture and Attracions

Oakland is believed to have the highest concentration of artists per capita in the USA. Musically, the city has traditionally been home to the West Coast jazz and blues scene and today it has musicians and bands of almost every genre of popular music. The city was home to many prominent musicians, from MC Hammer, Tupac Shakur, En Vogue and many more.

Major attractions in Oakland include Oakland Aviation Museum, Oakland Museum of California, Chabot Space and Science Center, Lake Merritt, Preservation Park, Peralta Hacienda Historical Park, Oakland Zoo, Children’s Fairyland, Chinatown, Dunsmuir House and Jack London Square.

The Paramount Theatre and Fox Oakland Theatre are among the city’s top performing venues.

Education in Oakland

Institutions of higher education in Oakland include Peralta Community College District with Laney College and Merritt College, California College of the Arts, Lincoln University, Patten University, Samuel Merritt College, Mills College and Holy Names University. The headquarters of the University of California system are also located in Oakland.


Residents of Oakland get to choose from three international airports in the area: Oakland International Airport, San Jose International Airport and San Francisco International Airport.

Amtrak provides passenger rail service and freight trains are operated by Union Pacific Railroad and BNSF Railway. Mass transit in the city area is operated by Bay Area Rapid Transit and there is also ferry service to San Francisco, Alameda and Angel Island.

Statistical data for the Oakland city

Data Source : US Census Bureau

Racial makeup

White alone
134,92534.53 %
Black or African American alone
109,47128.02 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
3,0400.78 %
Asian alone
65,81116.84 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
2,2220.57 %
Some Other Race alone
53,37813.66 %
Two or More races
21,8775.60 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin

Not Hispanic or Latino
291,65674.65 %
Hispanic or Latino
99,06825.35 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin by Race

Not Hispanic or Latino
291,65674.65 %
White alone
101,30834.74 %
Black or African American alone
106,63736.56 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
1,2140.42 %
Asian alone
65,12722.33 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
2,0810.71 %
Some Other Race alone
1,2130.42 %
Two or More races
14,0764.83 %
Hispanic or Latino
99,06825.35 %
White alone
33,61733.93 %
Black or African American alone
2,8342.86 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
1,8261.84 %
Asian alone
6840.69 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
1410.14 %
Some Other Race alone
52,16552.66 %
Two or More races
7,8017.87 %

Median Age by Sex

Both sexes

Household Type

Family households
83,71854.44 %
Husband-wife family
50,79760.68 %
Other family
32,92139.32 %
Male householder, no wife present
8,79926.73 %
Female householder, no husband present
24,12273.27 %
Nonfamily households
70,07345.56 %
Householder living alone
52,10374.36 %
Householder not living alone
17,97025.64 %

Geographical and Cultural Features and Landmarks in the Oakland city - including Historical Features

Distance is calculated from the Oakland city center coordinates

Distance limit:

Random list of Geographic Features located within the radius of 3 miles from the Oakland city center


  • High Street Bridge [0.36 mi] [0.57 km]


  • East Oakland Boys Club [2.91 mi] [4.69 km]
  • Oakland Fire Department Station 29 [1.71 mi] [2.75 km]
  • Saint Anthonys Hall [2.14 mi] [3.45 km]
  • Martin Luther King Junior Branch Oakland Public Library [2.01 mi] [3.24 km]
  • Alameda City Fire Department Station 1 [1.11 mi] [1.78 km]
  • Alameda Public Library [1.02 mi] [1.64 km]


  • East Creek Point [0.79 mi] [1.27 km]


  • Castlemont Bible Chapel [3.68 mi] [5.93 km]
  • East Oakland Baptist Church [1.91 mi] [3.08 km]
  • Golden Gate Primitive Baptist Church [2.97 mi] [4.78 km]
  • Saint Bernards Roman Catholic Church [1.89 mi] [3.04 km]
  • Elmhurst Methodist Church [2.89 mi] [4.65 km]
  • First Christian Reformed Church [1.03 mi] [1.66 km]
  • Saint Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church [0.93 mi] [1.5 km]
  • Alameda Baptist Chapel [0.87 mi] [1.39 km]
  • Court Street Methodist Episcopal Church [0.89 mi] [1.44 km]
  • Church of the Nazarene [2.1 mi] [3.38 km]
  • Saint Benedicts Roman Catholic Church [3.11 mi] [5.01 km]
  • Havenscourt Colonial Church [1.93 mi] [3.1 km]
  • Hillside Presbyterian Church [3.15 mi] [5.07 km]
  • Temple Israel [1.15 mi] [1.85 km]
  • Calvary Temple Assembly of God Church [1.57 mi] [2.53 km]
  • First Christian Church [0.89 mi] [1.43 km]
  • Saint Bernards Convent [1.65 mi] [2.66 km]
  • First Methodist Church [1.07 mi] [1.72 km]
  • Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses [1.59 mi] [2.57 km]
  • First Church of Christ Scientist [1.23 mi] [1.97 km]


  • City of Alameda [2.83 mi] [4.55 km]


  • Seneca 31-026 Dam [3.92 mi] [6.31 km]


  • East Creek Slough [0.82 mi] [1.32 km]


  • Alameda Hospital [1.63 mi] [2.62 km]


  • High Street Station (historical) [1.04 mi] [1.68 km]
  • Damon Station (historical) [1.61 mi] [2.6 km]
  • South Shore Shopping Center [1.66 mi] [2.67 km]
  • Versailles Station (historical) [1.03 mi] [1.65 km]
  • Park Street Station (historical) [1.13 mi] [1.82 km]


  • Eightyfifth Avenue Mini Park [2.95 mi] [4.75 km]
  • Coliseum Gardens [1.76 mi] [2.83 km]
  • Lincoln Park [0.87 mi] [1.4 km]
  • Greeman Field [1.9 mi] [3.05 km]
  • Alameda Park [1.26 mi] [2.03 km]
  • Jackson Park [1.18 mi] [1.89 km]
  • Arroyo Viejo Recreation Center [2.77 mi] [4.45 km]
  • Rittler Park [2.05 mi] [3.3 km]
  • Robert Crown Beach [2.64 mi] [4.25 km]
  • Park Street Historic Commerical District [1.05 mi] [1.69 km]
  • Rainbow Recreation Center [1.46 mi] [2.35 km]

Populated Place

  • South Shore [1.89 mi] [3.04 km]
  • Lockwood Gardens [1.68 mi] [2.71 km]
  • Alameda [0.93 mi] [1.5 km]
  • Fernside [0.37 mi] [0.59 km]
  • Havenscourt [2.12 mi] [3.41 km]

Post Office

  • Eastmont Station Oakland Post Office [3.27 mi] [5.26 km]
  • Alameda Post Office [0.97 mi] [1.57 km]


  • Seneca Reservoir [3.93 mi] [6.32 km]


  • Encompass Academy [2.4 mi] [3.87 km]
  • Bishop O'Dowd High School [4.01 mi] [6.45 km]
  • Otis Elementary School [1.3 mi] [2.09 km]
  • Saint Philip Neri School [0.97 mi] [1.56 km]
  • Leadership Public Schools College Park School [3.53 mi] [5.68 km]
  • Leadership Public Schools Oakland [3.5 mi] [5.63 km]
  • Castlemont Leadership Preparatory High School [3.51 mi] [5.64 km]
  • Acts Christian Academy [1.78 mi] [2.86 km]
  • Rising Star Montessori School [0.83 mi] [1.34 km]
  • Holy Redeemer College [3.86 mi] [6.21 km]
  • Lincoln School [0.87 mi] [1.4 km]
  • Rudsdale Continuation School [2.05 mi] [3.29 km]
  • East Oakland School of the Arts [3.5 mi] [5.63 km]
  • Castlemont Community of Small Schools [3.49 mi] [5.62 km]
  • Hillside Academy [3.28 mi] [5.28 km]
  • Webster Academy [2.87 mi] [4.62 km]
  • East Oakland Pride Elementary School at Webster [2.87 mi] [4.62 km]
  • Doctor Herbert Guice Christian Academy [2.05 mi] [3.3 km]
  • Castlemont Business and Information Technology School [3.46 mi] [5.57 km]
  • Community United Elementary School at Lockwood [1.98 mi] [3.19 km]
  • Futures Elementary School at Lockwood [1.97 mi] [3.17 km]
  • E C Reems Academy of Technology and Art [3.43 mi] [5.52 km]
  • Coliseum College Preparatory Academy at Havenscourt [1.88 mi] [3.03 km]
  • Lockwood Elementary School [1.94 mi] [3.13 km]
  • Will C Wood Middle School [2.1 mi] [3.38 km]
  • Hope Academy [3.43 mi] [5.52 km]
  • Hope Preparatory School [3.43 mi] [5.52 km]
  • Lockwood School [1.96 mi] [3.15 km]
  • East Side Center for Redirection [1.94 mi] [3.12 km]
  • Saint Benedict School (historical) [3.07 mi] [4.94 km]
  • Millsmont Academy - Secondary [3.06 mi] [4.93 km]
  • Roots International Academy at Havenscourt [1.84 mi] [2.96 km]
  • Donald Lum Elementary School [1.96 mi] [3.16 km]
  • Child Unique Montessori School [1.27 mi] [2.04 km]
  • Porter School [1.19 mi] [1.92 km]
  • Alameda High School [1.24 mi] [2 km]
  • Saint Bernard School [1.67 mi] [2.68 km]
  • Whittier Elementary School [1.73 mi] [2.78 km]
  • Edison Elementary School [0.62 mi] [1 km]
  • Greenleaf Elementary School at Whittier [1.72 mi] [2.76 km]
  • Parker Elementary School [3.29 mi] [5.3 km]
  • Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School [1.65 mi] [2.66 km]
  • Markham Elementary School [2.57 mi] [4.14 km]


  • Arroyo Viejo [2.43 mi] [3.9 km]

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OaklandKaiser Services94666
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OaklandPhilatelic Center94612
OaklandPiedmont94618, 94602, 94610, 94611
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OaklandSafeway Stores94660

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