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Oakland is a city in Alameda County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named for the evergreen oaks growing in the area.

The latitude of Oakland is 37.804N. The longitude is -122.269W.

It is in the Pacific Standard time zone. Elevation is 43 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 398,844.


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Median household income
Local
$40,055
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Oakland demographic reports
Oakland is on San Francisco Bay.
After the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, 50,000 refugees moved here.

Shipbuilding center during World War I.

The city struggled with crime, failing schools and other urban ills, but has rebounded in recent years with economic growth and downtown redevelopment.

Public transportation: Alameda-Contra Costa Transit, BART (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 5,613. The number of murders and homicides was 109. The violent crime rate was 13.8 per 1,000 people.
Oakland received national attention for a 1989 earthquake, which collapsed portions of the double-decked Nimitz Freeway (Interstate 880), killing 42 people.
Filming location for:
· 1986 movie, "Howard the Duck"
· 1988 movie, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit"
· 1993 movie, "Made in America"
· 2006 movie, "The Pursuit of Happyness"
Well-known residents have included:
· M.C. Hammer, rapper
· Jack London, author
· Mark Hamill, actor
· Amy Tan, author
· Tom Hanks, actor
Local bands (past and present) have included Tower of Power, Pointer Sisters, Too $hort
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Peet's Coffee & Tea, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • TET Festival - Feb. 11, 2007
  • Art & Soul Festival - Sept. 1-3, 2007
Dates often change. Check Oakland web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Oakland Ballet Company, Oakland East Bay Symphony
Nearby parks & recreation: Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach, Lake Merritt, Anthony Chabot Regional Park, Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve, Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline, Redwood Regional Park, Robert Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve
Oakland attractions: Oakland Zoo, Children's Fairyland
Sports teams: Athletics (AL), Raiders (NFL), Golden State Warriors (NBA)
Historic sites and museums: Oakland Museum of California, Camron-Stanford House, Chabot Space & Science Center, African-American Museum, Museum of Children's Art, Western Aerospace Museum
Colleges and universities: Holy Names University, Mills College, Laney College, Merritt College, Patten College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 312
Quotes:
There is no there, there.
-- Gertrude Stein, Oakland native

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Neighborhoods in Oakland include Chinatown, Dimond, East Oakland, Fruitvale, Glenview, Millsmont, North Hills Phoenix, Northlake, Piedmont Pines, Redwood Heights ... More neighborhood info

Neighborhoods in Oakland include Chinatown, Dimond, East Oakland, Fruitvale, Glenview, Millsmont, North Hills Phoenix, Northlake, Piedmont Pines, Redwood Heights ... More neighborhood info

Census & demographics

Sections below provide additional information and links about Oakland demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Alameda County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Oakland area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 94606 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

5% of Oakland residents report German ancestry, and 4% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Oakland ancestry & family history guide.

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Economy

At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Oakland was $21,936, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

31% of Oakland residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.

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History

Historic districts in Oakland include Oakland Waterfront Warehouse District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Oakland, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $631.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,504.


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Libraries in Oakland include Asian Branch Library, Brookfield Village Library, California Genealogical Society, Cesar E. Chavez Branch Library, Dimond Branch Library, Eastmont Branch Library, Elmhurst Branch Library, Golden Gate Branch Library, Lakeview Branch Library, Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Library ... View libraries

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Media outlets

Newspapers in Oakland include Oakland Tribune

TV stations in Oakland include KTVU.

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Politics

Alameda County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Oakland political report.

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Restaurants

Oakland restaurants taking online reservations include A Cote, B Restaurant, Citron, Garibaldi's on College, Il Porcellino, Jack's Bistro, Kincaid's Bayhouse - Oakland, Mezze, Montclair Bistro, Oliveto Cafe & Restaurant ... View restaurants

Traffic

The average commute time for Oakland workers is 31 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 119 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Oakland between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 3.0 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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