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Overview

Introduction to Oakland, California

Oakland, located in west central California across the bay from San Francisco, is the state's eighth-largest city. Originally settled in 1820 and named after the huge oak trees found in the area, Oakland grew dramatically during the gold rush of 1849 and was incorporated as a city in 1854. About 50,000 refugees fled to Oakland after the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, many settling there permanently. The opening of the (San Francisco-to-Oakland) Bay Bridge in 1936 helped the city's growth; during World War I, Oakland was a major shipbuilding center, attracting a huge blue-collar work force.

Today, Oakland is a major center of commerce and industry, home to Fortune 500 companies such as Clorox and Golden West Financial, and around 400,000 people in just 56 square miles of land. Along with San Francisco, San Jose and several smaller communities, Oakland is part of the Bay Area known for its thriving economy and world-class cultural attractions.

Oakland Culture

The Oakland Museum offers art, natural sciences and California history under one roof, along with scenic gardens and ponds. The city is also home to the Ebony Museum of Art (for African American works), the Pardee Home Museum (historic architecture) and the Chabot Space and Science Center. A more sophisticated scene in San Francisco, with its plethora of art and music venues, is just 10 miles away. Wine lovers flock to Sonoma and Napa to the north.

Oakland Sports and Leisure

Oaklanders are passionate about their sports, supporting three major league teams. Just south of the downtown area, Network Associates Coliseum hosts major league baseball's Oakland Athletics and the NFL's Oakland Raiders. Next door, the recently renovated Arena in Oakland is home to the NBA's Golden State Warriors. For big-time college football, the University of California at Berkeley is just 5 miles to the north.

Oakland Outdoors

Plenty of outdoor diversions are available in and around Oakland. Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach, right on Oakland's side of San Francisco Bay, is a convenient and popular area for swimming, picnicking and sporting activities. Oakland's Lake Merritt, America's largest urban saltwater lake, is a great spot for boating, jogging and bird watching (it's also the oldest bird refuge in the country). Briones Regional Park, about 12 miles northwest of downtown Oakland, has more than 5,000 acres of wilderness, wildlife and trails for hikers, runners, and horseback riders. For a winter getaway, skiing and snow sports are available within a 2-hour drive at a Lake Tahoe and other Sierra Nevada Mountain resorts.

Oakland at Night

Oakland has an exciting nightlife, with many entertainment options in Jack London Square along the waterfront. Plenty of restaurants, bars and clubs are available within the downtown area and along San Pablo Avenue in neighboring Berkeley and Albany to the north. And there's always San Francisco just across the Bay.

People

Total Population 402,339
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 11.7%
Employed Population 16+ 191,072
Age of the Population 36

Families

% of people married 37%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 38.6%
Median Earnings25+ $36,734
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,623
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,926

Wealth

Median Family Income $60,472
% Above Poverty Level 79%
% Below Poverty Level 21%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 6.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7.2%
% Using Public Transportation 19.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 35.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,114
Median House Value $435,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 69.2%
US/American 0.2%
English 4.1%
Irish 4.9%

Oakland Almanac

Category Value
County Alameda
Standard Zip Codes 94601, 94602, 94603, 94605, 94606, 94607, 94608, 94609, 94610, 94611, 94612, 94615, 94617, 94618, 94619, 94621
P.O. Box Zip Codes 94604, 94613, 94614, 94620, 94623, 94624, 94661, 94662
Company Zip Codes 94622, 94625, 94627, 94643, 94649, 94659, 94660, 94666
Phone Area Codes 510
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.804
Longitude -122.269

Oakland Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station OAKLAND MUSEUM
Distance 0.3 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 57 F
Apr Temp 51 to 66 F
Jul Temp 57 to 73 F
Oct Temp 55 to 72 F
Annual Precip 22.9 inches
Station UPPER SAN LEANDRO FLTR
Distance 6.2 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 58 F
Apr Temp 46 to 67 F
Jul Temp 54 to 75 F
Oct Temp 52 to 73 F
Annual Precip 26.3 inches
Station RICHMOND
Distance 14 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 57 F
Apr Temp 48 to 66 F
Jul Temp 55 to 71 F
Oct Temp 53 to 72 F
Annual Precip 23.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Oakland, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Philatelic Center (94612)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Alameda 75,763 $93,427
Albany 19,020 $91,967
Berkeley 115,688 $114,720
Emeryville 10,497 $84,688
Orinda 18,390 $213,021
Piedmont 10,957 $247,171

Oakland Public Libraries

Library
Oakland Public Library
125 14TH ST.
Oakland, California
(510) 238-3281
Library Web Site

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Oakland Hospitals

ALAMEDA COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - Local)
1411 E 31ST ST
(415) 534-8055
Emergency Service: Yes

ALTA BATES SUMMIT MEDICAL CENTER--SUMMIT CAMPUS
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
350 HAWTHORNE AVENUE
(510) 655-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

KAISER FOUNDATION HOSPITAL OAKLAND/RICHMOND
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
280 W MAC ARTHUR BLVD
(510) 752-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Oakland High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

SKYLINE HIGH
12250 SKYLINE BLVD.
510-879-3060
Serves 2,092 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.8

OAKLAND SENIOR HIGH
1023 MACARTHUR BLVD.
510-879-3040
A Title I School.
Serves 2,079 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.8

OAKLAND TECHNICAL SENIOR HIGH
4351 BROADWAY
510-879-3050
Serves 1,676 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.9

LEADERSHIP PREPARATORY HIGH SCHOOL
8601 MACARTHUR BLVD.
510-879-3010
A Title I School.
Serves 1,652 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.7

MCCLYMONDS SENIOR HIGH
2607 MYRTLE ST.
510-879-3030
A Title I School.
Serves 745 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.7

PAUL ROBESON COLLEGE PREP. SCHOOL OF VISUAL & PERF
4610 FOOTHILL BOULEVARD
510-879-1237
Serves 422 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 32.5

COLLEGE PREPARATORY & ARCHITECTURE ACADEMY
4610 FOOTHILL BOULEVARD
510-879-1131
Serves 421 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 27

MEDIA COLLEGE PREPARATORY SCHOOL
4610 FOOTHILL BOULEVARD
510-879-1597
Serves 418 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 46.4

LANEY MIDDLE (OPPORTUNITY)
900 FALLON ST.
510-464-3261
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 417 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 59.6

LIONEL WILSON COLLEGE PREPARATORY ACADEMY
400 105TH AVENUE
510-635-7737
A Charter School.
Serves 399 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 33.8

OAKLAND MILITARY INSTITUTE COLLEGE PREPARATORY AC
2405 WEST 14TH STREET BLDG 79
510-267-3939
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 342 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.4

FREMONT SENIOR HIGH
900 HIGH ST.
510-879-3020
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 301 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 100.3

DEWEY/BAYMART SENIOR HIGH (CONT.)
1111 2ND AVE
510-879-3100
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 278 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 34.8

UNIVERSITY PREPARATORY CHARTER ACADEMY
3030 75TH AVENUE
510-569-7880
A Charter School.
Serves 270 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.5

LIFE ACADEMY
2111 INTERNATIONAL BLVD.
510-879-4110
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 249 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.1

MANDELA HIGH SCHOOL
4610 FOOTHILL BOULEVARD
510-879-1141
Serves 246 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.4

FAR WEST (CONT.)
5263 BROADWAY TERRACE
510-879-1580
A Non-traditional School
Serves 212 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.2

EAST BAY CONSERVATION CORPS CHARTER
1021 THIRD ST.
510-992-7800
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 187 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.3

LIGHTHOUSE COMMUNITY CHARTER SCHOOL
1920 TELEGRAPH AVENUE
510-271-8801
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 184 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 40.9

OAKLAND SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS
1428 ALICE ST. SUITE 100M
510-873-8800
A Charter School.
Serves 176 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 29.3

STREET ACADEMY (ALTER)
417 29TH ST.
510-879-3130
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 163 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.3

MERRITT MIDDLE COLLEGE HIGH (ALTERNATIVE)
12500 CAMPUS DR.
510-436-2493
A Non-traditional School
Serves 155 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.4

SCHOOL OF SOCIAL JUSTICE AND COMMUNITY DEVELO
8501 INTERNATIONAL BLVD.
510-879-8559
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 134 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.8

YES YOUTH EMPOWERMENT SCHOOL
4610 FOOTHILL BOULEVARD
510-879-8877
Serves 129 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.7

BUNCHE
1240 18TH ST.
510-879-1730
A Special Education School
Serves 48 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 48

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