dcsimg

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. 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 408,073
Male Share of the Population 48.5%
Female Share of the Population 51.5%
Senior Citizens 11.9%
Employed Population 16+ 192,725
Age of the Population 36

Families

% of people married 37.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 39.1%
Median Earnings25+ $36,738
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,308
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,083

Wealth

Median Family Income $61,210
% Above Poverty Level 79.6%
% Below Poverty Level 20.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 6.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7.4%
% Using Public Transportation 20.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 34%
Median Gross Rent $1,144
Median House Value $458,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 67.5%
US/American 0.2%
English 4.1%
Irish 5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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 76,733 $96,889
Albany 19,249 $90,680
Berkeley 117,384 $118,190
Emeryville 10,830 $93,134
Orinda 18,703 $210,000
Piedmont 11,099 $234,250

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Oakland Public Libraries

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

library logo

More Information for Librarians

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

Click the Visit School Site buttons to go directly to a school's website and learn more about the school and programs it has to offer. School website will open in a new tab.
Click the Request Info buttons to request more information from a representative at the school.

 
Results:  5
Matching School Ads
Programs
  • Audio Production (BS)
  • Fashion Design (AS)
  • Fashion Design (BA)
  • Alumni have appeared in reality competition shows such as Top Chef and Project Runway.
  • Dedicated career services team that helps students tap opportunities in a marketplace driven by ideas
  • Offers programs in design, media arts, fashion, and culinary
  • Program Coordinators focus on improving program content and ensure that students have the resources they need
  • Over 50 locations nationwide
camnpus icon
San Francisco
Visit School Site
Programs
  • Graphic Design, Bachelor of Science (Online)
  • Internet Marketing, Master of Science (Online)
  • Music Production, Bachelors of Science (Online)
  • Full Sail’s curriculum combines elements of creativity, art, business and life skills, technical prowess, and academic achievement.
  • Full Sail offers accelerated programs, so a degree that would normally take four years takes 24 months on average.
  • Students work with industry-standard tools and technologies, allowing them to gain practical knowledge and real-world experience.
  • Join us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram to interact with our community, read about grad success, and see campus images.
Programs
  • Aviation Maintenance Technician
  • Designated as a 2017 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
  • Offers several aviation maintenance programs, including engineering, electronics, helicopter, and avionics technology.
  • Tutoring and advising services are available to students at no additional cost.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
  • 11 campuses across the United States, with locations in California, Virginia, Texas, Indianapolis, Florida, and more.
camnpus icon
Oakland
Request Info
Programs
  • Heavy Equipment Operations Level Two Program
  • Heavy Equipment Operations Level One Program
  • Lattice Boom Crane Program

Heavy Equipment Colleges of America (HEC) is committed to be a leading educational institution offering effective training while maintaining a high standard of quality and integrity. Heavy Equipment Colleges of America offers its services to the public for the purpose of helping career transitioning individuals gain stable, well-paying employment in high demand occupations.

camnpus icon
Modesto
Request Info
Programs
  • Medical Assisting
  • Vocational Nursing
  • Associate of Science in Nursing
  • Offers programs in nursing, medical assisting, pharmacy technology, dental assisting, and more.
  • Six Campuses across Northern CA: Fremont, San Jose, Sacramento, S. San Francisco, Hayward, and Concord.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, with programmatic approvals from the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians and the Board of Registered Nursing.
  • Approved by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) with an A+ rating since 2010.
camnpus icon
Hayward
Request Info

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

Additional Details
Oakland Careers
Oakland career and employment information.
Oakland Colleges
Oakland colleges and trade schools.
Oakland Graduate Schools
Oakland Graduate and Business Schools
Study Online in Oakland
Additional Resources
Info for Oakland Government Officials


Are you an official in the Oakland government or quasi-government agency such as the chamber of commerce, visitors bureau or economic development council? If so, visit our information page for government officials to see how CityTownInfo can support you.

Back to Top