Founded in 1852, Oakland, California has history that goes back much further
than its 150 years. Native Americans lived in the region for over 5,000 years.
The Spanish visited the area in the 1770's, and came to settle about 50 years
later. Asians, African Americans, and those of Northern European extraction
came with the Gold Rush, and put down their own roots. Today, Oakland is one
of the nation's most ethnically integrated cities, Oaklanders speak more than
100 languages and dialects. Our city's many faces give us our strength, our
civic pride, and our inspired sense of community. For some 400,000 Oaklanders,
there's no place like home.
Oakland's landscape is a picturesque mix of lovely hillside neighborhoods
exciting and diverse architecture a bustling waterfront two shimmering lakes
19 miles of shoreline along the San Francisco Bay unparalleled Bay views and
more parks and open space per capita than any other city in the Bay Area. Everyone
loves our year round vacation weather with temperatures in the gentle 50's and
60's in the winter and spring, and 70's throughout summer and fall.
A city on the move, Oakland has emerged as a major economic force in the region.
Long a center for international trade, the Port of Oakland is the nation's fourth
busiest container port in the Bay Area. The Oakland International Airport is
served by 12 major domestic and international airlines. Getting around is easy
by train, automobile, BART, bus and ferry.
The arts are alive in Oakland. Oakland has one of the largest visual and performing
arts communities on the West Coast, and the arts are celebrated on every level
here, from acclaimed symphony and ballet to museums, galleries, and small arts
organizations. The Old Oakland district includes many of the finest examples
of Victorian commercial architecture on the West Coast. Oakland's population
boomed after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, and the Broadway Historic District
showcases a range of architectural treasures constructed between 1900-1949.
Bold new buildings now shine in Oakland's modern skyline. The Ronald V. Dellums
Federal Building has been lauded for its use of space and sense of place.
Oakland's residents love their city's charming neighborhoods, which include
a mix of well-known areas like Montclair, Rockridge, and Piedmont, as well loved
but lesser known districts such as Glenview, Fruitvale, and Temescal.