Founded in 1852, 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.
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.
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