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Oakland is the California's west-central part and 8th largest city in United States. The city has 390,724 populations in 2010 estimation. It is the seat of Alameda County. It is also a central hub city for a region of the San Francisco Bay Area identified as the East Bay. Oakland is a major business and manufacturing center in California. Oakland's waterfront is lined with docks as befits this historical transportation and sharing center. Oakland served as an affluent resource when its hillside oak and redwood timber were logged to make San Francisco, and Oakland's fertile flatland soils helped it become a prolific agricultural region. The gold rush of 1849 attracted more people to the area and the city's population sustained to develop after a transport service to San Francisco was started in 1851. Through the California Gold Rush, Oakland developed the main staging post for passengers and cargo journeying between the Bay Area and the Sierra foothills. Oakland was in the middle of the first ports internationally to specialize in the intermodal container operations whose advantages have revolutionized international trade. It is a major seaport and Oakland is significant container shipping port and the terminus of three transcontinental railroads. The city's economic growth sustained to grow with the opening of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in 1936. Oakland is the headquarters of lots of national and international corporations in the United States. Now the city is one of the most ethnically different major cities in the country.

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Oakland Recreation Culture and Attractions

Oakland is a major cultural and commerce center in California. It has a major art scene and claims the highest concentration of artists per capita in the United States. The city offers symphonic music through its November through May contribution concert series, which is presented at the Paramount Theatre. There are Oakland Ballet, Citicentre Dance Theater, Dimensions Dance Theater, Oakland Ensemble Theater, and Bay Area Blues Society in Oakland. The city's main historic buildings are the Camron-Stanford House, a beautifully restored Victorian house on Lake Merritt. The city is home to many museums in Oakland including the African American Museum and Library, Lightship Relief floating lighthouse, the Museum of Children's Art, and the Oakland Museum of California. The Oakland Museum of California is lauded for its displays of California art, history and natural science. The Ebony Museum of Art at Jack London Village displays and sells African American art. Oakland hosts African Cultural Festival with dance in its many African forms performed by five sub-Saharan repertory companies. It hosts its birthday on May 4th with its annual Celebration in the Plaza, featuring live music with guest performers, famous Oakland celebrities, living history exhibits, walking tours, food booths, and art exhibits. August's Chinatown Streetfest with its arts, food and crafts of the cultures of China, Vietnam, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, and others, celebrates the city's Asian community. The city's major attractions including the AXIS Dance Company, Chabot Space and Science Center, Children's Fairyland, Chinatown, Dunsmuir House and Fox Oakland Theatre. Oracle Arena is openly neighboring to the Oakland Coliseum, home to the Golden State Warriors of the NBA. The city has National Basketball Association's Golden State Warriors play at the Oakland Arena; it is a major league baseball's American League.

Oakland Demographics
Oakland total population - 400,000
Oakland male population - 190,000
Oakland female population - 210,000
Oakland White population - 110,000
Oakland Hispanic population - 180,000
Oakland Asian population - 60,000
Oakland Black population - 110,000
Oakland Other race population - 2,000
Oakland American population - 2,000
Oakland Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander population - 3,000

Oakland Education

Oakland's major schools are managed by the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), it is the eleventh largest school district in the state. There are 59 elementary schools, 23 middle schools, 19 high schools, with 9 alternative education schools and programs, 4 adult education schools and early childhood education centers at most of the elementary schools in Oakland. The city has three largest public high schools they are Oakland High School, Oakland Technical High School, and Skyline High School. The city is also home to many private schools. Oakland's catholic schools are managed by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland also include 8 K-8 schools. The city's colleges and universities include Peralta Community College District, Laney College, Merritt College, California College of the Arts, Holy Names University, Lincoln University, Mills College, Patten University and Samuel Merritt College.

Oakland History

The earliest Oakland and California area was the Huchiun tribe, belonging to a linguistic combination later called the Ohlone. Oakland was claimed for the Spanish king by explorers from New Spain in 1772, and in the early 19th century, the area which later became Oakland, was settled to Luis Maria Peralta by the Spanish royal government. The California Gold Rush in 1848, as well as the United States winning over control of California, started full-scale settlement and growth of the area. It was not until 1852, yet, that the California state government incorporated the town of Oakland. The unique settlement in what is now the downtown was at first called "Contra Costa" and was included in Contra Costa County before Alameda County was recognized on March 25, 1853. In the year of 1868, the Central Pacific constructed the Oakland Long Wharf at Oakland Point, the site of today's Port of Oakland. The Long Wharf served as the limit both for the Transcontinental Railroad and for local commuter trains of the Central Pacific. The city regularly annexed farmlands and settlements to the east and the north. In 1906, Oakland's populace doubled with refugees made homeless after the San Francisco earthquake and fire. For the period of the reconstruction process, many homes were built much larger than they formerly were, with more fire-resistant designs than the previous buildings, dramatically changing the architectural character of the region the fire swept through. Throughout World War II, the East Bay Area was home to many war-related industries. After the war, the shipbuilding and automobile industries which had thrived when their services were more greatly needed died off and disappeared, as did the jobs that came with them. Many people determined to stay in their new Oakland home despite this, but by the late 1960s, Oakland establish itself with a population that was increasingly poor. Now the city was home to many manufacturing industries, including metals, canneries, bakeries, internal combustion engines, automobiles, and shipbuilding.

Oakland Symbol

Oakland nick name - "Oaktown, The O

Oakland Flag

image of Oakland flag

Oakland Tourism

Oakland is the major visiting center in California, it has historic and modern hub. Visitors will find a little bit of the whole thing in this diverse metropolis, from the picturesque waterfront to liberal hills. It is gradually more important part of Oakland life; tourism in the area is expectant, with many excellent restaurants, shopping centers, hotels, marinas and travel amenities available. The city's some of the major tourist attractions including the AXIS Dance Company, Chabot Space and Science Center, Children's Fairyland, Chinatown, Dunsmuir House, Fox Oakland Theatre, reopened: pending tour information TBA, Jack London Square, Oakland Aviation Museum, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland Public Library, Oakland Zoo, Paramount Theatre, Pardee Home, Peralta Hacienda Historical Park, Museum of History and Culture and Preservation Park. Discover Oakland's rising arts, entertainment and food scene or enjoy leisure opportunities like hiking, sailing and biking. Root for one of the three professional sports teams or take a tour of a historic attraction.

Oakland Transportation

Oakland transportation system is operated by BART, it is managed on eminent tracks and as a subway all over Oakland and has 8 stations--12th Street/Oakland City Center, 19th Street/Oakland, Coliseum/Oakland Airport, Fruitvale, Lake Merritt, MacArthur, Rockridge, and West Oakland. The system has headquarters in Oakland, with most important transfer centers at MacArthur and 19th Street stations. Oakland International Airport is placed only twelve minutes from downtown and it is a major airport in California. The airport has major thoroughfare to Denver, Chicago, Dallas, Seattle, Portland, and Los Angeles. Amtrak schedules recurrent arrivals during its fatal at Jack London Square. Greyhound bus service is also available. Their transportation system AC Transit offers general peak period bus service to/from San Francisco on weekdays in addition to Route NL. Waterway is also a major transportation in Oakland. There are three major ports on the West Coast of the United States; the Port of Oakland is the major seaport on San Francisco Bay and the fifth busiest container port in the United States.

Oakland Universities and Colleges
Holy Names University, Oakland, California, USA - 1,000 Students
Lincoln University, Oakland, California, United States - 400 Students
Samuel Merritt University, Oakland, California, United States - 1000 Students

Oakland Tourist Attractions
The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum - Oakland, California - home to the NFL's Oakland Raiders and MLB's Oakland Athletics
Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA
Oakland Zoo - Oakland, California - medium-sized zoo with around 660 individual animals
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California
Oracle Arena, Oakland, California

Oakland Neighborhoods
Acorn Industrial neighborhood
Adams Point neighborhood
Allendale neighborhood
Arroyo Viejo neighborhood
Bartlett neighborhood
Bella Vista neighborhood
Broadway Auto Row neighborhood
Brookfield Village neighborhood
Bushrod neighborhood
Caballo Hills neighborhood
Castlemont neighborhood
Chabot Park neighborhood
Chinatown neighborhood
City Center neighborhood
Civic Center neighborhood
Cleveland Heights neighborhood
Clinton neighborhood
Coliseum neighborhood
Coliseum Industrial neighborhood
Columbia Gardens neighborhood
Cox neighborhood
Crestmont neighborhood
Crocker Highland neighborhood
Dimond neighborhood
Downtown neighborhood
Durant Manor neighborhood
East Peralta neighborhood
Eastmont neighborhood
Eastmont Hills neighborhood
Elmhurst Park neighborhood
Fairfax neighborhood
Fairfax Business (Wentworth) neighborhood
Fairview Park neighborhood
Fitchburg neighborhood
Foothill Square neighborhood
Forestland neighborhood
Fremont neighborhood
Frick neighborhood
Fruitvale Station neighborhood
Glen Highlands neighborhood
Glenview neighborhood
Gold Coast neighborhood
Golf Links neighborhood
Grand Lake neighborhood
Hacienda (Peralta Hacienda) neighborhood
Harrington neighborhood
Harrison Street neighborhood
Havensourt (Bancroft Business) neighborhood
Hawthorne neighborhood
Hegenberger neighborhood
Highland neighborhood
Highland Park (Lynn) neighborhood
Highland Terrace neighborhood
Hiller Highlands neighborhood
Ironworks District neighborhood
Iveywood neighborhood
Ivy Hill neighborhood
Jack London Square neighborhood
Jefferson neighborhood
Lake Merritt District neighborhood
Lakeshore neighborhood
Lakewide neighborhood
Laney (Peralta/Laney) neighborhood
Las Palmas neighborhood
Laurel neighborhood
Leona Heights neighborhood
Lincoln Highlands neighborhood
Lockwood Tevis neighborhood
Loft District neighborhood
MacArthur Maze (The Maze) neighborhood
Maxwell Park neighborhood
Mcclymonds neighborhood
Meadow Brook (Reservoir Hill) neighborhood
Melrose neighborhood
Merritt neighborhood
Merriwood neighborhood
Mills College neighborhood
Millsmont neighborhood
Montclair neighborhood
Montclair Business neighborhood
Mosswood neighborhood
North Kennedy Tract neighborhood
North Stonehurst neighborhood
Northgate neighborhood
Oak Center neighborhood
Oak Tree neighborhood
Oakmore neighborhood
Old City neighborhood
Old Oakland neighborhood
Patten neighborhood
Piedmont Avenue neighborhood
Piedmont Pines neighborhood
Pill Hill neighborhood
Prescott neighborhood
Produce and Waterfront neighborhood
Ralph Bunche neighborhood
Rancho San Antonio neighborhood
Redwood Heights neighborhood
Rockridge neighborhood
San Pablo Gateway neighborhood
Sausal Creek neighborhood
School neighborhood
Seminary neighborhood
Sequoyah neighborhood
Shafter neighborhood
Sheffield Village neighborhood
Shepherd Canyon neighborhood
Skyline - Hillcrest Estates neighborhood
Sobrante Park neighborhood
South Kennedy Tract neighborhood
South Prescott neighborhood
South Stonehurst neighborhood
St. Elizabeth neighborhood
Temescal neighborhood
Toler Heights neighborhood
Trestle Glen neighborhood
Tuxedo neighborhood
Upper Dimond neighborhood
Upper Laurel neighborhood
Upper Peralta Creek neighborhood
Upper Rockridge neighborhood
Uptown neighborhood
Waterfront Warehouse District neighborhood
Waverly neighborhood
Webster neighborhood
West Oakland neighborhood
Woodland neighborhood
Woodminster neighborhood

Oakland Religions
Oakland Catholic Church Population is 60%
Oakland Mainline Protestant Denominations population is 10%
Oakland Evangelical Denominations population is 15%
Oakland Evangelical Denominations population is 15%

Oakland Government

Oakland has strong-mayor council government. This mayor elected on four year term with eight council members. The mayor appoints a city administrator to take out its policies. Oakland's Mayor is subject to occupancy partial to two terms. There are no term restrictions for the city council. Three council members are presently on their fourth term, and Councilman De La Fuente is serving for his fifth term, approaching two decades in office. In the state legislature Oakland is placed in the 9th Senate District, represented by Democrat Loni Hancock, and in the 14th, 16th, and 18th Assembly Districts, represented by Democrats Nancy Skinner, Sandre Swanson, and Mary Hayashi in that order.

Oakland Economy

Oakland is one of the major business centers in United States and it is also one of the busiest ports in the world for container ships. There are number of manufacturing plants employing almost 9 percent of the city's workers. Its leading industry sectors include business services, health care services, transportation, food processing, light manufacturing, government, arts, culture and entertainment. The city's major economic exports are fruits and vegetables, waste paper, red meat and poultry, resins, chemicals, animal feed, raw cotton, wood and lumber, crude fertilizers/minerals, industrial machinery, and cereal. Oakland's major economic growth sectors are business services, health care services, transportation, food processing, light manufacturing, government, arts, culture and entertainment.

Oakland Geography

Oakland is the seat of Alameda County. It is situated on the east side of the San Francisco Bay, and is linked to the city of San Francisco by the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Oakland boasts 19 miles of coastline to the west and magnificent rolling hills to the east. The city's landscape as "the flatlands" and "the hills", which until recent waves of gentrification have also been a reference to Oakland's deep economic split, with "the hills" being more rich communities. Oakland is the only city in the United States with a natural sea water lake, 115-acre Lake Merritt, completely contained within its border. Oakland's flat plain of San Francisco Bay comprises about two-thirds of the city and the leftovers of the city terrain lies in the foothills and hills of the East Bay range. Now the city is mainly a manufacturing and transportation center.

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