Oakland is a major port city in California and the third-largest city in the San Francisco Bay Area with a population of 390,724. Located in Alameda County, it is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the United States, as a result of a large influx of immigrants and African-American war workers from the Deep South during World War II.
Although it was historically known as a city with a high crime rate, over the last few years, Oakland has been viewed as a great place to live, with great restaurants, cultural diversity, a rich art scene, and the country’s first wildlife refuge (Lake Merritt). High prices in San Francisco as a result of the high-tech boom has forced many artists and creative professionals to move to Oakland over the last decade.
Oakland has more than 50 distinct neighborhoods and is connected to other parts of the Bay Area by Interstate 580, Interstate 1-880, and Interstate 980. As the principal city of Alameda County, Oakland sees heavy traffic both from its own residents and those of neighboring cities like Berkeley, Alameda, San Leandro, Emeryville, and across the Bay Bridge, San Francisco. It is served by Oakland International Airport, just south of downtown Oakland. [Read more…]