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Oakland is a large city on the East Bay region of San Francisco Bay and has a population of around 450,000. The Port of Oakland is the busiest port in the San Francisco Bay and one of the busiest in the country. While the port influences the local economy, it is one of many industries in the city.
Oakland is culturally diverse and very colorful. There is a lot to see and do here with lots going on across the region. It is across the bay from San Francisco, joined by the I-80, north of Union City and San Jose and south of Richmond. It’s a very lively city with a strong cultural scene and lots of historic neighborhoods.
The corporate housing stock in Oakland reflects that diversity. There are converted apartments, redbrick townhouses, brand new high rise blocks and every property type in-between.
Employment in Oakland
The Port of Oakland handles 99% of all containerized goods moving through Northern California and is quite an influence over the local economy. It employs almost 200,000 people directly or in support roles around the port and the city.
The city isn’t just a one-trick pony though, there is a lot more going on here than just shipping.
Major employers in the city include Kaiser Permanente, Bay Area Rapid Transit, State of California, Children’s Hospital Oakland, Alameda Health System, Southwest Airlines, Sutter Health, University of California, Securitas Security Services, US Postal Service, Federal Express, United Parcel Service, Pandora and Department of the Treasury.
Getting around Oakland
Amtrak runs services into Jack London Square Station including the California Zephyr, Capitol Corridor, Coast Starlight and San Joaquins. Oakland has the BART subway that runs throughout the city too.
The San Francisco Bay Ferry runs regular services from Pier 41 and Ferry Building in San Francisco over to Oakland by Jack London Square.Roads are plentiful with I-80 over Bay Bridge, I-580, I-880, and I-980, US-101, Route 242, Route 24 and Highway 123 will see you anywhere in the city or wider California.
Oakland is a hugely diverse city both in terms of population, culture, history and geography. There is no one characteristic that sums this city up which means there is a huge variety of things to see and do.
Neighborhoods in Oakland include Crocker Highland, Upper Rockridge, Montclair, Forestland, Shepherd Canyon, Merriwood, Glen Highlands, Panoramic Hill, Woodminster, Oakmore, Piedmont, Adams Point, Clinton, Cleveland Heights, Piedmont Avenue, Bancroft Business-Havenscourt, Bushrod, Maxwell Park, Upper Rockridge and Fremont.
Highlights of the city include African American Museum and Library at Oakland, Chabot Space and Science Center, The Museum of Arts and Digital Entertainment, The Dunsmuir-Hellman Historic Estate, E14 Gallery, Fox Theater, Oakland Raiders, Chinatown, Oakland Zoo, Oakland Aviation Museum and Jack London Square.
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