Oakland is a large city in California, situated in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. Its location makes it a popular place to live, especially for people wanting to avoid the exceedingly expensive housing market of San Francisco. The population in 2017 was around 425,000, making Oakland, California the eight-most populous in the state.
The median home listing price in Oakland, CA is $670,000 with a median square footage of 1,403. This makes the median price per square foot $478. These values are 200 percent above the national average. However, they are significantly below the San Francisco median values which are over $1.3 million for listings and $1,000 per square foot.
Oakland and San Francisco are connected via a bridge. As such, Oakland is a popular choice for Bay Area home buyers who cannot afford or prefer not to pay the steep housing costs of San Francisco.
Oakland is a major port, the fifth busiest in the United States by cargo volume. It handles 99 percent of the containerized goods that move through Northern California, over $41 billion worth of international trade.
The city is home to Kaiser Permanente, Clorox and Dreyer’s ice cream. These are the largest employers in the city as of 2017:
- Kaiser Permanente
- Oakland Unified School District
- County of Alameda
- City of Oakland
- Bay Area Rapid Transit
Culture and Education
The city has a significant art scene, claiming the highest concentration of artists per capita in the country. In 2013, it was designated a top twelve art community. There is also an assortment of bars and nightclubs ranging from dive bars to dance clubs to modern lounges.
The Oakland Raiders, a National Football League team, the Oakland Athletics, a Major League Baseball team, and the Golden State Warriors, a National Basketball Association team, all play in Oakland. However, in 2020, the Raiders plan to relocate to Las Vegas.