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Oakland Facts

Did you know that Oakland is home to the 5th largest port and the oldest wildlife sanctuary in the nation? Oakland holds many distinctions. Here are some facts and figures to help you better understand our city.


Population: 420,005
Area: 55.79 square miles
8th largest city in California
Source: Census Bureau

Average Elevation

43 feet
Source: United States Geological Service

Time Zone

Pacific Standard Time (PST)

Average Temperature

January average: 51.5⁰ F
July average: 64.3⁰ F
260 sunny days
Source: National Weather Service

Proximity to Nearby Cities

12 minutes to San Francisco
1 hour to Napa and Sonoma
40 minutes to Silicon Valley

Average Rainfall

23.95 inches
Source: National Weather Service


Oakland International Airport (OAK)

Public Transportation

AC Transit
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)
San Francisco Bay Ferry to San Francisco and Alameda

Demographic Snapshot

28% African American
34.5% White
25.4% Hispanic or Latino
17.4% Asian or Pacific Islander
125 languages spoken
Oakland has more lesbian couples per capita than any other city, and the third most same-sex couples per capita behind San Francisco and Seattle.
Source: Census Bureau

Parks and Shoreline

Oldest wildlife sanctuary in the nation (at Lake Merritt)
100,000 acres of parks and trails in the East Bay Regional Park system
19 miles of shoreline
2 lakes (Lake Merritt and Lake Temescal)
Source: Trust for Public Land

Colleges and Universities

Mills College
Samuel Merritt College
Holy Names University
California College of the Arts
Laney College
Merritt College
Lincoln University
Patten University

Major Sports Teams

Golden State Warriors
Oakland Athletics
Oakland Raiders

Major Industries

Shipping (5th largest port in the country, freight rail terminal, freight airport)

National Companies Headquartered in Oakland
Blue Bottle Coffee
Cost Plus World Market
Dreyer’s Ice Cream
Kaiser Permanente

Sister Cities

Fukuoka, Japan
Nakhodka, Russia
Sekondi Takoradi, Ghana
Dalian, China
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Funchal, Portugal
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Agadir, Morocco
Danang, Vietnam
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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