This beautiful port city indeed has many unique distinctions to its name, but large section of local people and also people living outside Oakland city are still ignorant about them. Just to give you a teaser: did you know that Oakland has more artists per capita than any other city in America.
Oakland Demographic and Geographical Fast Facts
- Oakland is the third largest city in San Francisco Bay Area, eighth-largest city in California State and 45th-largest city in the U.S.
- Oakland is also a principal city in Alameda County.
- Oakland city is spread across 55.79 square miles of area
- Oakland is located directly across San Francisco bay – six miles east of San Francisco.
- Oakland is only the city in the world to have natural saltwater lake. This is courtesy famous Lake Merritt, which is completely within its city boundaries.
- Oakland has more than 80 parks. One of the highest in California State.
- Oakland is ethnically the most diverse city of United States. More than 125 different languages and dialects are spoken.
- Oakland is also very diverse when it comes to racial demography. Alongside whites, it also has huge concentration of African American, Latino and plethora of Asian communities hailing from different Asian countries.
- Oakland has unique distinction of being home to third largest concentration of lesbian residents in Unites States.
- Travelers/tourists can travel to Oakland city through three international Airports. Oakland International Airport (OAK), San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and San Jose International Airport (SJC).
Oakland History Facts
- The earliest inhabitants of Oakland city were Huchiun Indians, who lived around present day Lake Merritt for thousands of years.
- The work on present day Downtown Oakland was started way back in 1851 – work was initiated by three gentlemen - Horace Carpentier, Edson Adams, and Andrew Moon.
- Oakland city was incorporated on March 25, 1854.
- Horace Carpentier was first mayor of Oakland city. His tenure as a Mayor ended in first year owing to a financial scandal.
- 1906 San Francisco earthquake was a watershed year in Oakland’s history. Thousands of San Franciscans relocated to Oakland city for safety. Leading to its massive population growth and infrastructure development.
- By start of 20th century Oakland began witnessed industrial development. Busy port, shipyards, and a growing automobile manufacturing industry were main characteristics of these initial years of industrial development.
- In 1916 General Motors established North California’s first automobile plant in Oakland. The famous Chevrolet cars were produced at this very plant.
- Oakland and East Bay Area played a very critical role in World War II, as it was home to many war-related industries.
Oakland Government and Economy Fast Facts
- Port of Oakland is the fifth busiest port in United States and also one of the busiest ports in the world.
- The Port of Oakland handles 99% of all containerized goods moving through Northern California. Making approximately $41 billion worth of international trade annually.
- Oakland city has a GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of nearly 4 billion, ranking among top 10 metropolitan areas with highest GDPs in United States.
- In 2014 Oakland was the fifth ranked city for tech entrepreneurs by total venture capital investment.
- In 2014 Oakland was also ranked the second best city to start a career in California State, after San Francisco.
- Oakland is known for its sustainability practices, especially for usage of electricity from renewable resources.
- Oakland produces more sourdough bread than any other city in the world.
Oakland Interesting and Fun Facts
- Hollywood superstar Tom Hanks went to high school in Oakland. Legends also have it that he once sold concessions at the Oakland Coliseum.
- Hollywood’s yesteryear star Clint Eastwood also completed his high school in Oakland.
- Oakland is the only city in California State to have 3 professional sports teams: Raiders, the A’s, and the Golden State Warriors.
- Bruce Lee, famous martial arts expert, learnt his initial lessons in martial arts in Oakland.
- Oakland is a la la land for foodies. It has over 300 restaurants serving multitude of cuisines and dishes.