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Welcome to Oakland ...

The coastal city of Oakland is located in Alameda County<1> and is the County Seat for Alameda County.

While we don't have a date for the founding of Oakland, you might get a feel for it by knowing that during our research the earliest mention that we found (so far) was in a book dated 1895.

When the people of Oakland refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Oaklander<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Oakland has a population of 422,738 people<3> (see below for details).

Oakland is near sea level<4>.

Time Zone: Oakland lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

Oakland lies within the (510) area code.

The ZIP codes for Oakland: 94601-94615, 94619, 94621, 94623-94627, 94643, 94649, 94659-94661, 94666<5>

Websites for Oakland ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Junior League:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Oakland had an population of 422,738 people. This is an increase of 8.19% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 5.82% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Oakland had a population of 390,724 people (which is 25.87% of the total population of Alameda County). This makes Oakland the county's most populous community.

The population of Oakland represents 1.05% of the population of California (which has 37,253,956 people), making it the state's 8th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 390,724 people, the population of Oakland decreased 2.19% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 399,484 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Oakland.

Communities Also Named Oakland ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are two California communities named Oakland: This one is located in Alameda County and the other is located in Yuba County.

Beyond California, there are 131 communities that are also named Oakland - they are located in Alabama (4), Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida (2), Georgia (7), Illinois (3), Indiana (2), Iowa (2), Kansas (5), Kentucky (3), Louisiana (3), Maine, Manitoba, Maryland (6), Massachusetts (2), Michigan (2), Minnesota (2), Mississippi (3), Missouri (4), Nebraska, New Brunswick, New Jersey (3), New York (2), North Carolina (7), Nova Scotia, Ohio (10), Oklahoma, Ontario (2), Oregon, Pennsylvania (8), Rhode Island, South Carolina (4), Tennessee (12), Texas (8), Vermont, Virginia (6), Washington (2), West Virginia (2) and Wisconsin (2).

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Oakland.

Communities near Oakland ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Oakland.

  • San Francisco
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the west)
  • Hayward
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the southeast)
  • Concord
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the northeast)
  • Richmond
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the northwest)
  • Daly City
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the southwest)
  • San Mateo
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the south)
  • San Leandro
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the southeast)
  • San Ramon
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the east)
  • Union City
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the southeast)
    • Union City is located in Alameda County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 74,501 people
    • Former name for Union City:
    • Decoto
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Union City
    • Jump to a Google Map centered on Union City
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Union City <6>
  • Walnut Creek
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the northeast)

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Oakland. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Oakland.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Oakland. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Oakland.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Oakland. Our list includes 206 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Oakland.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Oakland ...

Looking for more information about Oakland? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Oakland, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Oakland.

Adding Oakland to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Oakland in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Oakland was in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Oakland on a map titled Map of the Lincoln Highway (1915-1916).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Oakland.

The official website for Oakland:

The official website for Alameda County:

The official website for State of California:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of California's counties, including Alameda, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Oakland refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Oakland may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Oakland.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Oakland - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Oakland). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Oakland or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Oakland includes: 94601, 94602, 94603, 94604, 94605, 94606, 94607, 94608, 94609, 94610, 94611, 94612, 94613, 94614, 94619, 94621, 94623, 94624, 94625, 94626, 94643, 94649, 94659, 94660 & 94661.
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.




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