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Welcome to Oakland ...

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

When the people of Oakland refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Oaklander<1>

From the  Census Estimates for 2017, Oakland has a population of 425,195 people<2> (see below for details).

Oakland was incorporated May 4, 1852.

The community of Oakland is near sea level<3>.

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

Oakland is located in the (510) area code.

The ZIP codes for Oakland: 94601-94615, 94619, 94621, 94623-94627, 94643, 94649, 94659-94661, 94666<4>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Oakland had a population of 390,724 people (or 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 (that had a count of 399,484 people).

Taken from the 2017 Census Estimates, Oakland had an population of 425,195 people. This is an increase of 8.82% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 6.44% since the 2000 Census).

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

Communities near Oakland ...

The following is a sample of nearby communities. Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance and not the distance if driven.<5>.

Community   2017
Concord   [Map]   129,783   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
Daly City   [Map]   107,074   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
Hayward   [Map]   160,500   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
Richmond   [Map]   110,040   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
San Francisco   [Map]   884,363   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
San Leandro   [Map]   90,553   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Oakland.

Communities Also Named Oakland ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have 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.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections that should be of interest to those chasing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Oakland. We make it easy to see an overhead view of the cemetery.
  • 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 community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Oakland. Our list includes 206 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Oakland:

Websites for Oakland ...

Official Website:
Chamber of Commerce:
Junior League:

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 get an overview with links that will help you to 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.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Oakland:

The official website for Alameda County:

The official website for State of California:

Footnotes ...

<1>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.

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<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Oakland.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Oakland - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>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.

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<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance beginning in Oakland. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Oakland) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Oakland. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Oakland

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Oakland. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.8053, Longitude: -122.2706     [Map].

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