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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.

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 433,031 people<3> (see below for details).

While we don't have a date for the establishment of Oakland, you might get a feel for its founding by knowing that they incorporated May 4, 1852.

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:   www.oaklandnet.com/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.oaklandchamber.com/

Junior League:   www.jloeb.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Oakland had an population of 433,031 people. This is an increase of 10.83% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 8.4% 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 total 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 (which had a count of 399,484 people).

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

Adding Oakland to Our Gazetteer ...

As we work on our Gazetteer, we occasionally find mention of a community that is new to us. When we find such a community, we add it to our Gazetteer with the hope of adding more information in the future.

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.

In addition, we also found mention of Oakland elsewhere: The earliest book where we found it mentioned was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Oakland on our Genealogy Page.

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.

Communities near Oakland ...

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

  • San Francisco [San Francisco County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for San Francisco
    • San Francisco [San Francisco County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<6> to the west of Oakland
    • Estimated population in 2019: 881,549 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on San Francisco
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for San Francisco<7>
  • Hayward [Alameda County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hayward
    • Hayward [Alameda County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the southeast of Oakland
    • Estimated population in 2019: 159,203 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hayward
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hayward<7>
  • Concord [Contra Costa County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Concord
    • Concord [Contra Costa County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the northeast of Oakland
    • Estimated population in 2019: 129,295 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Concord
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Concord<7>
  • Richmond [Contra Costa County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Richmond
    • Richmond [Contra Costa County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<6> to the northwest of Oakland
    • Estimated population in 2019: 110,567 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Richmond
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Richmond<7>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Daly City [San Mateo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Daly City
      • Daly City [San Mateo County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the southwest of Oakland
      • Estimated population in 2019: 106,280 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Daly City
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Daly City<7>
    • San Mateo [San Mateo County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for San Mateo
      • San Mateo [San Mateo County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the south of Oakland
      • Estimated population in 2019: 104,430 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on San Mateo
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for San Mateo<7>
    • San Leandro [Alameda County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for San Leandro
      • San Leandro [Alameda County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<6> to the southeast of Oakland
      • Estimated population in 2019: 88,815 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on San Leandro
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for San Leandro<7>
    • San Ramon [Contra Costa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for San Ramon
      • San Ramon [Contra Costa County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<6> to the east of Oakland
      • Estimated population in 2019: 75,995 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on San Ramon
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for San Ramon<7>
    • Union City [Alameda County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Union City
      • Union City [Alameda County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<6> to the southeast of Oakland
      • Estimated population in 2019: 74,107 people
      • Former name for Union City:
      • Decoto
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Union City
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Union City<7>
    • Walnut Creek [Contra Costa County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Walnut Creek
      • Walnut Creek [Contra Costa County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the northeast of Oakland
      • Estimated population in 2019: 70,166 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Walnut Creek
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Walnut Creek<7>

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.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for California

About Alameda County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Oakland: www.oaklandnet.com/

The official website for Alameda County: www.acgov.org/

The official website for State of California: https://www.ca.gov/

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>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line 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 for our own planning, 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 we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.8053, Longitude: -122.2706    
<7>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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