Oakland, California

city and county seat of Alameda County, California, United States
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Oakland is a city in California. It is across the bay from San Francisco. It is the county seat of Alameda County and the third-largest city in the Bay Area, after San Jose and San Francisco. At one time, Oakland had many factories that built cars, ships and airplanes. It is a major seaport and rail junction. It is the home of the Athletics baseball team.

Flag of Oakland
Official seal of Oakland
"Oaktown",[1] "The Town"
"Love life"[2]
Location in Alameda County and the U.S. state of California
Location in Alameda County and the U.S. state of California
Oakland is located in California
Location in California
Oakland is located in the United States
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 37°48′16″N 122°16′15″W / 37.80444°N 122.27083°W / 37.80444; -122.27083
CountryUnited States
IncorporatedMay 4, 1852 (172 years ago) (1852-05-04)[3][4]
Named forThe large oak forest that originally covered the area[5]
 • TypeStrong mayor[6]
 • BodyOakland City Council
 • MayorSheng Thao (D)[7]
 • Vice MayorRebecca Kaplan (D)
 • State senatorNancy Skinner (D)[8]
 • AssemblymembersBuffy Wicks (D) and
Mia Bonta (D)[9]
 • U. S. rep.Barbara Lee (D)[10]
 • Total78.03 sq mi (202.10 km2)
 • Land55.93 sq mi (144.86 km2)
 • Water22.10 sq mi (57.24 km2)
Elevation43 ft (13 m)
 • Total440,646
 • Rank1st in Alameda County
8th in California
45th in the United States
 • Density7,878.53/sq mi (3,041.87/km2)
Time zoneUTC−08:00 (PST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−07:00 (PDT)
ZIP Codes
94601–94615, 94617-94624, 94649, 94659–94662, 94666[14]
Area codes510/341
FIPS code06-53000
GNIS feature IDs277566, 2411292

California governor Jerry Brown was once mayor of Oakland. The current mayor is Sheng Thao.

Important people




2020 census


In the 2020 census, there were 440,646 people, 167,909 households, and 92,285 families living in Oakland. The population density was 7,878.4 people per square mile (3,041.9/km²). There were 178,469 housing units. The breakdown by race was 30.0% White, 21.3% Black, 16.1% Asian, 1.9% Native American, 0.7% Pacific Islander, 18.3% from one other race, and 11.8% from two or more races. Hispanics and Latinos made up 28.8% of the people.

The median (middle) age was 37.2 years. The age breakdown was 19.1% under age 18, 66.9% from 18 to 65, and 14.0% over 65. The gender breakdown was 48.7% male and 51.3% female.

Of the households, 26.9% had children under age 18, 34.9% had a married couple, 9.5% had an unmarried couple, 33.4% had a woman with no partner, 22.1% had a man with no partner, and 32.0% had one person living alone. The average household size was 2.52 people.[15][16]


  1. SCANLON, TOM (November 22, 1992). "The New Motown : Call it 'Oaktown.' It's funky, it's thriving. It's definitely not L.A. or New York. And it just may be the Hip-Hop Capital of America". Los Angeles Times.
  2. "Debate over Oakland motto exposes racial divide, identity crisis". sfchronicle.com. April 16, 2016.
  3. "California Cities by Incorporation Date". California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions. Archived from the original (Word) on February 21, 2013. Retrieved March 27, 2013.
  4. Joseph Eugene Baker (1914). Past and present of Alameda County, California. Vol. 1. S.J. Clarke. pp. 55, 65, 358, 360–361.
  5. "Oakland's Early History, Edson F. Adams, 1932". Freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com. Retrieved November 26, 2013.
  6. "Elected Officials". City of Oakland, California. Archived from the original on January 31, 2015. Retrieved January 31, 2015.
  7. "City Officials". City of Oakland. Retrieved January 10, 2023.
  8. "Senators". State of California. Retrieved March 18, 2013.
  9. "Members Assembly". State of California. Retrieved March 18, 2013.
  10. "California's 12th Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC.
  11. "2021 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 5, 2021.
  12. "Oakland". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  13. "QuickFacts: Oakland city, California". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 7, 2021.
  14. "Zip Code Lookup". USPS. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  15. "DP1: PROFILE OF GENERAL POPULATION AND HOUSING CHARACTERISTICS". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 16, 2024.
  16. "P16: HOUSEHOLD TYPE". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 16, 2024.

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