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Oakland, CA

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Oakland is the major eastern hub of the San Francisco bay area. It is home to nearly 400,000 people, and sits across the bay from San Francisco. It is widely recognized for its culture of political activism and diversity, and along with a vibrant modern music scene, the city boasts the highest number of artists per capita in the country. It’s also one of the most sustainable cities in the US, recently ranked #1 in electricity usage from renewable resources. Oakland is fiercely loyal to its sports teams, the Raiders (NFL) and A’s (MLB).

Getting Around in Oakland, CA

Nearly 25% of Oakland’s population uses public transportation to commute, and approximately 17% of citizens do not use a car at all. This is thanks in large part to the BART system (Bay Area Rapid Transit) with eight Oakland stations, but there is also an AC Transit bus system that runs within Oakland and connects it to the greater East Bay. Since 1999 Oakland has been home to a Bicycle Master Plan accounting for miles of bike lanes and parking spaces for thousands of bicycles downtown, and today it is ranked 7th in terms of bicycle commuters in the US.

52
Walk Score®
"Somewhat Walkable"
56
Transit Score®
"Good Transit"
The average commuter time in Oakland is:
15 to 19 minutes
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  • Time Range
  • 25 to 29 minutes
  • 30 to 34 minutes
  • 35 to 39 minutes
  • Percentage of workers
  • 4.96%
  • 17.07%
  • 2.36%

Lake Merritt

<p>To experience some of Oakland's Mediterranean climate and natural Bay Area scenery, Lake Merritt is a must. Since 1870, it's been the U.S.&Otilde;s oldest official wildlife refuge, and this tidal lagoon has become the center of Oakland&Otilde;s neighborhoods. The lake is surrounded by the "necklace of lights" a system of over 126 lampposts that have highlighted the 3+ miles of bike / pedestrian paths around the perimeter since 1925. Sports enthusiasts can rent sailboats, canoes, and rowboats on the lake, and there&Otilde;s also a fairy tale-themed amusement park called Children&Otilde;s Fairyland. It&Otilde;s also home to a number of bird sanctuaries and is a premier destination for bird watching.</p>

Paramount Theatre

<p>Oakland's historic Paramount Theatre was built in 1931 by local architect Timothy Pflueger and stands today as one of the bay&Otilde;s finest examples of Art Deco design both inside and out. Since its painstaking restoration and designation as a California Registered Historic Landmark in the 1970s, the Paramount has become a cornerstone of the Oakland arts culture. It houses the Oakland Symphony Orchestra and the Oakland Ballet, and regularly offers movies, concerts, comedy shows, and live theater acts (often accompanied by the live organ). In addition, guided tours are available to showcase some of the theatre&Otilde;s hidden gems.</p>