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Oakland, CA 94601    

Oakland, California Home Values and Comparables

Oakland, founded in 1852, is an American city on the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay in Northern California in the United States. To the north lies Berkeley, home to the campus of the renowned University of California, Berkeley. To the west is San Francisco, across the Bay Bridge. Separated from the mainland by an estuary to the southwest is the island city of Alameda, while San Leandro lies to the southeast. Along the hills which run northwest to southeast, Oakland borders five of the East Bay Regional Parks. In the center of Oakland, and completely surrounded by it (prompting the common analogy to a doughnut hole), is the wealthy city of Piedmont. Oakland is home of the Port of Oakland, one of three major shipping ports on the American West Coast.

Oakland is the county seat of Alameda County. As of the 2000 U.S. Census, the city's population was 399,484, making it the third largest city in the San Francisco Bay Area after San Jose and San Francisco.

The Oakland Tribune published its first newspaper on February 21, 1874. The Tribune Tower, which sports a clock, is one of Oakland's landmarks. At key times throughout the day (8:00am, noon, 5:00pm), the clock tower clarion plays a variety of classic melodies, which change on a daily basis. During the Christmas seasons, carols are heard throughout downtown.

Oakland hosts Oakland International Airport, which serves most of the low-cost air traveler's market to and from the San Francisco Bay Area. The addition of Oakland to Jet Blue's stops has made Oakland International Airport an attractive option to Bay Area travellers. Travellers on public transportation may exit BART or Amtrak at the Coliseum/Oakland Airport intermodal station to take a connecting AirBART bus to the airport.

Major employers in Oakland include the local, state and federal governments, United States Postal Service, the Port of Oakland, carriers associated with the port, regional transportation and utility authorities, Kaiser Permanente, Clorox, Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream, and commercial bakeries.

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