Located in Alameda County, Oakland sits on the eastern side of the San Francisco Bay. With over 425,000 people and 50 neighborhoods, this city offers many housing options for renters and homeowners alike. Oakland's port is the busiest in the Bay Area and Northern California, contributing to the area's many trade and manufacturing jobs. A strong artist presence leads to street art and galleries. The area is mostly flat by the bay before merging into the nearby foothills of the East Bay Range. Recently, the area has experienced increasing gentrification, leading to new luxury apartments and increased living costs.
BART trains run from Oakland to cities including San Francisco, Richmond, and Antioch. AC Transit operates buses throughout Oakland as well as to towns in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties. Free shuttles run from BART stations to Emeryville and downtown Oakland areas. Driving comes with traffic, and parking is hard to find in certain neighborhoods.
The weather in Oakland is mild year-round. Summers are dry and warm, with average high temperatures around 72°F (22°C). Winters are wet and cool, with average high temperatures around 58°F (14°C). Weather is typically cooler in the foothills.
Top sights and attractions
Jack London Square
Located off the south end of Broadway, this waterfront area consists of businesses, restaurants, and a movie theater. It's home to the cabin where Jack London lived during the Klondike gold rush in Canada. It's a popular place to meet-up or to sit and take in water views.