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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    D+
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A+
  12. Commute
    A-
Oakland is a city in California with a population of 421,042. Oakland is in Alameda County. Living in Oakland offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Oakland there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Oakland and residents tend to be liberal.
About Oakland...
Population
421,042

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$627,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,354
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    60%
  • Own
    40%
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Oakland Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    509.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    18
    6.1
  • Rape
    85.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    658.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    598.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    4,660.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    1,161.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    20%
  • 35-44 years
    16%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    18%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    24%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    15%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    18%
    13%

Working in Oakland

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$68,442
National
$55,322
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I am originally from San Francisco and was a little hesitant about living in Oakland at first. But I am totally loving it! The weather is amazing, the people are friendly, diverse and active. There are tons of events, great food scene and nightlife (although since covid it's been a little harder to explore these areas). There is also tons of great outdoors activities, such as hiking in the Joachin Miller park. It's a great mix of city vibes, but chill and laid back at the same time. If you're thinking of moving to the bay area, I highly suggest choosing Oakland!
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I was raised in Oakland, Oakland is very known for it's popularity in Alameda County and diversity. Growing up I experienced very good education system attending public schools in elementary. Oakland is a very big city and is accessible to commute to taking public streets whether its International Boulevard or the 580 freeway. Also with commuting around Oakland without car there are alternatives which are public transportation that include AC transit, Bart, Lyft bikes, Scooters, and Uber. Oakland is significantly diverse in culture from beautiful murals in Fruitvale and Downtown Oakland. Oakland is also known for diverse restaurants and amazing nightlife in Downtown Oakland. Oakland is very family friendly orientated especially when attending public places that include Lake Merritt, Downtown Oakland, Piedmont, & Fruitvale.
Oakland is an amazing city known for its diversity, cultural influence, and overall beauty! Come visit and enjoy a multitude of entertainment experiences including the harbor at Jack London Square, the redwoods that line Redwood Regional Preserve, and the hip nightlife scene in bustling downtown Oakland. Oakland has something to offer for all residents and visitors, so come and explore!