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The eighth largest city in California, Oakland is also the county seat of Alameda county, the seventh largest county within the sunny state. Although Oakland wasn’t actually founded until 1852, the pretty city has history stretching back over 5,000 years when Native Americans inhabited the land. In the 1770’s, Spanish people started to arrive and the Californian Gold Rush, in 1848, drew Asian people, African-American people and people from Northern Europe. These facts weave together to create a rich tapestry of history for the city.
Oakland lies roughly in the circumferential middle of California, on the east side of San Francisco bay. It connects to San Francisco by means of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Oakland offers a wonderful mixture of landscapes, featuring beautifully luscious hills to the east, and roughly nineteen miles of pretty coastline to the west.
Like many of the other cities of California, Oakland benefits what one would call a Mediterranean climate, with almost all the cities rainfall occurring between October and January. It’s position on San Francisco bay means that it gets significant bouts of ‘San Francisco fog’ during the Summer. In Winter, one can expect temperature lows of 45 degrees Fahrenheit (7 degrees Celsius) in January and in Summer, highs to be expected are up to 75 degrees Fahrenheit (24 degrees Celsius) in September.
Oakland has a population of just under 400,000 of which approximately 32% are Caucasian, 36% are African-American, 15% are of Asian decent, and roughly 22% are of Hispanic of Latino decent. The port of Oakland is one of the busiest ports in the world for container ships and this is where a lot of the jobs in Oakland are created. The major exports from the port are red meat, poultry, fruit, vegetables, raw cotton, wood and animal feed.
Oakland has numerous attractions, making it a popular city to visit. Amongst these attractions we can find, to name but a few; the Chabot Space and Science Center, Oakland’s own Chinatown, Lake Merritt, Redwood Regional Park and Temescal Regional Park. Lake Merritt is a particularly pretty lake, with a 3.5 mile path around it’s circumference, popular to walkers and joggers. The lake is inhabited year round by many birds, including; Great Egret, American Coot, Black-crowned Night Heron and Cormorant.
Many famous names have been born in, or have lived in Oakland, for example; Bruce Lee, Brandon Lee, Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood.