Oakland is the largest city in the East San Francisco Bay Area, and a major West Coast transportation hub and port city. The Port of Oakland is the largest in Northern California and the fifth busiest container shipping port in the country.
Voted Best Culture to Experience
Oakland Makes National Geographic Travel’s Best Trips List!
In 2012, Oakland was named the top North American city to visit. In 2013 Oakland was named #1 in the America’s Most Exciting Cities list. And again in 2019, Oakland appeared in National Geographic Traveler magazine’s list of 28 must-see destinations. Visit Oakland reports that Oakland was selected in the culture category, one of only four U.S. destinations included in the list and the only city in California chosen. The city was chosen for its:
Sense of place
“Oaklanders refer to their city’s terrain as “the flatlands” and “the hills”. Until recent waves of gentrification, these terms also symbolized Oakland’s deep economic divide, with “the hills” being more affluent communities. About two-thirds of Oakland lies in the flat plain of the East Bay, with one-third rising into the foothills and hills of the East Bay range.” — Wikipedia
Oakland has more than 50 distinct neighborhoods, each with its own unique character. If you’re considering moving to Oakland from out of town, you might want to check Walk Score’s neighborhood match list for people who want to find an Oakland neighborhood similar to where they’re from.