The Best of the Bay Area
The City of Oakland sprang up shortly after the San Francisco gold rush of 1849, serving as a major railroad terminal alongside the thriving metropolis across the bay. Today, Oakland is one of three major cities located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Oakland sits to the east of San Francisco in an area known by the locals as “East Bay”.
Oakland’s location alongside the bay provides a Mediterranean climate, averaging over 250 days of sunshine per year. Mild temperatures year round change very little with each season. While Oakland itself only has 400,000 residents, the surrounding metro area of 7.1 million enjoys world-famous California sunshine.
If you're a nature lover moving to downtown Oakland you'll be pleased to know, it is home to Lake Merritt, the nation’s first wildlife refuge. Established in 1870, Lake Merritt is one of the most unique urban environments in the United States. The 3.4 miles of shoreline exists as a place for man and nature to connect in the midst of the hectic city life. The Oakland Museum of California provides a fun, yet detailed look at the natural and human history of the state of California.
If you're a sports lover moving to Oakland, you're in luck. Oakland is also home to three professional sports teams: The Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball, the 2016 NBA champion Golden State Warriors and the NFL's Oakland Raiders. The latter plays at Oracle Arena, highlighting the tech influence on the San Francisco Bay area.