Oakland InformationOakland was founded in 1852 during the California Gold Rush. Today Oakland is one of the nation’s most ethnically diverse cities with its people speaking more than 100 different languages and dialect. Oakland’s landscape consists of a picturesque mix of lovely hillside neighborhoods; exciting and diverse architecture; a bustling waterfront; two shimmering lakes; 19 miles of shoreline along the San Francisco Bay; unparalleled Bay views; and more parks and open space per capita than any other city in the Bay Area.
Oakland has year round vacation weather, with temperatures in the gentle 50’s and 60’s in the winter and spring, and 70’s throughout summer and fall.
The arts are alive in Oakland. Oakland has one of the largest visual and performing arts communities on the West Coast, and the arts are celebrated on every level; from acclaimed symphony and ballet to museums, galleries, and small arts organizations. The Old Oakland district includes many of the finest examples of Victorian commercial architecture on the West Coast. Oakland’s population boomed after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, and the Broadway Historic District showcases a range of architectural treasures constructed between 1900-1949. Bold new buildings now shine in Oakland’s modern skyline. The Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building has been lauded for its use of space and sense of place.