Oakland Fun Facts
List of airports near Oakland:
- Oakland International Airport
Oakland's police force has dropped to 612 officers, down from more than 800 in 2009, and far below the 925 recommended by the city's strategic plan, but Oakland recently started to rebuild its force by hiring more often and recently graduating 34 officers.
Oakland was ranked the 4th most diverse city in America, with an overall diversity score of 91.4.
Oakland is served by the Oakland Tribune, which published its first newspaper on February 21, 1874.
In late 1996, Oakland was the center of a controversy surrounding Ebonics (African American Vernacular English), an ethnolect the outgoing Oakland Unified School District board voted to recognize on December 18.
Oakland is located in California, United States of America.
In 1853, John Coffee "Jack" Hays, a famous Texas Ranger, was one of the first to establish residence in Oakland while performing his duties as sheriff of San Francisco.
In 2012, Oakland was named the top North American city to visit, highlighting its growing number of sophisticated restaurants and bars, top music venues, and increasing nightlife appeal.
The unemployment rate of Oakland was 9.58% in the year 2008.
Most public schools in Oakland are operated by the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), which covers the entire city of Oakland; due to financial troubles and administrative failures, it has been in receivership by the state of California since 2002.
Oakland was the center of a general strike during the first week of December 1946, one of six cities across the country that experienced such a strike after World War II.
Historically, Oakland was served by several railroads.
Oakland is one of the most ethnically diverse major cities in the country.
Sample list of tourist attractions in Oakland:
- Pardee Home
- Dunsmuir House
- Joaquin Miller Park
- Jack London Square
- Chabot Space and Science Center
- 16th Street Station
- Lake Merritt
- Oakland Zoo
- Children's Fairyland
- Oakland Museum of California
Oakland's official website is http://www.oaklandnet.com/
In 2011, Oakland was ranked the 10th most walkable city in the United States.
There were about 61,192 mortgages in Oakland in the year 2008 according to data from United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The oakland was designated the United States' first official wildlife refuge in 1870.
Oakland's geo-coordinates are 37.8044° N, 122.2708° W.
The various streetcar companies operating in Oakland were acquired by Francis "Borax" Smith and consolidated into what eventually became known as the Key System, the predecessor of today's publicly owned AC Transit.
Oakland is widely regarded as being one of the most liberal major cities in the nation.
Based on data gathered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Oakland is ranked No.
Oakland is about 202.02 square kilometers with a population of 395,817 in the year 2011.
In October 1928, Oakland was used as a base for the World War I aircraft involved in the final filming of Howard Hughes' Hell's Angels.
In the late 1860s, Oakland was selected as the western terminal of the Transcontinental Railroad.
There were 150,971 households in Oakland in the year 2008 according to data from United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Sample list of famous events happened in Oakland:
- NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
- Port of Oakland dock protest
- UNLV-Loyola Marymount 1990 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament Game
- Oakland police shootings
- BART Police shooting of Oscar Grant
- Nebula Awards
- San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival
- Google bus protests
- Arab Film Festival
Sample list of newspapers published in Oakland:
- Oakland Tribune
- Laney Tower
- Inter-City Express
The racial makeup of Oakland was 134,925 (34.5%) White (non-Hispanic White 25.9%), 109,471 (28.0%) African American, 3,040 (0.8%) Native American, 65,811 (16.8%) Asian (8.7% Chinese, 2.2% Vietnamese, 1.6% Filipino, 0.7% Cambodian, 0.7% Laotian, 0.6% Korean, 0.5% Japanese, 0.5% Indian, 0.1% Mongolian), 2,222 (0.6%) Pacific Islander (0.3% Tongan), 53,378 (13.7%) from other races, and 21,877 (5.6%) from two or more races.
As one of the three major ports on the West Coast of the United States, the Port of Oakland is the largest seaport on San Francisco Bay and the fifth busiest container port in the United States.
List of sports teams from Oakland:
- Oakland Athletics ( Baseball )
- Oakland Raiders ( American football )
- Golden State Warriors ( Basketball )
Population of Oakland was 395,817 in the year 2011.
Stein wrote the sentence upon learning that the neighborhood in which she had lived as a child had been torn down to make way for an industrial park; over time, the quote has been misconstrued to refer to Oakland as a whole.
There were about 4,941 foreclosures in Oakland in the year 2008 according to data from United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The Port of Oakland is the busiest port for San Francisco Bay and all of Northern California.
Sample list of films shot in Oakland:
- Magnum Force ( starring Clint Eastwood as Harry Callahan, Hal Holbrook as Lt. Neil Briggs, Mitchell Ryan as Officer Charlie McCoy )
- Mona Lisa Smile ( starring Julia Roberts as Katherine Ann Watson, Kirsten Dunst as Betty Warren, Julia Stiles as Joan Brandwyn )
- Howard the Duck ( starring Lea Thompson as Beverly Switzler, Chip Zien as Howard the Duck, Jeffrey Jones as Dr. Walter Jenning )
- A View to a Kill ( starring Roger Moore as James Bond, Grace Jones as May Day, Christopher Walken as Max Zorin )
- Harold and Maude ( starring Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort, Vivian Pickles )
- Inside Moves ( starring John Savage, Diana Scarwid, Tony Burton )
- Predator 2 ( starring Danny Glover as Lieutenant Mike Harrigan, Gary Busey as Peter Keyes, Rubén Blades as Danny Archuleta )
- Basic Instinct ( starring Michael Douglas as Nick Curran, Sharon Stone as Catherine Tramell, George Dzundza as Gus )
- Mrs. Doubtfire ( starring Robin Williams as Euphegenia Doubtfire, Sally Field as Miranda Hillard, Pierce Brosnan as Stuart 'Stu' Dunmeyer )
- Fearless ( starring Jeff Bridges as Max Klein, Isabella Rossellini as Laura Klein, Tom Hulce )
- Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home ( starring Leonard Nimoy as Spock, James Doohan as Montgomery Scott, George Takei as Hikaru Sulu )
- So I Married an Axe Murderer ( starring Mike Myers as Charlie Mackenzie, Nancy Travis as Harriet Michaels, Anthony LaPaglia as Tony Giardino )
- Sneakers ( starring Robert Redford as Martin 'Marty' Bishop, Dan Aykroyd as Darren 'Mother' Roskow, Ben Kingsley as Cosmo )
- The Matrix Reloaded ( starring Keanu Reeves as Neo, Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus, Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity )
- Top Gun ( starring Adrian Pasdar as Chipper, Kelly McGillis as Charlotte 'Charlie' Blackwood, Val Kilmer as Lt. Tom 'Iceman' Kazansky )
- What Dreams May Come ( starring Robin Williams as Chris Nielsen, Annabella Sciorra as Annie Collins-Nielsen, Cuba Gooding, Jr. as Albert Lewis )
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit ( starring Bob Hoskins as Eddie Valiant, Charles Fleischer as Roger Rabbit, Christopher Lloyd as Judge Doom )
- Steelyard Blues ( starring Jane Fonda as Iris Caine, Peter Boyle as Eagle Thornberry, Donald Sutherland )
- The Assassination of Richard Nixon ( starring Sean Penn as Samuel J. Bicke, Don Cheadle as Bonny Simmons, Naomi Watts as Marie Andersen Bicke )
- The Mistress of Spices ( starring Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as Tilo, Dylan McDermott as Doug, Ayesha Dharker as Hameeda )
- The Candidate ( starring Robert Redford as Bill McKay, Peter Boyle as Marvin Lucas, Michael Lerner )
- Limbo Lounge ( starring Ronnie Marmo as Silas, Robyn Cohen as Jules, Tamara Braun as Anya )
- Moneyball ( starring Brad Pitt as Billy Beane, Philip Seymour Hoffman as Art Howe, Jonah Hill as Peter Brand )
- Everything Strange and New ( starring Beth Lisick as Reneé, Jerry McDaniel as Wayne, Rigo Chacon Jr. as Leo )
- Watch Horror Films, Keep America Strong!
- Arena ( starring Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, Andrew Taylor )
Oakland is served by major television stations broadcasting primarily out of San Francisco and San Jose.
In 2014, Oakland was amongst the best cities to start a career, the highest ranked city in California after San Francisco.
Sample list of people who were the mayor of Oakland:
- Jean Quan ( Current Mayor, from 03 Jan 2011 )
- Ron Dellums ( Mayor, from 08 Jan 2007 to 03 Jan 2011 )
- Jerry Brown ( Mayor, from 04 Jan 1999 to 08 Jan 2007 )
- Elihu Harris ( Mayor, from 1991 to 1999 )
- Samuel Merritt ( Mayor, from 1867 to 1869 )
Oakland is in the Pacific Time Zone.
There were 161,357 addresses in Oakland in the year 2008 according to data from United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Oakland is continually listed among the top cities in the United States for sustainability practices, including a No.
Many of the large downtown office buildings, apartment buildings, and single-family houses still standing in Oakland were built during the 1920s; and they reflect the architectural styles of the time.
Census Bureau’s 2011 American Community Survey, Oakland moved into 7th place in the nation by percentage of people that choose to commute by bike in 2011.
There are nearly 200,000 jobs related to marine cargo transport in the Oakland area.
Sample list of famous people who were born in Oakland:
- Harry Partch ( Composer and Musician )
- Kirk Morrison ( American football player and Actor )
- Ron Dellums ( Politician, Social Worker and Teacher )
- David M. McIntosh ( Politician, Attorney at law and Official )
- Jo Van Fleet ( Actor )
- Lyndsy Fonseca ( Actor )
- Brandon Lee ( Actor and Martial Artist )
- Max Baer, Jr. ( Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director and Film Producer )
- Shemar Moore ( Actor and Fashion Model )
- Eddie Anderson ( Actor and Comedian )
- Jeff Hanneman ( Guitarist, Songwriter and Musician )
- Justin McRoberts ( Songwriter and Singer )
- Alex Steffen ( Writer, Public speaker and Editor )
- Craig Baldwin ( Film Director, Actor, Screenwriter, Film Producer, Film Editor, Teacher and Filmmaker )
- Deborah Driggs ( Nude Glamour Model and Actor )
- Goapele ( Singer, Singer-songwriter and Actor )
- George Stevens ( Film Director, Cinematographer, Screenwriter, Film Producer and Actor )
- John Markoff ( Journalist and Writer )
- Jon Barry ( Basketball player )
- Jon Faddis ( Trumpeter, Conductor and Composer )
- David Berg
- Paul F. Lorence
- Harry W. Hill
- Fernando J. Corbató ( Computer Scientist )
- John A. Nejedly ( Lawyer )
- Julian Nash
- Marviel Underwood ( American football player )
- Manny Fernandez ( American football player )
- Chris Burford ( American football player )
- Mike Sherrard ( American football player )
- Bob Grim ( American football player )
- Gerris Wilkinson ( American football player )
- Marcus Williams ( American football player )
- Shaun Williams ( American football player )
- Langston Walker ( American football player )
- Lorenzo Lynch ( American football player )
- Jarrad Page ( American football player )
- Quinton Ganther ( American football player )
- Marlin Briscoe ( American football player )
- Steve DeBerg ( American football player and Coach )
- MacArthur Lane ( American football player )
- Gordon Gravelle ( American football player )
- Marvel Smith ( American football player )
- Donnie Spragan ( American football player )
- Phil McKinnely ( American football player )
- Alex Wayne
- Drew Gooden ( Basketball player )
- Dontrelle Willis ( Baseball player )
- Jason Douglas
- Paul Pierce ( Basketball player )
The principal depot of the Southern Pacific in Oakland was the 16th Street Station located at 16th and Wood, which is currently being restored as part of a redevelopment project.
Sunday August 31, 2014