About Oakland: The Ideal Place to Live, Work, and Visit
Located on the east side of San Francisco Bay, Oakland offers 19 miles of coastline to the west and magnificent rolling hills to the east that afford one of the most beautiful views of the world – a crystal clear bay, the Golden Gate and Oakland Bay bridges, and the majestic Pacific Ocean.
Within its borders, Oakland features well-kept neighborhoods, a progressive, dramatically growing downtown, and superior cultural and recreational amenities. Some 80 different languages and dialects are spoken in the city, and a study conducted by the University of Wisconsin cited Oakland as being the most integrated city in the nation.
Designated as an All-American City in 1993, Oakland is the center of the East Bay trade area, and is rich in history, impressive growth and a promising future. It’s a city of transportation, of health care, of government, of sports, of education, and of arts and culture.
Recognized as a major transportation hub, Oakland is a city in which large corporate headquarters comfortably sit nearby traditional business and small shops.
The heart of the East Bay, Oakland is home to a wealth of activities and attractions.
The city is surrounded by sparkling bay waters and rolling hills dotted with redwood forests. Visitors can boat, bike and hike amid spectacular natural surroundings.
With San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean sitting at Oakland’s doorstep, travelers will find there is something fun and exciting for everyone who visits this cosmopolitan city.
Chamber of Commerce members represent a wide variety of visiting services to the metropolitan area. Please visit the links listed here for a list of members.
Visitors to Oakland can request a free pocket-size visitors guide, including information and photographs on hotels, restaurants, attractions and more to help you plan your visit to Oakland. To view the guide or request a copy, visit www.visitoakland.org, or call (510) 839-9000.
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Police & Fire
For Emergency call 911
Oakland Police Department (510)777-3333
Oakland Fire Department (510)238-3856
Please visit the Oakland Fire Department's site regarding disaster preparedness training. Offering comprehensive strategies and training in fire prevention, fire suppression, emergency medical services, and all risk mitigation including human-caused and natural disasters, emergency preparedness, 9-1-1 services, and community-based fire services.
Lakeshore and Lake Merritt
The Laurel District
Oakland Unified School District
California State University East Bay
Holy Names University
Samuel Merritt University
Bishop O'Dowd High School
A listing of more private schools
Alameda County Colleges & Universities:
Berkeley City College
California State University, East Bay
Las Positas College
University of California, Berkeley
Student Aid Resources:
California Cash for College Workshops
California Student Aid Commission
Federal Student Aid
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center
350 Hawthorne Ave., Oakland, (510)655-4000
747 52nd St. Oakland (510)428-3000
Fruitvale Healthcare Center
3020 East 15th St. , Oakland (510)261-5613
280 W. MacArthur Blvd., Oakland (510)752-1000
San Leandro Hospital
13855 East 14th St., San Leandro (510)357-6500
St. Rose Hospital
27200 Calaroga Ave., Hayward (510)264-4000
Gas and Electric
Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) (800) PGE-5000
East Bay Mud (EBMUD) (866) 403-2683
Waste Management (WM) (510) 613-8710
Alternative Language Centers
Chinese Service Center (800)281-2288
Hispanic Service Center (800)870-5855
Korean Service Center (800)300-6657
Vietnamese Service Center (800)300-5315
Stadiums, Arenas & Sports
In Oakland, we have the privilege to host three Bay Area teams. The Golden State Warriors, the Oakland A's, and the Oakland Raiders are all based here in Oakand. The Oakland Coliseum and the Oracle Arena both hold other events and concerts as well.
Stadiums & Arenas
Golden State Warriors
Parks & Trails
- Public Policy
- Economic Development
- Events & Programs