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Living in Oakland

Oakland isn’t the Bay Area’s second city anymore. With its stunning location on the shores of Lake Merritt and proximity to Silicon Valley employers, it’s come into its own. The ethnically diverse population makes it a cultural playground for food, art, music, and more.

BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) and a well connected bus line make Oakland accessible from San Francisco, the East and South Bay. Want cred? The NRDC ranked Oakland as a sustainable city, recognizing Fruitvale as an icon of walkable and transit friendly living.

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Walk Score of Oakland, CA

Oakland is Somewhat Walkable

Some errands can be accomplished on foot.

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Fairyland

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Pasta Shop Wholesale

Oakland is the 9th most walkable large city in the US with 390,724 residents.

Oakland has good public transportation and is somewhat bikeable.

Find apartments in Oakland's most walkable neighborhoods: Downtown, Koreatown-Northgate and Pill Hill.

Oakland Apartments for Rent

View all Oakland apartments on a map. The average rent is $2,247 and the average home price is $535,625.

Rental info for Avalon Berkeley in the Oakland area
from $3,010
Studio
Walk Score 88
Rental info for Linvale Townhomes in the Oakland area
from $1,875
2 bed
Walk Score 84
Rental info for Shoreline Apartments in the Oakland area
from $1,650
Studio
Walk Score 36
Rental info for Aqua Via in the Oakland area
from $2,337
Studio
Walk Score 86
Rental info for Lakeview Towers in the Oakland area
from $1,875
1 bed
Walk Score 92
Rental info for Allegro at Jack London Square in the Oakland area
from $2,505
Rental info for Stadium Place in the Oakland area
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Studio
Walk Score 96
Rental info for Woodside in the Oakland area
from $1,570
1 bed
Walk Score 82

To view Oakland homes for sale sorted by Walk Score, visit Trulia.com.

Oakland Neighborhoods

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Population

1 Downtown 97 83 84 16,449
2 Koreatown-Northgate 97 75 95 2,507
3 Pill Hill 91 69 93 1,745
4 Piedmont Avenue 91 54 81 8,635
5 Temescal 91 68 95 4,271
6 Fruitvale Station 91 72 70 1,559
7 Hawthorne 90 70 68 3,140
8 Shafter 90 63 90 3,433
9 Saint Elizabeth 90 71 61 6,226
10 Merritt 90 71 90 2,723
11 Mosswood 89 71 96 2,301
12 Fairview Park 88 63 97 3,927
13 Produce and Waterfront 87 79 84 2,561
14 East Peralta 86 62 83 3,043
15 Bushrod 86 63 98 6,236
16 Golden Gate 85 52 78 1,719
17 Harrison St-Oakland Ave 85 62 87 3,891
18 Rockridge 85 58 78 3,447
19 Hoover-Foster 85 70 93 4,296
20 Lakeshore 85 48 61 3,641
21 Grand Lake 84 51 70 3,605
22 Oak Tree 84 66 69 3,207
23 Adams Point 84 62 84 9,902
24 Gaskill 83 56 83 1,838
25 Laurel 83 50 58 1,544
26 Santa Fe 83 60 96 3,463
27 Lower Dimond 83 53 58 1,762
28 Cleveland Heights 82 60 74 7,231
29 Ralph Bunche 81 68 87 1,740
30 Sausal Creek 81 57 53 2,366
31 McClymonds 81 62 90 2,888
32 Patten 81 56 51 2,772
33 Longfellow 81 70 91 5,855
34 Acorn 81 71 86 1,268
35 Paradise Park 81 54 84 2,594
36 Acorn Industrial 80 67 88 1,338
37 Clawson 80 58 88 2,954
38 Oak Center 80 72 85 3,082
39 Clinton 79 58 70 8,596
40 Fremont 79 55 53 5,236
41 Jingletown 78 66 85 2,070
42 School 78 55 55 1,837
43 Rancho San Antonio 78 55 73 5,495
44 Melrose 77 52 54 1,479
45 Upper Dimond 77 53 54 3,562
46 Ivy Hill 76 59 63 3,927
47 Havenscourt 76 56 62 5,909
48 Harrington 76 58 55 4,765
49 Hegenberger 75 58 61 2,421
50 Peralta Hacienda 75 55 53 2,950
51 Cypress Village 74 65 94 741
52 Wentworth Holland 74 51 56 2,270
53 Woodland 74 55 50 2,117
54 Meadow Brook 74 59 58 5,816
55 Upper Laurel 74 48 50 5,234
56 Frick 73 53 59 2,582
57 Glenview 73 52 53 5,398
58 Allendale 73 49 56 4,872
59 Arroyo Viejo 72 56 62 4,961
60 Eastmont 72 55 63 3,323
61 Bartlett 72 52 57 3,025
62 Trestle Glen 71 52 52 3,515
63 Jefferson 71 57 51 2,884
64 Highland 71 49 50 2,883
65 Durant Manor 71 52 60 1,247
66 North Stonehurst 71 48 55 4,354
67 Fitchburg 70 62 53 2,668
68 Lynn 70 54 64 1,207
69 Claremont Elmwood 70 44 51 15,299
70 Bella Vista 69 56 56 1,460
71 Iveywood 69 53 61 3,535
72 Seminary 69 54 56 5,821
73 Highland Park 68 54 54 861
74 Tuxedo 67 55 60 1,725
75 Elmhurst Park 67 47 49 2,985
76 South Prescott 67 64 89 1,399
77 Webster 67 53 58 5,407
78 Fairfax 66 50 44 2,310
79 Cox 66 53 59 3,862
80 Prescott 66 60 88 4,251
81 Las Palmas 65 52 60 1,914
82 Lockwood-Tevis 65 63 51 2,487
83 Reservoir Hill 64 56 51 1,331
84 Highland Terrace 63 56 56 4,522
85 Coliseum 63 67 54 3,251
86 Coliseum Industrial Complex 63 52 50 1,401
87 South Stonehurst 61 42 50 839
88 Castlemont 60 52 56 4,302
89 Foothill Square 60 49 43 1,196
90 Maxwell Park 59 50 42 5,706
91 Columbia Gardens 58 40 53 1,237
92 Toler Heights 57 48 31 2,388
93 Millsmont 57 51 34 5,112
94 Brookfield Village 55 38 48 4,045
95 Oakmore 54 43 33 3,674
96 Sheffield 52 33 42 703
97 Mills College 48 47 37 730
98 Redwood Heights 47 43 28 4,624
99 Crocker Highlands 47 46 36 2,369
100 Eastmont Hills 47 48 22 3,491
101 Lincoln Highlands 44 42 28 2,283
102 Montclair 43 29 33 4,873
103 Sobrante Park 42 38 43 3,136
104 Upper Rockridge 40 35 39 6,774
105 Woodminster 27 31 14 1,560
106 Oak Knoll Golf Links 26 41 10 1,550
107 Glen Highlands 24 20 23 1,357
108 Crestmont 23 32 10 1,065
109 Merriwood 22 13 17 3,996
110 Leona Heights 22 39 12 901
111 Sequoyah 18 7 11 4,315
112 Shepherd Canyon 18 6 21 1,330
113 Piedmont Pines 16 20 13 3,103
114 Chabot Park 15 16 8 2,916
115 Caballo Hills 10 29 5 2,051
116 Forestland 8 - 14 1,484
117 Skyline-Hillcrest Estates 3 16 4 1,153

thumbnail for FairylandFairyland has been a wonderful resource to the family-based community for as long as I can remember. In a Storybook-esque environment, Fairyland offers its patrons a whimsical experience. Plus they have adult nights once a year opening the park up to a 21 and up audience with adult beverages!

Sean Delizo
on Fairyland

Transit Score of Oakland, CA

Oakland has Good Transit

Many nearby public transportation options. Find Oakland apartments for rent near public transit.

Public Transit Routes

Oakland has good public transportation and about 46 bus, 4 rail and 5 subway lines.

Transit Time

The map above shows how far you can travel in 30 minutes from Oakland on public transit.

icon for car shares in Oakland

Oakland has about 116 car shares from City CarShare, RelayRides, Zipcar and Getaround.

Neighborhood Guides

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9th and Washington, Oakland, CA 94607

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Preservation Park

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Old Town Square Condos

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canondill graffiti

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Jack London Square

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Lake Merritt

Bike Score of Oakland, CA

Oakland is Bikeable

Some bike infrastructure.

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Crime in Oakland

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Each year in Oakland, 51 violent crimes and 82 property crimes occur per 1,000 people.

Use our crime maps to find an apartment for rent in a safe Oakland neighborhood.

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What's It Like to Live in Oakland?

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Oakland's Prettiest Crosswalk

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USS Potomac

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Fitzgerald Park

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Martin Luther King Super Stop

Overview

Oakland isn’t the Bay Area’s second city anymore. With its stunning location on the shores of Lake Merritt and proximity to Silicon Valley employers, it’s come into its own. The ethnically diverse population makes it a cultural playground for food, art, music, and more. While the city still struggles with its crime issues, it’s also working hard at remodeling itself around sustainable development principals. The NRDC ranked Oakland as a sustainable city, recognizing Fruitvale as an icon of walkable and transit friendly living.

Oakland is just six miles across the Bay from San Francisco and it’s close to academic Berkeley, the waterfront city of Emeryville where Pixar makes its home. Oakland was the end of the line for the Transcontinental Railway and remains a busy hub for shipping via land and sea – it’s the fifth most active port city in the United States.

Kaiser Permanente is here, insurance giant GEICO, Dreyer’s ice cream, and cleaning products company Clorox. The tech scene is growing – Pandora Radio, Ask.com, and more and more startups are eyeing Oakland as an alternative to pricy San Francisco. The city’s tax incentives to new businesses are attracting players in high tech and digital media.

It would be naive to ignore Oakland’s crime; you need a lock on your bike and a lock on your door. The city continues to invest in public safety and police services. Oakland is a city that is changing for the better, and people who choose to make their lives here love the diversity, the way it’s connected to the greater Bay Area, and its affordability.

Photo of Martin Luther King, Junior Elementary School in Oakland

Martin Luther King, Junior Elementary School

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Fentons Creamery

Getting Around

Oakland’s international airport is a great alternative to SFO – flights often leave Oakland with no problem while SFO is cloaked in fog. BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) and a well connected bus line make Oakland accessible from San Francisco, Fremont, Richmond, and points East. BART allows bicycles on their trains, so a bike and public transit commute is very doable. BikeLink, a service that provides secure bike lockers, has services at most of the regional BART stations if you don’t want to take your bike with you. The region is hilly, so you’ll need strong legs to be a bike commuter. Oakland plans to lay down over 200 miles of designated bike lanes, so they’re serious about making it a good place for cyclists.

AC Transit operates bus service in Oakland and throughout the East Bay. There are express lines from Oakland to Berkeley and to Contra Costa College and TransBay bus lines will take you to San Francisco.

Trains run from Oakland south to San Jose or east to Sacramento from Oakland’s Amtrak station. For now, most residents moving to Oakland will probably want a car from time to time, but CityCar Share has hundreds of car share stations throughout the Bay Area, so you don’t really need to have your own.

thumbnail for Pasta Shop WholesaleThis farmers market is hosted by Phat Beets. Although small, the produce is great and plentiful. The restaurant is also open, so grab some food, enjoy the weather and your produce all in one go! #paradisepark

Julee Lee
on Pasta Shop Wholesale

Neighborhoods

Downtown Oakland is connected to everything you want – you can walk everywhere, you’re never far from transit, and there’s good street life – restaurants and cafes, shopping – here. You’ll find some nice condos in new buildings – studios up to two bedrooms, some of them in gated complexes or security buildings.

Close to downtown, surrounding Lake Merritt, you can find attractive remodeled apartments in smaller buildings, places with bay windows, hardwood floors, some of them with nice city views.

The award winning Fruitvale Village has one and two bedroom apartments in this intentionally developed community that’s right on the BART line. The area was developed with street level business and residential units from the second floor up.

If you’re willing to compromise on walkability, there are some lovely neighborhoods in the Oakland Hills; they’ve got a completely different vibe from the urban heart of the city. Piedmont has classic single family homes, you can find a four bedroom house with a fireplace, or a big craftsman style property with a stone patio and plenty of privacy.

A bit north, in Emeryville, is where you’ll find the brand new condos, green built complexes with gourmet kitchens, or loft like spaces with lots of shared amenities like onsite gyms or swimming pools. To the south, there are some newer complexes at Produce and Waterfront, located right near Oakland’s famous Jack London Square. And to the southwest, there’s Alameda, an island in the bay that’s got adorable little stucco duplexes, some attractive Spanish California style single family homes, and some spectacular waterfront palaces with remarkable views across the bay.

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Piedmont Grocery

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canondill graffiti

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People Of Oakland: The Gardener

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Oakland Flower Market

Piedmont Avenue, Temescal, and Rockridge are becoming Oakland’s hipster magnets, the kind of neighborhoods where you’ll find artisanal sandwiches next to organic coffee bars next to independent galleries next to comic book shops. Piedmont will cost you more than downtown, but you might find that perfect studio in an apartment with Spanish style tile detailing. There are dozens of restaurants, bars, and cafes in Temescal, all easy to walk to. Rockridge, in North Oakland, claims that the main drag, College Avenue, is home to the cities finest dining and wine bars. Rockridge is also one Oakland’s wealthier neighborhoods.

Understanding Oakland neighborhoods is, well, it’s complicated. There are beautiful historic mansions in the Oakland hills, warehouses converted into super chic new lofts along the water, and a gritty but exciting downtown. There are some tradeoffs around walkablity – some of the most walkable neighborhoods are those with the highest crime rates. But Oakland is evolving and those who choose to live there now may find they’re investing in the future of California’s next great city.

thumbnail for Oakland's Prettiest CrosswalkA decorated crosswalk in Oakland Chinatown that makes crossing the street feel special.

Jessica Pfeifer
on Oakland's Prettiest Crosswalk

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Jack London Square

Photo of Jack London Square in Oakland

Jack London Square

thumbnail for Fox TheaterAn Art Deco lover's dream live music venue. The architectural details inside this theater make seeing concerts here a memorable experience.

Jessica Pfeifer
on Fox Theater

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