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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 Very Walkable

Most 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 Piedmont Avenue.

Oakland Apartments for Rent

View all Oakland apartments on a map. The average rent is $2,637 and the average home price is $499,000.

Rental info for Surfside in the Oakland area
from $1,899
1 bed
Walk Score 77
Rental info for Allegro at Jack London Square in the Oakland area
from $2,430
Rental info for Garden Court in the Oakland area
from $1,800
1 bed
Walk Score 72
Rental info for Artistry Emeryville in the Oakland area
from $2,085
Studio
Walk Score 79
Rental info for Berkeley Apartments - Fine Arts in the Oakland area
from $2,794
Rental info for Parc on Powell in the Oakland area
from $2,760
Studio
Walk Score 86
Rental info for Bay Street Apartments in the Oakland area
from $2,757
1 bed
Walk Score 76
Rental info for Icon at Park in the Oakland area
from $3,315
1 bed
Walk Score 75

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

Oakland Neighborhoods

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Population

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

Eating & Drinking

There are about 1,545 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Oakland.

People in Oakland can walk to an average of 2 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in 5 minutes.

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Jack London Square

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Telegraph Beer Garden

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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 45 bus, 1 rail and 6 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

Thinking of renting an apartment or buying in Oakland? Ask our neighborhood guides a question.

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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, 7 violent crimes and 13 property crimes occur per 1,000 people.

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

Pick a neighborhood to see crime maps or type an address to see the Crime Grade for that location.

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

Photo of Fentons Creamery in Oakland

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.

Photo of Ashby Av:Hillegass Av in Oakland

Ashby Av:Hillegass Av

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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

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Jack London Square

thumbnail for USS PotomacBoard the “Floating White House,” an old U.S. Navy vessel that also served as President Roosevelt’s yacht. Take a tour of the bay and learn about the history of the city. #musuem #historicplace Photo: USS Potomac

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on USS Potomac

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