Situated along the eastern shore of the San Francisco bay, the city of Oakland, California has seen a revitalization of business and cultural districts in the last decade. Also known as Oaktown, Oakland boasts a population of just over 404,000 residents and is the county seat for economically vibrant Alameda County. Oakland is the 8th largest city in the state and connected to San Francisco by the Bay Bridge.
Selected as a 2006 CNN Money magazine Best Place to Live, Oakland relies on its international commerce as the backbone of a growing economy. This global reputation is fostered by Oakland's strong rail, sea, and air shipping networks. Oakland's Community and Economic Development Agency lists over 75 major development projects that have contributed to Oakland's business allure.
The U.S. Census Bureau reports the 2002 per-capita income for the San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA metropolitan statistical area at $49,920. Some major employers in Oakland, CA are:
- Alaska Airlines
- University of California, Office of the President
- Rolls Royce Engine Services
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