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Complete Moving Guide to Oakland
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|With beautiful lake views and a hearty port industry, Oakland draws
plenty of people to the San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California. If you're
thinking of being an addition to this city in Alameda County, take a look at the
information below to help guide you through your decision-making
Whatever influence has led you to consider moving to Oakland,
your final evaluation should be an educated one. Here are some highlights about
the city and useful tips for moving:
Oakland ClimateOakland's climate is characterized by a seasonal
Mediterranean climate, and is ranked number one in climate among US cities by
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Its temperatures are much
like San Francisco and San Jose, with warm dry summers and damp mild winters.
The northern part of the city can have cool fog that generally dissipates during
the afternoon hours, leaving the rest of the day sunny and warm.
months between December and February generally do not drop lower than mid 40's,
with highs of mid 60's. Every other month has a typical range from low 50's to
Oakland residents may occasionally deal with movement from
earthquake faults, like the Hayward fault that runs through Oakland, Berkeley,
San Jose and neighboring areas.
Oakland NeighborhoodsOakland is divided into over 50
neighborhoods, which are spread out between the greater divisions of the city
that include: downtown Oakland and the greater Central Business District, Lake
Merritt, East Oakland, North Oakland, West Oakland and Oakland
More than half of Oakland is comprised of East Oakland and East
Oakland Hills. Lake Merritt is surrounded by downtown Oakland, Children's
Fairyland and Laney Community College, and has city neighborhoods that have a
more suburban tone to them than that of the urban scene of downtown. Locals
enjoy jogging and biking outdoors in these neighborhoods.
For more of an
upscale neighborhood, scope out Rockridge, with award-winning schools, boutique
shopping and easy access to public transportation.
Registering Your CarIn order to avoid any penalties, you must
register your vehicle within 20 days or entry or residency, according to the
state of California's DMV website. You will need an application for Title
or Registration signed by the owner as they appear on the out-of-state title,
the last issued out-of-state title, smog and weight certification (if
applicable), any fees or taxes, and the vehicle must be inspected by the
Upon moving to California, you have 10 days to acquire a California
driver's license. You will need to complete application form DL 44, give a
thumbprint, have your picture taken, and provide your full name and social
security number. You must also pay the application fee, pass a vision exam and
pass a traffic laws and signs test.
Oakland SchoolsOakland Unified School District serves the entire
city of Oakland, and includes 59 elementary schools, 23 middle schools and 19
high schools. OUSD also offers 4 different adult education schools as well as 9
alternative education programs. The three largest high schools in the district
are: Oakland High School, Oakland Technical High School and Skyline High School.
Some private high schools in the area include The College Preparatory School,
Head-Royce School, Catholic Bishop O'Dowd High School and St. Elizabeth High
As far as higher education in the area goes, Oakland has many
notable accredited colleges and universities, such as: Laney College, Merritt
College, California College of the Arts, Lincoln University and Patten
Oakland EmploymentAs of 2012, the unemployment rate in Oakland was at 8.5
percent, just slightly higher than the national average, but down from it's 10.1
percent average in 2010. The average household income is approximately $49,000
annually. Construction trades are part of the economy in Oakland, and the city
offers programs to learn these trades and help towards city planning and
Some other leading industries in the city are business and
health care services, wholesale retail and trade, transportation, food
processing, arts, culture and education. The Port of Oakland moves poultry,
animal feed, raw cotton, wood and lumber and many other goods, comprising over
200,000 jobs related to these goods.
Living Costs in the CityThe average cost of a home in Oakland
is just under $300,000, while the cost of living is over 35 percent higher than
the national average. Although the median household income falls just below
$50,000, households in more upscale areas bring in closer to $100,000 per year.
A one-bedroom apartment can range from $600-$1,700 per month based on the size,
neighborhood and amenities.
You utility bills will vary depending on if
you rent or own, as some of these costs may be included with the price of your
rent; however, homeowners generally pay separate fees for gas, electric, water
and garbage. Electric and gas bills can average between $100-$300 per month
depending on the size of your home and how much power you use.
tend to be higher in the Golden State, so be sure to factor that into your
commuting costs if you own a car.
Oakland Moving ResourcesMoving and storage companies are ready
and willing to help you with your move to Oakland, whether you're moving from
out of state or from another county in California. Make sure you get estimates
from multiple moving services before you commit to hiring any (at least three
estimates). Check back to our guides for tips on how to choose your moving
service wisely with important
questions to ask, differentiating between types
of estimates, and mistakes
to avoid. Visit the following pages at Movers.com to get quotes for the
Oakland TransportationAlmost a quarter of Oakland's population
depends on public transportation to commute to work. The city's regional and
long distance trains are serviced by Amtrak, with stations in Jack London Square
and Oakland Coliseum. Bus services used in Oakland are Alameda, Contra Costa
Transit Direct and Bay Area Rapid Transit. Jack London Square also has the
Alameda/Oakland Ferry, which goes between Jack London Square to Alameda, San
Francisco and Angel Island.
If you don't have a car, you can also get
around the city by taxi, or even a bicycle taxi service. Many bicycle lanes also
exist in the city, with more in the works, as it has one of the largest bicycle
commuter populations in the nation.
Major highways in the city include
the MacArthur Freeway (Interstate 580), Interstate 980, Interstate 880,
Interstate 80, SR 24 and SR 13.
Culture & Contemporary LifeOakland's nightlife is alive and
buzzing, with many bars and nightclubs that include modern lounges, jazz bars
and dance clubs. The Fox Oakland Theatre pulls in a number of different musical
performers including rock, blues, jazz, punk and reggae bands.
parks are in abundance in Oakland, including Joaquin Miller Park, Huckleberry
Botanic Regional Preserve, Morcom Rose Garden, and Lake Merritt.
major city, Oakland is considered one of the most ethnically diverse cities in
the country, having ethnic groups from various origins including countries like
Cuba, Japan, Mexico, Vietnam, China, Korea, and the Philippines, as well as
Pacific Islanders and Alaskan natives.
Oakland claims three professional
sports teams: Oakland Athletics (MLB - American League West), Oakland Raiders
(NFL - AFC West) and the Golden State Warriors (NBA - Pacific Division); the
Raiders and the A's share space at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum.
Oakland Relocation Tips
- Locals say parking around Lake Merritt isn't ideal, and many people rent
garages in the area. Keep an eye out for street parking in residential areas if
you own a car, but you may not even need to use it since many people use the
public transportation system.
- Lake Merritt boasts great farmer's markets - go there on Saturdays to enjoy
fresh produce and some live music.
- Like the diverse people, there's also diverse food! Open up your taste buds
to Mexican, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Ethiopian and other exotic food
- California DMV
Information on changing over your driver's
license and/or car registration for the state of California
Visit this website for information on local government,
departments, recreation, job opportunities and more
- Oakland Tribune
Get all your news updates from Oakland's
newspaper website including weather, sports, entertainment and classifieds
- City Government website
Learn about Oakland's government,
the City Administrator's Office and various departments
- The Official
Site of the Oakland Raiders
Information on Oakland's NFL team, schedule,
tickets and history
Author : Jenna Farmer
on April 3, 2013
Movers.com - Moving Expert