The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the city of Oakland is fewer than 60 square miles in size. The density of the city makes it easy for student at Oakland colleges to get around on foot, by bicycle, or using public transportation. The Bay Area is served by several bus systems, a ferry system and the BART transit system.Oakland students can find plenty of activities to enjoy within the city. Top choices include: the Oakland Museum of California; the Chabot Space and Science Center; the Jack London Square dining, shopping and entertainment center; Oakland's Chinatown; and major league baseball, football and basketball. Students can also easily travel to a number of interesting nearby cities including San Francisco and Berkeley. Day trips range from the beach boardwalk of Santa Cruz to the wine country in Napa.
Working in Oakland, CA
Working in Oakland can profitable for grads of Oakland universities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the 2009 mean annual income in the area is $54,590, considerably higher than the $43,460 that is the national average. The majority of workers in the region are employed in the following industries:
- Office and administrative jobs
- Food preparation and serving
- Education, training and libraries
However, Oakland's unemployment rate is also a bit higher than the national average of 9.5 percent; it was 11.7 percent as of July 2010. The cost of living in Oakland is also about 36 percent higher than average--a number due mostly to the high cost of housing in and around the desirable San Francisco Bay Area.