Oakland Real Estate Market Overview
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Location and Weather
Oakland is a beautiful coastal city with 19 miles of coastline. It’s on the Pacific Coast, in the center, between Canada and Mexico. It is connected to the city of San Francisco by the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. The San Francisco bay gives residents beautiful views including the Golden Gate and Oakland bridges. Oakland has the only natural saltwater lake, Lake Merritt, within the city. The weather in Oakland is one of the best features with summer lows in the low 60’s and highs in the low 80’s.
Population, Job Market and Cost of Living
The population in 2018 was 429,082, with an annual growth rate of 1.23%. Oakland has a very diverse population with over 125 dialects and languages spoken. There is also more art in the city than any other city in the U.S. With many parks such as Tilden Regional Park, Jack London Square, and Lake Merritt, there are many opportunities to enjoy nature in such a beautiful place.
With Oakland being so close to San Francisco and such a desirable place to live and work, the cost of living is high. That high cost is primarily due to the Oakland real estate market where homes are expensive due to the demand for housing. The job market has increased by 1.4% over the last year. The 10-year predicted job growth is 35.3%. Oakland is the land of technology which is its largest industry. Health Care & Social Assistance and Educational Services are large employers as well. The Clorox Company, Glad, and Cost Plus World are major employers in Oakland.
With a diverse and vibrant city, outdoor recreation areas, good job growth and a welcoming temperate climate, Oakland will continue to see steady growth as more people seek the city out to live and work.