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We're Big - Oakland is the seventh largest city in the State of California and covers 54 square miles.

Saltwater in the City?! - Oakland is the only city in the world with a natural saltwater lake, Lake Merritt, wholly contained within its city boundaries.

Doing John Muir Proud - Oakland has over 80 parks providing opportunities for various leisure, recreational, and filming opportunities.

There's a lot of 'There' Here - Oakland has 50 locations in the National Register of Historic Places.

Eat to your Heart's Content - Oakland has more than 300 restaurants serving a variety of cuisines.

All Worshippers Welcome - There are 600 churches and temples representing tens of faiths in Oakland.

Ethnic Diversity - According to a University of Wisconsin study, Oakland is the most ethnically diverse city in the United States. At least 100 different languages and dialects are spoken in Oakland.

Museums, Museums, Museums - The internationally acclaimed Oakland Museum, with its tiered Babylonian style roof gardens, is the only attraction of its kind totally devoted to the natural sciences, history, and art of California.

And the Weather - Prentice Hall's Places Rated Almanac ranks Oakland number one in the United States for climate.

Asian Culture Thrives - The 24,000 square-foot Oakland Asian Cultural Center is the largest and most modern facility of its kind in North America.






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