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    (May 4, 1852- )
    Located in California, east of San Francisco
    Population: 399,484 (2000 Census)
    County Seat of Alameda County
    It is notorious for having high crime and a failing public education system.
    It is one of the highest crime-laden cities in California.
    The Black Panther Party was founded here (1966).
    The Oakland Hills firestorm killed 25 people, injured 150, destroyed thousands of homes and left Oakland with $1.5 Billion in damages.
    In 2004, the average house price was $955,000.
    Even though nearby San Francisco is known for having clean air, its air is significantly worse.
    The city has gone downhill when its manufacturing industry ended following the end of World War II.
    It was home to a large amount of naval shipbuilding during World War II.
    It is home to the Oakland Raiders (NFL), the Oakland A’s (MLB), and the Golden State Warriors (NBA).
    It was a major rail terminus in 1870s.
    It is the headquarters of the University of California.
    MC Hammer, Clint Eastwood, Mark Hammil, Mark Curry, Peter Buck, and Jason Kidd were raised in Oakland.

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