Oakland is a city on the East Bay section of the San Francisco Bay in California.
Oakland is often described as "The City Across the Bay," "the Town," and various other names comparing it as to be basically San Francisco's younger brother. Oakland is most well-known for its three sports teams, the NFL's Raiders, the MLB's Athletics, and the NBA's Golden State Warriorsnote , high crime rate, and for being the ending-point of the Transcontinental Railroad.
The population currently stands at 420,000, making Oakland the 45th-largest city in America. It is a major West Coast port, in fact one of the five most important ports in the country.
Media set in Oakland
- The opening and closing scenes of Black Panther take place in Oakland, in reference to the political party of the same name that was founded there (and the fact that it's director Ryan Coogler's hometown).
- Sorry to Bother You entirely takes place here.
- Blindspotting is also entirely set here, complete with slang and the commentary on the city's rapidly increasing rate of gentrification, with the leads/writers hailing from the city.
- The later seasons of Sons of Anarchy are often set in Oakland away from the eponymous motorcycle gang's homebase of Charming (a fictional town located 50 miles from Oakland).
- "iii. Telegraph Ave ("Oakland" by Lloyd)" by Childish Gambino is about The Boy, the main character of because the internet, driving from Los Angeles to Oakland to visit his ex-girlfriend while the fictional song "Oakland" plays on the radio.
- Watch_Dogs 2 features Oakland as part of its Bay Area setting, where it is also the hometown of the game's protagonist.
- Takotsubo: The story of a superhero on HitRECord is a Deconstruction of the Superhero Origin that follows Cord Cai, an Asian-American gangster who lives there. Oakland's unfortunate reputation as a Wretched Hive features heavily, since the twenty-something Cord spent his life trying to get out of the streets, only to start a gang in despair after his fiance dies. Word of God says that Cord is a superhero but can't acknowledge it due to Internalized Categorism, and the tagline states that "Despite his own beliefs, he is in fact a hero."