Towns Named Oakland

Oakland is a fun destination until you get to Missouri. Rand McNally’s guidelines place Oakland, MO in the Kansas City area while it is, in fact, a suburb of St. Louis and a community I am not familiar with even though I grew up in this city.

Oakland is not worth doing as a “Towns Named” subject. There are simply too many of them. The experts tell you that there are 36 or so towns named Oakland in the United States. This is understandable because the oak tree is so common here. You are led to believe that there are Oaklands in 36 states.

Here’s the real story. The largest Oakland is the city in the Bay Area of California across from San Francisco. According to statisticians, more than 390,000 people including my brother and Julia Morgan fans live there. However, there are several towns with oak in their names in the Golden State, which apparently has many, many oak trees. There are towns in California named Oakhurst, Oakdale, Oak View, Oak Park, and Oak Hills, but there is only one Oakland.

This is true of many states. There may be an Oakland in a particular state, but there are other towns with “oak” in their names too. There are genuine towns named Oakland in only 13 states. They are Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania and California. For those who are counting, this add up to only 12. The fact is that there are 2 legit Oaklands in Pennsylvania. One of them is in Johnstown, where they once had a killer flood, and the other is northwest of Pittsburgh near New Castle.

I have verified the existence of all the Oaklands so far. What I have not done is check out the existence of the Oaklands that remain in the other states like Delaware, Rhode Island, and Minnesota. There’s an Oakland City in the state of Indiana, for example. Most of these other Oaklands are very small as in unincorporated but not all of them. That chore remains for another day.

Hank

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