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Oakland, CA (Population: 411,755)

Oakland, California is located on the eastern coast of the San Francisco Bay and had a population of 411,755 as of 2006. This makes it the third largest city in one of the most populated metropolitan areas in the United States. Originally populated by the Huchin tribe, the city was later claimed as part of New Spain. Oakland became a prosperous part of the United States after the Mexican-American War and the California Gold Rush. In the 1970s the city was home to the funk movement, with bands such as Sly and the Family Stone emerging from the area.

The nightlife in Oakland is well known, especially in the Rockridge area. Jack London Square is also a popular destination due to the selection of clubs, restaurants and movie theaters nearby. Yushi's, which is located here, is a favorite hot-spot for jazz fans. Other Oakland attractions include the Chabot Space and Science Center and the Morcom Rose Museum which is open in the summer months.

Popular festivals in the area are the Art and Soul Festival and the Tet Festival. The three-day Art and Soul Festival celebrates the Oakland arts scene with music and dance performances, music, theater and children's activities as well as visual art and vendors. The Tet festival is a celebration of the Vietnamese Lunar New Year. Short of Tet Nguyen Day, cuisine is a big part of the festival, and you can look forward to many traditional Vietnamese dishes at this festival. No matter what your favorite flavor is, you're sure to find what you're looking for in Oakland.