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20 Cities You Don't Want to Live In...Yet

The Oakland-Fremont-Hayward area has an unemployment rate of 10.9 percent and the city has one of the highest crime rates in the U.S. Oakland is just minutes to downtown San Francisco and has one of the best mass transit systems in the U.S., Sperling says. Plus, several world-class universities are nearby. It has a Mediterranean climate and offers beautiful views of San Francisco Bay. Several major corporations call it home, including Kaiser Permanente and Clorox. It’s also a major West Coast p

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Oakland, CA

The Bad: The Oakland-Fremont-Hayward area has an unemployment rate of 10.9 percent and the city has one of the highest crime rates in the U.S.


The Good: Oakland is just minutes to downtown San Francisco and has one of the best mass transit systems in the U.S., Sperling says. Plus, several world-class universities are nearby. It has a Mediterranean climate and offers beautiful views of San Francisco Bay. Several major corporations call it home, including Kaiser Permanente and Clorox. It’s also a major West Coast port, with an estimated 200,000 jobs in marine shipping.


The Recovery: The unemployment rate, while high, is down from 11.5 percent in September, and container traffic to this port city is up 14 percent. The city recently struck a deal with China Merchants Holdings to boost cross-Pacific trading. And new mayor Jean Quan is a tireless champion of the city, traveling to New York and Washington, DC, recently to speak about jobs and trade with China.

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