Oakland Park, Florida
|Oakland Park, Florida|
|City of Oakland Park|
Oakland Park's City Hall in July 2009
|Motto: "A City On The Move!"|
Location of Oakland Park in Broward County, Florida
|Country||United States of America|
|Settled (as Colahatchee)||1910|
|Incorporated (as Floranada)||November 25, 1925|
|Incorporated (as Oakland Park)||June 19, 1929|
|• Mayor||Shari L. McCartney|
|• City Manager||David Hebert|
|• Assistant City Manager||Horace Mchugh|
|• City||8.1 sq mi (21.1 km2)|
|• Land||7.5 sq mi (19.3 km2)|
|• Water||0.7 sq mi (1.8 km2)|
|Elevation||9 ft (1 m)|
|• Density||5,545/sq mi (2,141.0/km2)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|ZIP code||33304-33309, 33311, 33334|
|Area code(s)||754, 954|
|GNIS feature ID||0288013|
Oakland Park, officially the City of Oakland Park, is a city in Broward County, Florida. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city's population was 41,363, mainly due to annexation of North Andrews Gardens and Twin Lakes South. It is part of the Miami–Fort Lauderdale–Pompano Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area, which was home to 5,564,635 people at the 2010 census.
Oakland Park is located at  According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.1 square miles (21.1 km2). 7.5 square miles (19.3 km2) of it is land and 0.69 square miles (1.8 km2) of it (8.40%) is water.(26.176362, -80.144509).
Oakland Park is bisected by the Florida East Coast Railway, which runs parallel to Dixie Highway through the city's downtown. The City of Oakland Park has put into place new zoning regulations intended to transform downtown Oakland Park into a mixed-use pedestrian community. One element of the proposal is the creation of a new commuter rail station on the FEC rail line.
Oakland Park borders the city of Wilton Manors, which is experiencing a tremendous amount of new development. Increased property prices in Wilton Manors have pushed up prices in Oakland Park and spurred interest in the city's downtown redevelopment plan.
As of the census of 2000, there were 30,000 people, 13,502 households, and 6,940 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,914.7 per square mile (1,897.8/km²). There were 14,500 housing units at an average density of 2,302.7 per square mile (889.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 65.98% White (53.9% were Non-Hispanic White,) 22.65% African American, 0.23% Native American, 1.94% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 4.45% from other races, and 4.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.94% of the population.
There were 13,502 households out of which 24.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.3% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 48.6% were non-families. 35.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 3.00.
In the city the population was spread out with 20.9% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 38.7% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 10.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 109.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 109.8 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $35,493, and the median income for a family was $38,571. Males had a median income of $30,269 versus $25,514 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,873. About 13.3% of families and 16.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.1% of those under age 18 and 11.3% of those age 65 or over.
As of 2000, English as a first language comprised 66.52%, while 18.16% spoke Spanish, 6.95% spoke French Creole as theirs, 3.32% spoke Portuguese, 1.99% spoke French, Italian was at 0.64%, and German as a mother tongue made up 0.52% of the population.
As of 2000, Oakland Park was the fifteenth most Brazilian-populated area in the US (tied with several other areas) at 2.1%, and it had the twenty-fifth highest percentage of Haitians in the US, with 7% of the population (tied with Ramapo, New York.)
Also, as of 2000, the North Andrews Gardens section of Oakland Park is the sixty-third most Cuban-populated area in the US at 5.76%, while the rest of Oakland Park had the 113th highest percentage of Cubans with 2.03% of all residents. The North Andrews Gardens section was also the thirty-third most Peruvian-populated area in the US, at 1.51% of the population, as well as having the seventy-fourth highest percentage of Colombians in the US, at 2.03% of all residents.
Government and infrastructure
The United States Postal Service operates post offices in Oakland Park, including the Oakland Park Post Office at 3350 NE 12th Avenue, the Fort Lauderdale Main Post Office at 1900 West Oakland Park Boulevard, the North Andrews Annex at 3400 North Andrews Avenue, and the North Ridge Annex at 4350 North Andrews Avenue.
Also home to Oakland Park is the Funky Buddha Brewery, a facility that produces beers unique to the South Florida market, it's most popular arguably being Hop Gun. 
Oakland Park is a part of the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood media market, which is the twelfth largest radio market and the seventeenth largest television market in the United States. Its primary daily newspapers are the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and The Miami Herald, and their Spanish language counterparts El Sentinel and El Nuevo Herald.
The city is served by Broward County Public Schools.
Oakland Park High School is scheduled to be opened for the 2015-2016 school year.
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