Piedmont is the most affluent city in Alameda County with a population of approximately 11,000. It is a small, 1.7 square mile, primarily residential community in the East Bay hills surrounded by Oakland with a low crime rate and highly rated schools. It has 3 elementary, one middle school, 2 high schools and one adult school. With fine architecture, tree-lined streets, good weather, and high property values, it is regarded as one of the most desirable residential communities in the San Francisco Bay area. It has many grand homes, some of which are historically and architecturally significant, as well as some smaller Piedmont bungalows. It has a very small commercial area along Highland Avenue, yet Piedmont residents do not have to go far to shop in the adjacent Oakland neighborhoods of Piedmont Ave., Montclair and Grand Lake. Within its borders are several parks and a community center. Piedmont provides its own fire and police services, but the public library, post office, and (3) zip codes are all shared with Oakland. The two local weekly newspapers are the “Piedmonter” and the “Piedmont Post.”
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