Oakland Park, Florida

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Oakland Park is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States. Originally named Floranada (a portmanteau of Florida and Canada), the town was forced into bankruptcy after the hurricane of 1926. When the town reincorporated, residents chose the name Oakland Park. As of 2006, the population estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau is 42,000[4] mainly due to annexation of North Andrews Gardens and Twin Lakes South. It is part of the South Florida metropolitan area, which is home to 5,463,857 people.[7]

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Geography

Oakland Park is located at 26°10′35″N 80°8′40″W / 26.17639°N 80.14444°W / 26.17639; -80.14444 (26.176362, -80.144509)[8]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.9 square miles (18 km2). 6.30 square miles (16 km2) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (2 km2) of it (8.70%) is water.

The City of Oakland Park is bisected by the Florida East Coast Railway,which runs parallel to Dixie Highway through downtown Oakland Park. 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.[9]

Demographics

As of the census[5] 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/mi² (1,897.8/km²). There were 14,500 housing units at an average density of 2,302.7/mi² (889.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 65.98% White (53.9% were Non-Hispanic White,)[10] 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.

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