Piedmont, California

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Piedmont is a small, relatively affluent[1],residential community in Alameda County, California, United States. It is surrounded by the city of Oakland. The population was 10,952 at the 2000 census. Piedmont has a 100+ year history, having been incorporated in 1907 and having been developed significantly in the 1920's and 1930's. Piedmont was one of the "25 Top-Earning Towns" in CNN Money Magazine's list of 'The Best Places to Live in 2007, and was also named one of the "Best Places To Live-Urban Enclaves" in the United States in 2007 by Forbes. [2]



Piedmont is a small, primarily residential community with traditional architecture, tree-lined streets, and competitive public schools. Because of its school system, low crime rate, mild weather, and high property values, it is regarded as one of the many desirable residential family communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Piedmont was named one of the "25 Top-Earning Towns" in CNN Money Magazine's list of 'The Best Places to Live.'[3]

Piedmont is largely zoned for residential use. As with other wealthy Bay Area cities, Piedmont has minimal commerce compared with statistically similar cities, needing only property taxes as a base. Shopping, however, is plentiful in adjacent Oakland neighborhoods such as Piedmont Avenue, Montclair, Grand Lake, and Rockridge. Piedmont has a small commercial district in the center of town located on Highland Avenue, which includes a gas station, three banks (Citibank, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America), a realty office (Prudential Highland Partners), Mulberry's Market, and some professional offices. A small number of commercial enterprises also line Grand Avenue near Piedmont's southwest border with Oakland.

Located in the East Bay hills, Piedmont is surrounded on all sides by the city of Oakland. Piedmont provides its own fire and police services but does not have its own public library or federal post office; these services are shared with Oakland. Piedmont residents depend on neighboring communities for supermarkets and other commerce, property taxes on Piedmont real estate are not shared with Oakland.

The city is served by two local weekly newspapers: Piedmont Post and the Piedmonter, a neighborhood newspaper organized under the Contra Costa Times news organization.

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