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Oakland Celebrates "Most-Exciting" Status

It's never boring in Oakland -- and there's a survey to prove it.



    Oakland Celebrates "Most-Exciting" Status
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    The Warriors are only one reason why life in Oakland is exciting -- and in fact, the basketball team's success wasn't even on the list. A young, diverse population and lots of bars and restaurants have propelled Oaktown to the top of the list of America's most-thrilling places.

    Never boring, life in Oakland is in fact exciting -- most exciting living around, as it happens.

    Oakland is the United States's most-exciting city, a real estate Web site declared last week -- and now, the city of Oakland is celebrating.

    Based upon 10 criteria -- including parks per person, how young a population is, how few fast-food restaurants exist and how many bars exist -- Oakland is a most-thriving and most-happening place to live, according to Movoto.com.

    In a release issued Tuesday, the city celebrated its most-exciting status.

    “Anyone who has explored Oakland’s vibrant arts scene or hip dining spots would agree that there’s a growing energy and vitality that makes our city an exciting place to live and work,” the most-exciting city's mayor, Jean Quan, said in a statement. “Word has gotten out about the beauty, diversity and excitement found in Oakland. Even The New York Times took notice when they named Oakland among the top five places to visit in the world in 2012.”

    The award completes what's been a sweep of sorts of the East Bay city in the honored list category. Of late, Oakland has also been deemed the "Greenest City in the U.S.," the city noted. And that is far from all.

    Other recent honors bestowed on Oakland include a place on the following lists: Top 15 City for Tech Startups, Ten Best Cities To Have a Dog, Among the 5 Best Markets to Sell a Home, one of America’s Most Walkable Cities, Among the Top 12 ArtPlaces in the Nation, "and one of the Gayest Cities in America," according to Oakland's official Web site.

    In terms of excitement, "Oakland took top honors in population diversity, movie theaters per square mile, museums per square mile and theater companies per square mile," the city reported.

    Art Murmur and the Oakland of Museum California, presente!