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Alameda is a city in Alameda County, California in United States. It is a city on a small island of the same name next to Oakland, California in the San Francisco Bay. The city has a total area of 59.5 square kilometers of which 28.0 square kilometers is land and 31.5 square kilometers is water. It has a small town feel with its Victorian homes and tree lined neighborhoods. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 72,259. It is a charter city, rather than a general law city, which meant that the city could provide for any form of government. Alameda became a charter city in 1916 and adopted a council manager government then, which it retains to the present.
The island which Alameda occupied was originally a peninsula connected to Oakland south of the Lake Merritt channel. The city consists of the main original section, with the former naval air station at the west end of Alameda Island, Southshore along the southern side of Alameda Island and Bay Farm Island, which is part of the mainland proper. The city was a home to largest coastal oak forests in the world and the area was therefore called encinal, Spanish for oakland. The Alameda arts council serves as the local city arts council.
The city provides endless recreational opportunities for visitors and locals and various vacation features. It also offers smooth sea breezes and endless blue skies all the year round supported with plentiful shopping and beautiful beaches. This place is regarded as a premier vacation destination and rated as top vacation spots in California. Hence it is one of the most visited places amongst the most die hard travelers the world over. Today, one can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and gain enthusiasm in its natural beauty and populace.

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