The small residential city of Piedmont is located in the Eastern Hills of Alameda County, and is surrounded entirely by the city of Oakland. In 1907, the citizens of Piedmont voted that the city would be separate from the city of Oakland, and thus it was incorporated that same year. Most of Piedmont’s development took place in the 1920’s and 1930’s, however, and during this time Piedmont was known as “The City of Millionaires” because of its many wealthy residents. These early Millionaires built mansions that are still standing, and can be noted on Glen Alpine Road and Sea View Avenue in the upper part of Piedmont. Today, the city is still home to a number of influential and famous individuals.
The city is zoned primarily for single-family houses and residential use, and there are almost no multi-family dwellings in the area. There is a small business district on Highland avenue and the city provides its own fire and police departments. Property taxes are also separate from Oakland. The city is served by the noteworthy Piedmont Unified School District, which has a score of 7th out of 773 cities that were ranked by the National Center for Education Statistics and the U.S. Department of Education. Piedmont residents also enjoy access to the city’s many pristine parks, playfields and community spaces.
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