Oakland Park, Florida is located north of the North Fork River above Wilton Manors and runs north to Cypress Creek Boulevard. It is bordered on the East by Federal Highway (US 1) and I-95 to the west.
Originally named Floranda (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 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.
To the south, Oakland Park is following its next-door-neighbor Wilton Manor's model and transforming into a pedestrian community with bike racks, walking paths, and a new commuter rail line. The Women's Health Center is located here, and so is one of Fort Lauderdale's best restaurants, By Word of Mouth. It is aptly named and hard to find unless you're an Oakland Park resident. The city has several lakes that offers water views and recreation, along with its urban village amenities.
- Area: 6.9 sq mi (2 km)
- Area: 6.30 sq mi island (18 km)
- Area : 0.6 sq mi is water (2 km)
- Population: 42,000
- Households: 14,500
- Median age: 35