About This Place
Oakland Park is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States. Originally named Floranada (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 the 2010 census, the population was 41,363, mainly due to annexation of North Andrews Gardens and Twin Lakes South. It is part of the Miami–Fort Lauderdale–Pompano Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area, which was home to 5,564,635 people at the 2010 census.
Oakland Park is located at 26°10′35″N 80°8′40″W / 26.17639°N 80.14444°W / 26.17639; -80.14444 (26.176362, -80.144509). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.9 square miles (18 km2). 6.30 square miles (16 km2) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (2 km2) of it (8.70%) is water.
Oakland Park is bisected by the Florida East Coast Railway, which runs parallel to Dixie Highway through the city's downtown. The City of Oakland Park has put into place new zoning regulations intended to transform downtown Oakland Park into a mixed-use pedestrian community. One element of the proposal is the creation of a new commuter rail station on the FEC rail line.