Piedmont is a small, affluent city in Alameda County, California, United States. It is surrounded by the city of Oakland. The population was 10,667 at the 2010 census. Piedmont was incorporated in 1907 and was developed significantly in the 1920s and 1930s. Piedmont was one of the "25 Top-Earning Towns" in CNN Money Magazine's list of 'The Best Places to Live in 2007, and was also named one of the "Best Places To Live-Urban Enclaves" in the United States in 2007 by Forbes.
Piedmont is a small, primarily residential community. Because of its school system, low crime rate and high property values, it is regarded as one of the more desirable communities to live in in the San Francisco Bay Area. Piedmont was named one of the "25 Top-Earning Towns" in CNN Money Magazine's list of 'The Best Places to Live.'
Piedmont is largely zoned for residential use. Piedmont has minimal commerce compared with statistically similar cities, and relies primarily on property taxes as a base. The city does have the small commercial district located on Highland Avenue and a small number of businesses are found on Grand Avenue near Piedmont's southwest border with Oakland.