Oakland, CA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Oakland, California - Basic Facts

The City of Oakland is the 8th largest city in California with a population of 414,215 as of July 1, 2016. Oakland ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Oakland is located at latitude 37.7698 and longitude -122.2257 in Alameda County. The formal boundaries for the City of Oakland (see map below) encompass a land area of 55.89 sq. miles and a water area of 21.97 sq. miles. Alameda County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 43 feet.

The City of Oakland (GNIS ID: 2411292) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Oakland is located within Oakland CCD of Alameda County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Oakland population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Oakland, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 414,215
Population in Households 406,091
Population in Familes 289,997
Population in Group Qrtrs 8,124
Population Density1 7,411
Diversity Index2 87


Total Households 161,808
Average Household Size 2.51
Family Households 88,089
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 178,302 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 63,125 (35.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 98,683 (55.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 16,494 ( 9.3%)
Median Home Value $517,448
Average Home Value $574,597


Median Household Income $52,511
Average Household Income $83,639
Per Capita Income $33,394
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.93% 1.22%
Households 0.81% 1.14%
Families 0.81% 1.15%
Median Household Income   1.34%
Per Capita Income   1.39%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Oakland, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Oakland to the other 1,516 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 8 100th
Population Density1 # 119 92nd
Diversity Index2 # 105 93rd
Median Household Income # 845 44th
Per Capita Income # 499 67th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE California Census Data Comparison Tool.