Oakland Population 2017

Oakland is a large port city in California located on the San Francisco Bay. It is the third-largest city in the San Francisco Bay Area, and the eight largest city in California. Oakland has a population estimated at 405,000 in 2014, which ranks 47th in the United States.

Oakland has a population of about 405,000, up from 390,000 in 2010. Oakland is a major transportation and trade hub and the principal city of the East Bay region of the Bay Area, sitting right across from the bay and 6 miles east of San Francisco. Oakland has a population density of 7,0005 people per square mile.

Oakland has worked to reduce its high crime rate, and it continues to rank among the top cities in the United States for sustainability. It has become a major tourist destination as well. Two years ago, Oakland was named the top North American city to visit, and it was ranked 16th on "America's Coolest Cities."

Oakland Demographics

According to the 2010 Census, the racial and ethnic composition of Oakland was: White: 34.5% (non-Hispanic: 25.9%) Black or African American: 28.0% Asian: 16.8% (8.7% Chinese, 2.2% Vietnamese, 1.6% Filipino, 0.7% Cambodian, 0.7% Laotian, 0.6% Korean, 0.5% Japanese, 0.5% Indian, 0.1% Mongolian) Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander: 0.6% American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.8% Other race: 13.7% Two or more races: 5.6% Hispanic or Latino of any race: 25.4% (18.1% Mexican, 1.9% Salvadoran, 1.3% Guatemalan, 0.7% Puerto Rican)

Oakland has the 5th highest cluster of "elite zip codes," which are ranked by the number of households with the highest combination of education and income, with close to 38% of the population over 25 having a bachelors degree or higher. Oakland is also in the top 20 cities in the U.S. for median household income.

Oakland is one of the most ethnically diverse major U.S. cities, ranking 4th in diversity with a diversity score of 91.4. The white population has fallen from 95.3% in 1940 to 32.5% in 1990, and it has become a center for the African American population of Northern California, although it has lost nearly 25% of its black population since 2000, with many leaving for the Southern U.S. or the Bay Area suburbs.

Oakland also has the 3rd highest concentration of gay and lesbian people among the 50 largest cities in the country after San Francisco and Seattle.

Oakland Population Growth

In 2011, Oakland lost about 25% of its African American population. This made Oakland one of the only big cities in California to decline in size with the second largest overall population decline in California. Only Santa Ana lost more residents during this time.

The declining population trend did turn around somewhat, however, and the Bay Area went on to become the fastest-growing region in California by 2013. Alameda County was the second-fastest growing county in California from 2012 to 2013, adding 1.2%.

Year Population Change
2015 419,267 7.30%
2010 390,724 -2.20%
2000 399,484 7.30%
1990 372,242 9.70%
1980 339,337 -6.10%
1970 361,561 -1.60%
1960 367,548 -4.40%
1950 384,575 27.30%
1940 302,163 6.40%
1930 284,063 31.40%
1920 216,261 44.00%
1910 150,174 124.30%
1900 66,960 37.50%
1890 48,682 40.90%
1880 34,555 229.10%
1870 10,500 577.90%
1860 1,549 0.00%

Oakland Population in 2017 Source: Basil D Soufi

Oakland Race Data

Race Population Percentage
White 159,751 39.71%
Black or African American 104,908 26.07%
American Indian and Alaska Native 3,035 0.75%
Asian 66,532 16.54%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 2,512 0.62%
Some Other Race 41,390 10.29%
Two or More Races 24,211 6.02%

Population Pyramid