It’s almost the end of 2011 and perhaps a strange time to release a report on an issue so immediate and dire as homicides in our city for the past year, but due to data flow and multiple priorities for our team we’re only just getting to our update of this valuable report. This report presents the available data on homicides occurring in Oakland in 2010 and is made possible through the detailed data maintained by OPD’s Homicide Branch. Urban Strategies Council has been producing these reports for several years and we’ll be updating this new site with our historical reports very soon too. A few key highlights are included in this article, download the

 for the entire report.

City Wide: Homicides Declined on a Yearly Basis from 2006 to 2010, Yet Remained High

In Oakland in 2010, 90 people lost their lives to violence, while in the 5 year period between 2006 and 2010, our community lost 594 people.  Despite these staggering statistics, the numbers killed have been declining on a yearly basis during this period.



African-Americans Are Disproportionately the Victims of Murder

Out of the 90 people killed in 2010, 70 (78%) were African-Americans, while African-Americans composed only 28% percent of the city’s population[1].  An African-American male between the ages of 18 and 39 was over 10 times more likely to be killed by shooting than any other resident of Oakland.


Age of Victims

In 2010, 30% of people killed were young adults between the ages of 18 and 25. One in ten victims was under the age of 18.



Geographic Distribution

As always, no issue that exists in our community is evenly distributed across the city and with homicide this is very much the case. The map below illustrates how certain neighborhoods are more immune to this particular crime while others are home to high levels of such violence. In 2010 there were three community policing beats with between seven and nine homicides each while 25 beats saw no reported homicides at all.


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