Age Groups in Oakland Over the Past Three Decades
Released: May 16, 2011
We noticed a lot of articles lately about the aging bay area population and decided to take a look at just Oakland. We threw together the last three decennial censuses: 1990, 2000, and 2010 and plotted the 5-year age categories. For comparison, we added the California 2010 Age Profile. The percentages represent the proportion of the total population represented by the age categories for that particular census count.
One interpretation of the chart is that Oakland continues to lose young people during their school age years. We continue to house college students and just start workers, but not the same amount as before--this could be the closing of the military bases. We also seem to have an age-in-place population (the baby boomers) that are chunking ahead in 10 year intervals; they are now in their mid-50s to early 60’s (probably a good time to get into the health profession).