An aerial view of Oakland, California.
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Facts about Oakland

Total Population: 399,477

Population of Color: 77%

Poverty Rate: 19%

Unemployment Rate: 8.4%

Median Household Income: $40,055

Homeownership Rate: 41%

Single-parent households with children under 18: 12%

Homeless population, 2004: 3,056

Subsidized units as percent of all

housing, 2004: 14%

Sources:, U.S. Census 2000, City of Oakland Consolidated Plan, 2005-2010

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