More details about Oakland and San Francisco from the Bay Citizen:
*33,000 blacks left the city
*The number of whites, Asians and Latinos in Oakland all increased--but not in big enough numbers to keep Oakland from shrinking 2.2%
*Asian population increased by 'over 30,000'
*White population increased by 5,000
*Black and Latino populations declined, but not enough to prevent the city from growing 3.7%
What the Census Says about the Bay Area
Contra Costa County grows the fastest, while Oakland shrinks and San Francisco becomes more Asian
By Aaron Glantz on March 8, 2011 - 1:00 p.m. PST
....Among California's 20 largest cities, Oakland was one of only two to shrink between 2000 and 2010....the East Bay city lost 8,760 residents over the past decade.
During the course of the decade, nearly 33,000 African-Americans left Oakland, the data shows, while the numbers of white, Asian and Hispanic residents increased.
The population loss came despite the building of thousands of new condo units, part of former Mayor Jerry Brown's much-ballyhooed "10K Plan" to reinvigorate downtown Oakland.
"A lot of people came, but a lot of people also left," Cobb said.
Like Oakland, San Francisco also saw an exodus of African-Americans, but this was more than offset by growth in the city's the city's Asian population — which rose by more than 30,000 even as the numbers of blacks dropped.
Overall, the city's population grew by 3.7 percent to 805,235 residents between 2000 and 2010.
"The Asian community is growing everywhere [in San Francisco] — the Excelsior, Portola, Visitacion Valley," said Max Kirkeberg, a professor emeritus of geography at San Francisco State University....
Many Asian Americans are also moving into newly built condos in the South Beach and Mission Bay neighborhoods, he said, fueled by the biotech campus of the University of California, San Francisco, which is still under construction.
The number of whites in the city rose by a modest 5,000.