Emeryville Census data shows 28% growth; Asians see the biggest gains; The black population decreases by 2%
The U.S. Census Bureau released some results from the 2020 Decennial Census last week. Emeryville Census data showed the city’s population increased dramatically, from about 10,080 to 12,905. by 28%.
By comparison, the Greater Bay Area, which includes Monterey and Santa Cruz counties, grew 8.3%
the Asian population of Emeryville, reflecting trends in the Greater Bay Area, had the largest population increase with 1,162 or a 3% increase. Whites remained Emeryville’s largest ethnic bloc at 4,564, or about 35% of its residents (down about 5% from 2010). All categorized ethnic groups increased in population.
Emeryville’s black population as a percentage of its residents declined slightly from about 17.2% in 2010 to 15.2%, while gaining about 235 black residents. In comparison, the black population of neighboring Berkeley dropped 13% since 2010. Oakland’s black population fell from 106,637 to 91,561, or about -14.1%. Emeryville is the only town in Alameda County that had no net loss of black residents.
Those who identify as multiracial saw a fairly significant increase from 528 to 832 residents.
Twitter Experts and Emeryville Executives were quick to draw a connection between Emeryville’s relatively smaller black population decline than our neighbors and our city’s affordable housing and recent anti-eviction policies. This cannot be supported by the data provided.
Emeryville experienced a “boom” in affordable housing during the Nora Davis/John Flores led the ‘era of redevelopment’ approving or building approximately 97% of our current stock of 973 affordable housing units. The city has struggled to build affordable housing since redevelopment was dissolved by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2012.
Emeryville hopes to complete its affordable housing stock with Housing obligation Measure C of 2018 which has up to three projects in the early planning stages. The farthest is a 90-unit supportive housing complex that dates back to 2017.
The total number of Emeryville housing units has increased over the past decade from approximately 6,646 to 7,525 (an increase of approximately 13%). Owner-occupied housing is estimated at less than 35% and is expected to decline further with nearly all major housing projects planned to be rentals.
Census data does not take into account any population displacement during the pandemic. Experts predict slower growth in the Bay Area “for the foreseeable future”. Emeryville could reverse this trend with approximately 1,221 housing units in the planning pipeline.
Browse more data at a glance about the Emeryville Census oncensus.gov.