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Census Data for Oakland ...
The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2018 and it gave Oakland a population of 1,176 people.
The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Oakland a population of 1,244 people.
The city of Oakland is located in Burt County. The 2010 Census gave Burt County a population of 6,858 people. This means that Oakland had 18.14% of the county's total population, making it Burt's 2nd most populous community.
When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Oakland, they draw a boundary around the area in which they are going to conduct their count - this defines the sampling area (usually shaped as a polygon). The shape of the sampling area can be quite complex and it's important to keep in mind that the boundaries of the sampling area may or may not match the recognized boundaries of the city.
Things like the population, area and housing for Oakland reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Oakland might be different, it's best to check with the U.S. Census Bureau to resolve any difference between the two.
The 2010 Census shows that the sampling area for Oakland has a total area of 0.93 square miles [2.4 km²]. Of this total, a small amount of the area is covered by water (0 square miles [0 km²]).
Burt County has a land area of 491.6 square miles [1,273.2 km²]. At 0.93 square miles [2.4 km²], Oakland has 0.19% of the county's total land area.
Not only does the sampling area define boundaries, it also has a GPS location (latitude & longitude) that indicates a point within the sampling area (usually the center of the polygon, known as the centroid). At the time of the 2010 Census, the sampling area was located at:
Lat: 41° 50' 6" (or 41.84°) [Map]
More information on this topic and the changes between the 2000 Census and the 2010 Census can be found in the section for our Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).
Population Density ...
Using the population (1,244 people) and land area (0.93 square miles [2.4 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Oakland had a population density of 1,339 people per square mile [517 people/km²].
In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Oakland had a population of 1,367 people and a land area of 0.81 square miles [2.1 km²]. This gives a population density of 1,695 people per square mile [654 people/km²]
NOTE: Be aware that when comparing population density between the 2000 Census and the 2010 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for Oakland. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to an apple-to-oranges comparison. More information about these differences can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).
Housing Units ...
At the time of the 2010 Census, Oakland had 633 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 1,244 people, this averages 1.97 people per Housing Unit.
The 2010 Census shows Oakland had a land area of 0.93 square miles [2.4 km²]. This translates to 681 Housing Units per square mile [263.1 housing units/km²].
From the Census of 2000: Oakland had 623 Housing Units, a population of 1,367 people and a land area of 0.81 square miles [2.1 km²]. This gives a density of 2.19 people per Housing Unit and 772 Housing Units per square mile [298.3 housing units/km²].
NOTE: Repeating the caution above (under Population Density), be aware that when comparing Housing Units between the 2000 and the 2010 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for Oakland and you need to be careful when comparing between the censuses. More information about the changes can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).
Burt County ...
The community of Oakland is located in Burt County.
The county had a population of 6,858 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 1,244 people, Oakland represented 18.14% of the county's total.
In addition, where the city of Oakland has a population density of 1,339 people per square mile [517 people/km²], Burt County averages 13.95 people per square mile [5.39 people/km²].
For more information, please visit our Census Page for Burt County.
Population Rings for Oakland ...
To help identify the number of people who live in Oakland and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Oakland. We counted the number of communities within each ring and summed their populations.<4>
Census-to-Census Observations ...
When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Oakland, they start by specifying the boundaries of the area to be counted. This area (or sampling area) is a polygon and its shape can be quite complex - it may or may not match the geographical boundaries of Oakland. It's important to note that from one Census to the next, the shape and location of the polygon can change. If you need precision or details about the methodology of the Census, you should visit the U.S. Census Bureau for a definitive answer.
The sampling area (or polygon) given for the 2010 Census is 15.21% larger than the 2000 Census.
The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Oakland was 0.93 square miles [2.4 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.
The 2000 Census shows a total area of 0.81 square miles [2.1 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.
While generally coinciding with the GPS location (latitude/longitude) of Oakland, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Oakland.
For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:
Lat: 41.835081° (or 41°50'6" N) [Map]
For the 2000 Census, the location given was:
Lat: 41.835133° (or 41°50'6" N) [Map]
The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 265.8 feet to the west<5> of the location that was used in the 2000 Census.
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN) have assigned a unique GNIS identifier (#838169) to Oakland. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Oakland. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:
Lat: 41.835271° (or 41°50'6" N) [Map]
The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 257.5 feet to the west<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Oakland. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Oakland.
Miscellaneous Information for Oakland ...
The Federal government has assigned various identifying codes to each community, county and state. At one time or another, the US Census Bureau has used one (or more) of the following identifiers when referring to either Burt County or the city of Oakland:
The GNIS Codes ...
The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Oakland:
GNIS ID for Oakland: 838169
The FIPS Codes ...
An earlier (and largely obsolete) identification method was called the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS):
State Code: 31 (Nebraska)
County Code: 021 (Burt County)
Place Code: 35490 (Oakland)
Misc. Census Codes ...
Oakland is located in Census Region #2 (the Midwest Region) and Division #4 (the West North-Central Division).
For more information about the various Federal identification codes, please visit our Misc Page for Oakland.
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This page was last modified: 17 Jul 2019