Oakland is a somewhat small town located in the state of Tennessee. With a population of 8,118 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Oakland is the 93rd largest community in Tennessee. Oakland has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Oakland, where the median household income is $72,276.00.
Unlike some towns, Oakland isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Oakland are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Oakland is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Oakland who work in sales jobs (13.71%), office and administrative support (11.28%), and management occupations (8.02%).
Also of interest is that Oakland has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Because of many things, Oakland is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Oakland really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Oakland perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
One downside of living in Oakland, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 37.03 minutes every day commuting to work.
Being a small town, Oakland does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.
The citizens of Oakland are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 22.37% of adults in Oakland having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Oakland in 2010 was $33,965, which is wealthy relative to Tennessee, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $135,860 for a family of four. However, Oakland contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Oakland is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Oakland home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Oakland residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Oakland include Irish, English, German, European, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Oakland is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.