As everyone's neighbor, friend and coworker packs up and ships out, overwhelming anecdotal evidence that everyone is moving to Oakland is now confirmed by hard numbers. Alameda and Santa Clara counties gained more new residents than any other two counties in the state last year, with Alameda County in particular adding 15,367 additional residents between July 1, 2012, and July 1, 2013.
Rare areas of affordable housing paired with proximity to San Francisco and Silicon Valley has lured both young professionals and established San Francisco residents looking to sell their city houses for millions and retire to the relative calm of the east. Oakland, Fremont, Dublin and Hayward topped the list of most moved-to cities, most likely because of easy BART access (but let's not forget the seemingly unstoppable proliferation of East Bay breweries).
By contrast, San Bernardino County saw a 6,268 drop in residents, the state's largest net loss, while Los Angeles' numbers stayed flat. Another flat county was teensy Alpine, which had eight people born and eight people die last year, and no additions or losses to its 1,106 permanent residents (road trip, anyone?). Economically pinched rural counties Nevada, Shasta, Inyo, Kings, Siskiyou, Calaveras, Amador, Mono, Plumas, Modoc, Del Norte, Lassen and Sierra all saw drops in permanent residents.