Hercules is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 25,545 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Hercules is the 281st largest community in California.
Housing costs in Hercules are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in California.
Hercules is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 87.48% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Hercules is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Hercules who work in office and administrative support (17.70%), sales jobs (10.78%), and management occupations (10.43%).
Also of interest is that Hercules has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Hercules is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
One downside of living in Hercules, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 38.69 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Hercules is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the subway helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Hercules area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
The citizens of Hercules are among the most well-educated in the nation: 43.25% of adults in Hercules have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Hercules in 2010 was $38,133, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $152,532 for a family of four.
Hercules is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Hercules home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Hercules residents report their race to be Asian, followed by Black or African-American. Hercules also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 13.32% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Hercules include German, English, Italian, Irish, and French.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Hercules's cultural character, accounting for 35.39% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Hercules is English. Other important languages spoken here include Tagalog and Spanish.