Hercules, CA
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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 25,360 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.

One of the nice things about Hercules is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

One downside of living in Hercules is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Hercules, the average commute to work is 38.69 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Hercules use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Hercules‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the subway. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

Hercules is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 43.25% of adults in Hercules have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

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 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.