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Hercules, CA
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Living in Hercules


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 26,016 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Hercules is the 280th 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 85.21% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Hercules is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Hercules who work in office and administrative support (14.34%), management occupations (12.36%), and healthcare (9.53%).

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 interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.83% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

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 39.43 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.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Hercules is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Hercules, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

The education level of Hercules ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Hercules, 43.94% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Hercules in 2018 was $45,865, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $183,460 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 14.45% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Hercules include German, Irish, Italian, Nigerian, and English.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Hercules's cultural character, accounting for 33.44% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Hercules is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.