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 26,276 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.
Unlike some cities, Hercules isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Hercules are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. 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 (12.69%), management occupations (11.94%), and healthcare (10.38%).
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 39.67 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 bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Hercules area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
Hercules is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 43.23% 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 2018 was $45,392, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $181,568 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 White. Hercules also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 15.82% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Hercules include German, Irish, Other Arab, Turkish, and English.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Hercules's cultural character, accounting for 33.53% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Hercules is English. Other important languages spoken here include Tagalog and Spanish.