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 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 87.42% 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 (16.72%), sales jobs (10.64%), and management occupations (10.49%).

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. 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 39.15 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.

The education level of Hercules ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Hercules, 42.94% 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 2010 was $41,962, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $167,848 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 13.81% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Hercules include German, English, Irish, Italian, and Portuguese.

In addition, Hercules has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (35.69%).

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