Union City, CA
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Living in Union City


Union City is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 70,143 people and 16 constituent neighborhoods, Union City is the 128th largest community in California.

Union City home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Union City real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Union City is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Union City is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Union City who work in computer science and math (10.71%), management occupations (9.49%), and office and administrative support (8.96%).

Also of interest is that Union City 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: 9.53% 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.

One thing noticeable about Union City, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Union City is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Union City a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

One downside of living in Union City is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Union City, the average commute to work is 35.05 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 Union City use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Union City‘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 Union City ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Union City, 41.37% 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 Union City in 2018 was $43,336, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $173,344 for a family of four.

Union City is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Union City home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Union City residents report their race to be Asian, followed by White. Union City also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 19.73% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Union City include German, Irish, Afghan, English, and Portuguese.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Union City's cultural character, accounting for 46.36% of the city’s population.

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