Union City, CA
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Union City is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 74,494 people and 15 constituent neighborhoods, Union City is the 114th largest community in California.

Housing costs in Union City 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, Union City isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Union City are a mix of both white- and blue-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 office and administrative support (15.12%), sales jobs (8.74%), and management occupations (8.74%).

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 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 32.86 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Union City 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 subway helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Union City area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The citizens of Union City are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 35.40% of adults in Union City have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Union City in 2010 was $30,463, which is upper middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $121,852 for a family of four. However, Union City contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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 21.45% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Union City include German, English, Afghan, and Portuguese.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Union City's cultural character, accounting for 45.92% of the city’s population.

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