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 74,559 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.

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 office and administrative support (13.01%), computer science and math (9.02%), and management occupations (8.89%).

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 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.

In Union City, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 34.49 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

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 population of Union City is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 35.45% of adults in Union City have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Union City in 2010 was $34,727, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $138,908 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 20.90% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Union City include German, Irish, English, Portuguese, and Afghan.

Union City also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 45.38%.

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